New GOP senators show moderated, cooperative tone
WASHINGTON - The Republican Party's new freshmen senators who sometimes sounded big tea-party themes during their campaign are adopting a more moderate tone as they prepare to enter Congress.
A few of the 11 incoming GOP senators may still opt to battle party leaders, as some tea party-backed House Republicans have done. Thus far, however, they have cooled their earlier rhetoric on topics ranging from abortion to an alleged United Nations plot to take away farmers' property rights.
Says senator-elect Ben Sasse of Nebraska: "I'm not a bomb thrower." Sasse describes himself and others in the new Senate class as "conservative in philosophy but prudent in temperament."
Welcoming them to his Capitol office Wednesday, Republican and soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the GOP senators-elect "a great new bunch."