Senator Cruz vows to speak against ‘Obamacare’ as long as he can
by Donna Cassata, Associated Press
September 25, 2013 12:19 AM | 1004 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Cruz says he will speak until he's no longer able to stand in opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law. <Br>The Associated Press
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. Cruz says he will speak until he's no longer able to stand in opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law.
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WASHINGTON — Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an old-style filibuster over President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, even though fellow Republicans urged him to back down for fear of a possible government shutdown in a week.

Cruz vowed to speak until he’s “no longer able to stand,” and filled the time in a largely empty chamber, criticizing the law, talking about the Revolutionary War, the Washington ruling class and even linking his Cuban-born father who worked as a cook to a recitation of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”

“I rise today in opposition to Obamacare,” Cruz said at 2:41 p.m., and he cast the 3-year-old law as a job killer and a “liberal train wreck.” Five hours later he was showing no signs of letting up.

Egged on by conservative groups, the potential 2016 presidential candidate excoriated Republicans and Democrats in his criticism of Obama’s signature domestic achievement and Congress’ unwillingness to gut the law. Cruz supports the House-passed bill that would avert a government shutdown and defund Obamacare, as do many Republicans.

However, they lack the votes to stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), from moving ahead on the measure, stripping the health care provision and sending the spending bill back to the House.

That didn’t stop Cruz’ quixotic filibuster. During his talkathon, a few senators joined Cruz on the Senate floor, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, both of whom have been mentioned as possible presidential candidates. Cruz yielded to them for questions but did not give up his time controlling the debate.

“It is my hope, my fervent hope, that the voices of dissension within the Republican conference will stop firing at each other and start firing” at the target of the health care law, Cruz said, a clear acknowledgment of the opposition he faced.

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September 25, 2013
This is a real Republican not a John McCain liberal Demo-Republican Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are the only ones leading the way for America. We need a debt limit in this country I guess it’s okay for Obama to keep using the credit card from the Bank of China as he said of George Bush Jr... The IRS needs to be replaced with flat Federales tax tried to GDP not to exceed and wars have to be funded.
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