By Erik Wasson - 09/21/13 10:00 AM EDT
Next week could be a defining moment for Sen. Ted Cruz.
The presidential contender’s quest to defund ObamaCare has made him more popular with the base than ever, but that acclaim could fade if he is perceived as retreating from battle — or if the strategy he’s advocated backfires on the GOP.
“I think what happens in this fight will have a big bearing on the standing of a lot of these folks in our party,” Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) said. “It is one thing to talk, it is a another thing to deliver.”