Ira Stoll on Why the GOP Should Run a JFK-Style Conservative for President in 2016


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The most influential figure in the Republican presidential contest just may be a Democrat who died more than 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy.

When Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer recently predicted Marco Rubio as the eventual 2016 winner, Krauthammer praised the senator from Florida with a label encapsulating political vigor, pro-growth ideas, and a robust foreign policy of peace through strength: "Kennedyesque." Ditto for Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas. On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, Cruz published a remarkable piece crediting Kennedy with laying the foundation for Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and Cold War victory.

The time has come, writes Ira Stoll, for the GOP to nominate a JFK-style conservative for president.