Three Tea Party senators are angling for the White House — and could be one another’s greatest obstacles to winning the GOP nomination.
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), three favorites of the conservative movement, have been quietly jostling for position over policy and stature within the party. Cruz has emerged as one of the foremost critics of the bipartisan immigration reform Rubio is pushing while Paul and Rubio have amassed strikingly similar voting records.
“Clearly there are three conservative Republican senators that think they have a shot at the White House and are going to try to stake out their territory the best they can,” said GOP strategist and former Senate leadership senior staffer Ron Bonjean. “The pressure is on for them to distinguish themselves from each other. They have their work cut out for them.”