As the 2012 presidential race heats up, all eyes are on who Republican candidate Mitt Romney will choose as his running mate. Here is a group of Romney's possible picks for vice president, including Ohio senator Rob Portman, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, among other potential VP nominees.
Faced by families of victims of the recent Florida mass shooting on CNN, Marco Rubio took a new stance on gun laws: The notoriously risk-averse senator endorsed raising the age for buying a rifle and said he was “reconsidering” opposition to limits on high-capacity magazines.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
The $1.5 trillion tax reform bill narrowly passed the Senate and is now being debated in the House, where it needs to be passed by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. " I think people are going to change their view on this," said Speaker leader Paul Ryan.
Former Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is considering running for former Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota seat. “There's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic," she said. "We're trying to be wise."