Rubio, Ryan fuel the 2016 flames with humor

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File Photo (L-R) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)  speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, on October 16, 2012 in...
File Photo (L-R) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, on October 16, 2012 in...
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) added fuel to the already smoldering fire of 2016 presidential speculation with a few laugh lines Tuesday night at the Jack Kemp Foundation dinner in Washington, D.C.

In his first big public speech since his November loss, Ryan invited Rubio out to lunch, asking, “You know any good diners in New Hampshire or Iowa?”

Rubio responded: “Thank you for your invitation for lunch in Iowa and New Hampshire, but I will not stand by and watch the people of South Carolina be ignored.”

Both men were also clearly trying to move past the GOP losses of 2012. They each laid out their visions for expanding the party’s appeal to the middle class. Watch Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro on the 2016 watch.

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Rubio, Ryan fuel the 2016 flames with humor

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