Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., will give back-to-back speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, which will no doubt fuel the speculation about a potential showdown over the White House in 2016.
From The Hill:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will speak to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at 1:15 p.m. on the event’s opening day. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will follow 15 minutes later.
The conference double-header gives the CPAC audience its first chance to directly compare and contrast two ambitious lawmakers who have found early-career success as favorites of Tea Party Republicans.
Each senator is fresh off giving another high-profile speech that set them up as a potential Republican candidate in the next presidential race: Rubio with his rebuttal to the President's State of the Union, and Paul with his filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to CIA chief.