Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Strike Out to Re-Brand Their Party

Rubio and Paul represent the new guard of the Grand Ol' Party.

Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, left, and Rand Paul of Kentucky hold significantly different foreign policy philosophies.

Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, left, and Rand Paul of Kentucky represent the new guard of the Grand Ol' Party.

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Rubio and Paul aren't the only examples of Republicans seeking to wrestle the mantle of 'thought leader' from their elders—Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have also recently made high-profile public appearances. All are also already jockeying for position for presidential bids in 2016. The question is whether or not their GOP colleagues are prepared to walk the walk and follow them into the future or instead double-down on the political recipe that has made them successful in House races, but has won them little ground nationally.

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