November 13, 2013 2:35 PM

Can a tea party senator make deals with Democrats and survive?

While fellow Republicans such as Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky, blaze political trails – and possible presidential runs – as uncompromising conservative firebrands, Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey is carving out a reputation as a steady-as-he-goes pragmatist who works with Democrats while maintaining his conservative credentials.

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