Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

McCain, Dole react to Cruz’s criticism

cruz,tedSen. Ted Cruz (in photo), R-Texas, joked at the Conservative Political Action Conference about “President McCain,” “President Romney” and “President Dole,” suggesting they didn’t “stand for principle” as GOP presidential nominees. Afterward, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on MSNBC that he didn’t mind being criticized but “Bob Dole is such a man of honor and integrity and principle. I hope that Ted Cruz will apologize to Bob Dole because that’s, that has crossed a line that, to me, is – leaves the realm of politics and discourse that we should have in America.” McCain also said: “I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country.” Dole’s response: “Cruz should check my voting record before making comments. I was one of President Reagan’s strongest supporters, and my record is that of a traditional Republican conservative.”

Open thread (March 10)


Roberts doesn’t dispute accounting of time in Kansas

robertsleftAfter the New York Times reported that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was using the house of some Dodge City donors as his voting residency, Roberts’ staff declined to detail how much time he spends in Kansas, according to Washington Examiner columnist Byron York. But an unnamed source gave York information indicating that in 2012 Roberts was in Kansas for all or part of 65 days, York wrote, leaving “151 days in 2012 when the Senate was not meeting and Roberts was not in Kansas.” Roberts didn’t dispute the numbers, telling York: “I don’t measure my service in days. I try to measure it in results.” Meanwhile, campaign e-mails from Roberts’ tea party challenger in the GOP primary, Leawood radiologist Milton Wolf, now refer to “Pat Roberts (R-VA).” Wolf has his own problems, though, including the Public Policy Polling survey showing that only 29 percent of GOP primary voters are familiar with him.

Poll good for prospects of Moran-led GOP Senate takeover

gopvoteA recent Washington Post-ABC poll should make Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., feel good about how he’s doing as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “While the generic ballot (would you vote for a Republican or Democrat?) is very close nationally, the GOP holds a significant 50 percent to 42 percent margin in only the 34 states holding Senate contests in 2014,” noted the Post’s Fix blog. “That stat is certainly encouraging for the GOP’s hopes to win six seats and the Senate majority – a goal that appears increasingly achievable.” Though GOP prospects in the Senate look good, 68 percent of those surveyed think that Republicans are out of touch with the concerns of most people. The public also favors Democrats over Republicans on the key issues of helping the middle class, health care, immigration, energy and tax policies.