Paul Ryan would put the Republican Party in better shape, because he has a better appeal to liberals as well as conservatives that put him in a place to attract voters away from Hillary ( if she runs). Although Marco Rubio is a fine candidate Paul Ryan would simply do better.
I thank my opponent for accepting this debate. Despite similar voting records, Rubio's self-reflective rhetoric allows in his future a fact-responsive, technocratic shift that gives him an edge over the factual ignorance of Paul Ryan's blame game. Rubio has walked the line of Congressional compromise on immigration, which will become increasingly important to the republican party overtime. Rubio has never given a speech of deception like Paul Ryan's 2012 speech to the RNC , nor written a budget resolution that fails to do justice to the basics of conservative economics .
With the deepest respect to Senator Rubio he is only slightly more well known than Ryan himself. I do greatly admire Rubio truly I do but Paul Ryan is less polarizing than Rubio especially in my state which is a swing state (Wisconsin).
I would be hard-pressed to rank either as more 'moderate' than the other, but while Ryan adopts firm opinions (ie. $1 debt is a higher priority than $1 growth ) alongside their permanent popularity risks, and Romney adopts elastic opinions to cater to poll numbers (ie. abortion), Rubio has mastered the 'elastic popularity risk' to absorb the best of both worlds. The immigration controversy defined his ability to firmly resist pressure from the left, the right, and the poll numbers, and to bounce back later . He knows how to raise money on the right without arming the left with sound bytes to rally its base. He coldly calculates his criticisms of opponents while relishing his every chance to praise them in between - a reverse strategy from that of less talented politicians. He is explicitly open to admitting he is wrong. Ultimately the entire republican party will have to adopt a similar strategy before it returns to its grand old glory.
It's not quite so hard pressing to to rank one more moderate over the other, but that is irrelevant. Rubio has mastered the elastic popularity risk, but he has not put that to the test on a race for the most powerful seat in the nation. Ryan, however has. Rubio does calculate his critics well, that's the makings of a good politician, but Ryan takes his head-on, which was demonstrated in the first weeks of the campaign. Of course Rubio has admitted he's been wrong, on a bit of a side note anyone who says they have never done anything wrong is a blatant liar. I agree that they Republican Party needs to adopt a strong platform, but they need Ryan's platform, to talk about things considered democrat grab issues as well as conservative grab issues.