02/14/2013 08:47 am ET Updated Apr 16, 2013

Rand Paul Emerging As Anti-Marco Rubio 2016 Choice For Tea Party Faithful

Sens. Marco Rubio's and Rand Paul's delivery of back-to-back rebuttals of President Barack Obama's speech to Congress - Rubio as the Republican response, Paul as the tea party rejoinder - raises some tantalizing questions:

With Rubio being stamped as the early favorite in the 2016 Republican White House race, is Paul emerging as a leading alternative among tea party faithful and other hard-line conservative activists?

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