September 24th, 2013
03:17 PM ET
11 months ago

Cruz says he'll talk until 'I am no longer able to stand'

Washington (CNN) - Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon for remarks on the shutdown debate that could potentially last through the night - a dramatic step in defense of his high profile, controversial plan to prevent any funding for Obamacare.

"I intend to speak until I am no longer able to stand," he said.

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Yup, this guy is smitten with all the attention he's getting. This flavor of the month will soon be forgotten.

    September 24, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    freedom

    What a breath of fresh air coming out of the divisive, destructive, stranglehold of the Washington establishment with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama at the helm. We're behind you, Ted –
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    Haven't you heard the news? Cruz has already admitted that he cannot stop the Senate vote on a bill without the "defund amendment" included in it. Why not? Simple math.

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    @Sniffit – "It's a FAUXLIBUSTER" I suspect that there's more than enough bipartisan votes for cloture, which would kill any filibuster from Cruz before it got off the ground. And do, they're giving him the rope that he's demanded to grandstand.

    September 24, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Flavor of the month, soon to be forgotten.

    September 24, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -DemoBorg Party Wants YOU!!

    We are looking for a few good, non-thinking, uneducated, unmotivated, couch potatoes that like to do no more than walk to the mailbox for their monthly government check. Benefits include free food stamps (paid for by your working neighbor), free housing (paid for by your working neighbor), free healthcare (paid for by your working neighbor), free cell phone (paid for by your working neighbor), free job drugs (paid for by your working neighbor).

    Join now before the Christmas rush for free everything!!
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    Wow. Just a laundry list of lies. Its too bad the turd that wrote this gem can't recognize how easily he/she/it can be played by afew wealthy, bored people who have the luxury of deciding who loses their job, who lsoes their health insurance, etc. By the way, free job drugs? Reading Alvin Toffler or something? Nah, that would actually require you to be able to read.

    September 24, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. tom l

    @The Real Tom Paine,
    I don't make comments about them because they are insignificant. They mean nothing to me as their opinion is useless.

    I'm tired of hearing how our country is so racist when it's not. I'm sick of hearing about some loudmouths who make stupid comments and then they are somehow representative of all conservatives. It's silly and it stifles debate. Sniffit will tell people to grow up while he uses name calling as a primary tactic. Calling people GOP/Teatrolls is sophmoric and only proves my point of his hypocrisy. You can't chastise someone for the tactics that you then employ and use on a daily basis.

    I will say this: more people voted FOR Obama due to the color of his skin than people who voted AGAINST him due to the color of his skin. And PD Sniffit is absolutely representative of the latter half. It's painfully obvious. And for the record, while I don't defend, nor want to, the likes of Fair is Fair or Hector Slagg or Donna, they certainly have never once made any comment with regards to Obama's skin color. But Sniffit sure has. In fact, every day he does.

    September 24, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    @demoborg. . . I don't know how old you are but if you have ever worked a day in your life and you live long enough to retire you will be getting your social security check every month, you might need, because social security is not enough food stamps to the tune of $4.50 a day and who can live on $17,000, if, a year. You might be lucky to have a roof over your head or you can move to warmer climates and live in a park. Cell phone? Who you gonna call,your teatards in congress? They could care less about you, where you live and whether you drop dead. As a matter of fact to them that is cheaper than having medical insurance and any drugs you might be taking could be morphine for your pain because you are sick and no hospital will take care of you so you sell your last can of cat food for some drugs.
    How dare you think that you should have what they get free from our taxes.

    September 24, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. just asking

    The Real Tom Paine
    So, a breath of fresh air translates into destroying the country?
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    shutting down the great welfare machine is destroying the country??? but running up $10 trillion in debt in 8 years is not a problem??? but record 7.3% unemployment for a record length of time is not destroying the country???

    oh i see!! it is only when the gravy train shuts down that the country is destroyed.

    September 24, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Gotta love the planted "questions" from Lee and Pamperman Vitter. What. a. freekin. circus.

    September 24, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. the hippies were right

    And in the end, the ACA will still be law and it will still help thousands and thousands from both parties and as it becomes clearer that it is beneficial to everyone the word Obamacare will never be mentioned again by Fox or the GOP. That day is coming regardless, so let the games and grandstanding continue. After 2014 when the democrats are in control of the house and senate and presidency, for the next 10 years, the word GOP will vanish too!

    September 24, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Rusty Krus

    @President Darky
    I really really hate it when people stand up to me. Don't they know I was elected Emperor and can do as I wish. He will pay for this insult. Get me the head of the IRS!

    It must be lonely knowing you hate one of the most popular presidents in history and you are part of a party that is dead. All you can do is post 6th grade stuff like this.

    September 24, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. rs

    s

    I say adjourn the house until the democrats pass the bill that was sent to them. the house speaks for the people and the people do not want obamacare. i'd rather see a government that does not represent the will of the people shut down rather than allow it to continue to jam this bs down our throats. it is time that the people draw a red line and not back down.
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    What you and the other radicals forget is that in the meantime the President got re-elected to defend the ACA. I think its time to ARREST Republicans in Congress- for treason and sedition.
    -–

    I agree 100%. I demand and need total control in order to save you from those nasty free thinkers.
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    The nome de plume " President Darky" is indicative of where the mindet of some on teh right is sitting. Also, if the Right were real freethinkers, they would be atheists, and since many still have difficulty dealing with the Scientific Method and Evolution, I would say that your comments are of as much intellectual value as, say, just sayin or gunderson. Living in a bubble of race-driven thought is never pretty. As far as Ted Cruz is concerned, this is his Mr. Smith moment, but its the moneyed interests, the insurance companies and people like the Koch Brothers who would benefot from this. The people that want to keep you enlaved on the corporate plantation are the ones who are talking about freedom in one breath, and screwing you like they ahve for decades in the next breath. Its Frank Capra in reverse with Cruz.
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    Thanks RTP-

    I just find it supremely amusing the Righties here today keep falling into their own criticisms of others- The gag about GOP and free thinkers though, THAT one is too funny. If the GOP had an original thought at this point it might be remarkable.

    September 24, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    And BTW, tom, next time you feel like trying to flip the racism accusation around, take yourself to Google and find an article about something like Charlie Rangel that was authored on a "liberal" website and showed up on Drudge. Last time it happened, it exploded with 4,000 angry conservative bigots dropping the n-bomb every third word. I calls 'em like you guys behave. Does that mean I have accused you personally? No. But you support and enable them by voting for them, so live with it. You are judged by the company you keep.

    September 24, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. JGB

    This guy has something in common with GW Bush. Both were ignored by their fathers and are starved for attention. The sad part is that both have been given power by ignorant people and both have abused that power.

    September 24, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    Well, I can't understand any of what Cruz is doing. Senate Republicans hate him for acting out of turn; House Republicans hate him for not being able to deliver on his promises. None of this bodes well for a Presidential bid. So what is he doing? Why? I think we're at that point in the movie where the protagonist is making a fool of himself at a large gathering and people start walking away in a state of embarrassment.

    September 24, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    Good. Then go stand in a corner and we will give you a dunce hat as well.

    September 24, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. $$$$

    Cruz is right to stand up and say what a POS that the Obamacare legislation really is. Union members in the past have fought and sometimes died to get the benefits that they enjoy today but will not have tomorrow because of Obamacare. This bill needs to be stopped and re-written.

    September 24, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    I dunno which train wreck was more fascinatingly embarrassing to watch: Miley Cyrus' pre-pubescent skinny white girl body trying to twerk at the VMA awards or this. Turd Cruz is going to regret all the quotes he's handing us and the damage he's doing to himself with this stunt.

    September 24, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Will Ted Cruz be wearing a catheter and a diaper ?

    Can Ted break Randy Pauls record of 13 hours ?

    The TeaParty is turning politics into a game show .
    Tom Delay on dancing with the stars , Sarah Palin on meet my moose .
    Whats next , Darrell Issa staring in Grand Theft Auto , or maybe , " The Wonderful World of Boehner ".

    It's all about recognition and a photo opportunity for Ted !

    September 24, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. DemoBorg Party Wants YOU!!

    It appears the truth is too much for you leftist losers to take. Mindless takers like you are what is destroying this country. Yes, the truth really does hurt.

    September 24, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    The Real Tom Paine
    So, a breath of fresh air translates into destroying the country?
    -

    shutting down the great welfare machine is destroying the country??? but running up $10 trillion in debt in 8 years is not a problem??? but record 7.3% unemployment for a record length of time is not destroying the country???

    oh i see!! it is only when the gravy train shuts down that the country is destroyed.
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    How is derailing the recovery going to help? You are such a selfish, sick individual you can't even see that you will hurt more people than you help. And who is to blame for unemployment still being there? Who has done everything possible to create uncertaintty in the economy because they have the same, worthless formula that has failed time and time again, of giving the wealthy more money? The people who feed you your worthless propaganda each day sit there and laugh at the struggles of ordinary people: in other words, people like you. Once again, you proved that narcissism and bipolar disorder are what make up the core of conservatism today. now, go be agood boy and take your kmeds , or we"ll turn off FOX for you.

    September 24, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -DemoBorg Party Wants YOU!!

    It appears the truth is too much for you leftist losers to take. Mindless takers like you are what is destroying this country. Yes, the truth really does hurt.
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    If I wanted to be a mindless taker, I would watch FOX, move to a red state, and take all the money that NJ, NY, andd CA could send me.

    September 24, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. President Messiah Darky

    I command you all to stop picking on Sniffin... He is damaged goods. We don't want any more crazy episodes like we had in Washington last week.

    September 24, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. jinx9to88

    Bring on the Vote Already!!!! All of you GOP supporters keep sending these wacko's your lunch money. Cruz is history!!

    September 24, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Thomas

    @DemoBorg Party Wants YOU!!
    It appears the truth is too much for you leftist losers to take. Mindless takers like you are what is destroying this country. Yes, the truth really does hurt.
    ========

    By any chance are you the guy selling used Waffen-SS underwear on ebay ?

    September 24, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    Senator Cruz simply isn't very bright is he?
    Obamacare is far from perfect – – but Cruz and the far right have so far demonstrated that they are more interested in destroying than in creating something better. Two thirds of personal US bankruptcies occur because a hard-working person gets sick and can't pay their medical bills.
    For people like DemoBorg Party Wants YOU!! and other imbeciles, this is serious stuff – and shouldn't be motivated solely out of malice for Obama or orther officials. Unfortunately, some people are just too stupid to understand this.

    September 24, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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