Sen. 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.”
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