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Krauthammer’s Take: Rubio’s Theme: ‘Do You Want Old, or Do You Want New?’

Marco Rubio is in, and his message is clear. “This was clearly a speech about old and new,” says Charles Krauthammer.

“This goes back not just to Clinton in ’92 or Obama in ’08; this is to Kennedy in 1960,” Krauthammer observed on Monday evening, following Rubio’s speech in Miami. “Remember, in his inaugural address he said the torch has been passed to a new generation. This is generational, he [Rubio] said it openly. Basically he’s saying, ‘Do you want old or do you want new?’ And he’s also implying, versus Jeb Bush, ‘Do you want privileged or unprivileged?’ And, ‘I’m the one.’ I mean that’s his attractiveness.”

“His issue is, he’s unknown,” said Krauthammer, “but that gives him a very high upside. The only question is, does he have the skill, the dynamism, can he give a ringing speech, and can he do well in the debates [in such a way] that will give substance to what the promise is. The promise is youth, energy and a new leaf. That’s his hope, that’s what he talked about tonight.”

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