September 24th, 2013
03:17 PM ET
10 years 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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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Well, I can no longer stand him. So I guess this stunt will make us even.

    September 24, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    What a jerk! Enough of the political grandstanding. I wish sometimes our Congress was like those in other governments when they actually come to blows because Cruz would be the first one to get socked in his face.

    September 24, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Evergreen

    You can also hold your breath until you turn blue in the face. The result will be the same.

    September 24, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Let's see who has most endurance: Ted Cruz; Rand Paul; or Wendy Davis? Remember, Davis didn't have any prep time.

    September 24, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    And within his first sentence, he'll have talked until the rest of us can't stand it.

    September 24, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. 82ndABNVET

    Get it!

    September 24, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Sniffit

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

    And then what, yell and scream about tyranny when someone says the time limit set by the rules is up? THIS IS NOT A FILIBUSTER. Filibusters are not allowed during this part of the process. He's doing it now instead of a real filibuster for precisely that he doesn't have to actually filibuster but can pretend that he did. It's a FAUXLIBUSTER (credit to a friend who just came out with that word). It's nothing but grandstanding with no real procedural purpose or weight.

    September 24, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Republicans are worried about their 'brand.' They already have the reputation of the Ford Pinto catching on fire, and the Chevy truck exploding saddlebag tanks. They will always be referred to as 'domestic terrorists.'

    September 24, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |

    Go away and let us have health care.

    September 24, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    In a previous post, it appears I have offended super sensitive little @tom l. When he is upset, he always plays the race card. Man up, boy!

    September 24, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -President Darky


    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.
    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.
    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.

    September 24, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Clock started lets see if he can follow through on what he said. "I will talk until I can no longer stand" I am willing to bet that he will not only stop talking before he collapses 'unable to stand', but that he will not even make it as long as Rand Paul did on drones.

    September 24, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Denise

    It'd be better to watch a rerun of Jerry Seinfield......truly a show about nothing!

    September 24, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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    September 24, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. 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 –

    September 24, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. CB FL

    Cruz do you know what 90% of Americans think about you. NOT MUCH!

    September 24, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Anything to fuel his teatard followers to send him money.
    This is NOT for any good cause. This is all so that we remember some idiot in 2013 dropped dead because of a filibuster.
    Okay, fine, I can dream, can't I?
    Little boy having a little temper tantrum is what he is going to be remembered for. He still doesn't get that he will NEVER be president. He is Canadian and was born in Canada and this country will NEVER let him get near the WH unless he procures a ticket like the rest of the tourists ( whenever the rethugs do away with the sequester).
    He is like a male version of the flake and the screecher all tightly wound together by moon beams = lunatic!

    September 24, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. 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!

    September 24, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @ PD Sniffit
    "note to GOP/Teatrolls: "destroy President Darky" is not a "principle.""

    Wow dude. Wow. I can't believe that actually made it past the censors. You are disgusting. By the way, Cruz is a minority, just to let you know. Every bit as much a minority as President Obama.

    Once again, YOU are the one ties race into this. YOU are the one that introduces a horribly offensive word and it just flows from you like any other word. Hence, my assumptions about you are becoming more and more true by the day.

    Tom, Sniffit has been posting on here for a number of years, as have I. When I started to read the ticker, I was stunned by the number of racist posts on the ticker and in accompanying articles. They were vile attacks directed at the preseident, his wife, and any number of other people of color, If Sniffit makes references to race, its because we have seen a lot of horrible, vile things said about our president for the sole reason that he is black. My wife recently had to discipline a person who worked with her who kept referring to the President as " the monkeyman". Sniffit is entitled to rant, just as all of us are, and as long as there are thoughtless fools on the Right wing fringe that call anyone of color a monkey, or any number of things, we will call him on it. Snifitt has obviously struck a nerve with you, since you confront him over it daily. Why do you feel the need to confront him? I don't regard you as a racist, but you never call out members of your side for obviously ignorant comments. I wish you would do that.

    September 24, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Is he wearing pink running shoes? Whatever, maybe he will lose his voice (literally), fall down, and everybody
    can just stop over him.
    He deserves the same respect he has shown for the American people. None, and that's what he will get
    from me. No respect.

    September 24, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine


    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 –
    So, a breath of fresh air translates into destroying the country? No, we are not behind this witless fool.

    September 24, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    Ignore all the GOP thugs–one guy santorum said Iran president fraud–does he have any brain? No wonder that sob represented 2nd century did not even make it.

    September 24, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    I dare say this: There will be more truth, integrity & hope coming out of the mouth of Iran's Prez speaking at the UN than will be heard from the Floor of the U.S. Senate today.

    September 24, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. tom l

    @The Real Tom Paine,

    This might be a real eye-opening event for you. With regards to your comment: "The nome de plume " President Darky" is indicative of where the mindet of some on teh right is sitting". Here's where that nome de plume comes from (and earlier comments by none other than the great PD Sniffit):


    "the same principles that got him elected."

    note to GOP/Teatrolls: "destroy President Darky" is not a "principle."

    Now do you understand why I say what I do about him? You're right. Only a person with those true inside feelings would even come up with a name like that. It just wouldn't occur to someone unless they harbored those feelings. See my point and why I say PD Sniffit is dealing with some serious inner struggles?

    September 24, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    Can he hang with Wendy Williams ?

    September 24, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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