Alexander to make bid for third term in Senate with strong backing

Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderOvernight Regulation: Lawsuits pile up against Obama overtime rule The American people are restive, discouraged and sometimes suicidal GOP chairman eyes lame-duck for passing medical cures bill MORE (R-Tenn.) on Saturday officially unveiled his campaign for a third term.

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Alexander announced that Rep. John J. Duncan will be the chairman of his 2014 reelection campaign and revealed that he will be backed by nearly the entire Tennessee GOP delegation.

Only Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who is under fire for alleged violations of medical ethics for having affairs with patients, is not on board.

Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerUS general calls out Pakistan on support for Afghan militants This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Senate rejects push to block Saudi arms sale MORE and Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnOvernight Healthcare: Mylan CEO faces bipartisan outrage over EpiPen pricing House panel votes to hold fetal tissue company in contempt Top Dem to GOP leaders: Halt panel's plan to charge firm tied to Planned Parenthood MORE, Phil Roe, Diane BlackDiane BlackIvanka sells Trump childcare to Capitol Hill Trump calls congresswoman to stage at child care policy speech Overnight Healthcare: Zika funding stalemate drags on | Tighter rules for ObamaCare sign-ups | New EpiPen probe MORE, Stephen FincherStephen FincherRep. Fincher to retire Export-Import Bank takes step toward renewal Transportation deal includes Ex-Im renewal MORE and Chuck FleischmannChuck FleischmannHouse candidate wants to 'Make America White Again' House passes bill to combat ISIS recruitment online Legislation to combat ISIS propaganda faces pushback from Dems MORE all co-chair the Alexander campaign.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell round out the list.

In making his announcement, Alexander highlighted a need for fiscal discipline.

“Our country has serious problems to solve,” Alexander said. “We must fix the debt and move more decisions out of Washington. We must find better ways to help Americans move from the back of the line to the front in our struggling economy. It is time to stop making speeches and to start getting results.”

Alexander has been working with a bipartisan group of eight other senators to find a deficit grand bargain, including new tax revenue, for the last two years. His openness to tax revenue and compromise had provoked speculation he could face a primary challenge in 2014.

Alexander last year announced he was stepping down as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference to focus on solving the nation’s debt problems. The announcement paved the way for Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate to vote on 9/11 veto override Wednesday This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Saudi skeptics gain strength in Congress MORE (R-Texas) to easily become the minority whip in 2013.