Magazine April 30, 2012, Issue

Youth Movement

Josh Mandel talks to seniors at a nursing home in Sabina, Ohio. (Nick Carey/Reuters)
Josh Mandel takes on Sherrod Brown

Dayton, Ohio

The first Senate candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) endorsed this year was Ohio’s state treasurer, Josh Mandel. On the day of his endorsement, Rubio explained to Fox News why he favored Mandel over his Democratic colleague, Senator Sherrod Brown. “We need . . . to tackle some of these issues like saving Medicare and Social Security,” he said. “We will not do that with the current bunch that is in charge right now. We will need to make some changes.”

A Senator Mandel would be quite the change. The 34-year-old, fresh-faced Republican is 25 years younger than the 59-year-old

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