Last night at the annual Jack Kemp dinner, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan both made speeches. I want to play the sound bites for you. I’m going to withhold characterization ’til we go through them. I have three from Rubio, and I have three from Paul Ryan. I’ll be honest, I have read transcripts. I’ve not heard this. So I’ll be listening to it with you for the first time. As I say, I will withhold comment ’til after I’ve heard it all. I’m afraid that I’m not gonna want to comment, only because of what I have been told, that what we had last night was sort of big government conservatism on parade. I hope that’s not the case. But let’s just go. Here’s the first of three from Marco Rubio.

RUBIO: The existence of a large and vibrant American middle class, that goes to the very essence of America’s exceptional identity. See, every country in the world has rich people. But only a few places have achieved a vibrant and stable middle class. And in the history of the world, none has been more vibrant and more stable than the great American middle class. One of the fundamental challenges before us is to find an appropriate and sustainable role for government and closing that gap between the dreams of millions of Americans and the opportunities for them to realize them.

RUSH: Okay. That’s the first of three. Let me underline something here. I’m not gonna say anything. I promised you I’d reserve commentary. Here’s the second one.

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