Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who hasn’t shied away from angering the more traditional wing of his Republican Party, drew another rebuke from a political veteran: Bob Dole, a former Senate leader and presidential contender.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie challenged his fellow Republicans to put forward more policy positions to solve the nation’s ills as he courted a constituency crucial to a potential presidential bid.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter cited “serious health issues” in her family in announcing her plans to exit the campaign for a Wyoming seat in the U.S. Senate, according to the New York Times.
Republican leaders across the party’s ideological spectrum are lining up behind front-runner Mitt Romney in an escalating effort to conclude the presidential primary battle and close ranks before the general election.
U.S. Representative Dennis Ross, a Florida Republican, said he would support a broad spending deal that didn’t include changes to the health-care law, becoming the first Tea Party-backed House lawmaker to publicly back off the fight that has shut down the government for five days.