In 1992, the Democrats offered a young, Southern, appealing ticket—Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas (age 46) and Senator Al Gore of Tennessee (44). They were both photogenic and represented a new generation of leadership after Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. The fact that both were from the South did not undermine their candidacies.
Now in 2016, we have a potential similarity offered by the Republicans—Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (age 45) and Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina (45 on Inauguration Day in 2017). They are young, Southern, appealing, photogenic, and represent a new generation of leadership. And they are ethnic minorities, with parents from Cuba and India.
Could the Republicans revive their party and save it from Donald Trump, age 70, and an outsider who is destroying the Republican Party?
We shall see in the coming days, weeks, and months!