Mar 23, 2015 2:01 AM GMT
NYT: Mr. Cruz underscores his intention to appeal to the Christian conservatives who make up a pivotal voting bloc in many Republican primary states.
Mr. Cruz, 44, who was elected in 2012, gained fame by trying to block funding for President Obama’s health law in 2013. His tactics resulted in a partial closure of the federal government, a turn of events that made “Cruz” a four-letter word to his party’s leadership but endeared him to many conservative activists hungry for politicians who would confront both parties.
But in recent months, Mr. Cruz has been overshadowed by other potential Republican candidates in the early competition for donors, staff, volunteers and news coverage. Most notably, Mr. Walker has drawn attention from those interested in an alternative to former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.