For those who were sleeping during the bulk of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon floor speech on ObamaCare, which began at 2:41 p.m. EDT Wednesday, here are the highlights:
At hour 6, Cruz took an odd turn by reading his young daughters a bedtime story via the Senate floor cameras. The freshman Republican said his book of choice, Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” was a favorite of his as a child.
At hour 8, Cruz said he has no doubt President Obama sleeps well at night because he is committed to his principles, which Cruz argued are deeply harmful.
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At hour 11, Cruz noted that most senators were sleeping through his all-night filibuster-like speech on the Senate floor. “It’s a late night. I’m going to venture to say most members of the United States Senate are home in bed, asleep, while America lives the nightmare.”
He also referenced the “wacko bird” comment – stemming from Arizona Sen. John McCain’s dismissal of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster about drones – from earlier this year, saying he’s a “proud wacko bird” if that means fealty to the Constitution.
Cruz also rattled off quotes from the show “Duck Dynasty.” “… Redneck rule number one – most things can be fixed with duct tape and extension cords …”