Skip to comments.Senator Cruz Continues the Filibuster on EIB
Posted on 09/25/2013 12:34:55 PM PDT by Kaslin
RUSH: Senator Cruz, we welcome you to the EIB microphone and the program. It's great to have you here, sir.
CRUZ: Rush, it's fantastic to be with you.
RUSH: I have to tell you, I've had so many people... I've been off the past couple of days, but, while this has been going on, I've had so many people e-mail me so uplifted by what you did in the last 21 hours and what you did leading up to it. So many people are so happy that there finally is some leadership. They're so happy that, finally, somebody is doing in Washington what they were elected to do, what they said they were going to do. And I just wanted to say, before we started: I'm sure you're hearing much the same thing, but I wanted you to know that, while you're getting all these arrows as pioneers do, there's a lot of appreciation and a lot of love for what you're doing out there.
CRUZ: Well, Rush, thank you so much. Thank you for that encouragement, and thank you for your leadership. You know, I really hope that over the course of this week we'll see more and more Republicans step forward. We had quite a few Republicans come down to the floor and support the effort, and I hope we'll see as many Republicans as possible, and even some Democrats, come together and listen to the American people. As you know... Every week, you talk to 20 million Americans. You know where the American people are on this, and it's not a close call. Obamacare isn't working and millions of Americans are hurting, and if the Senate just listened to the American people, we'll do the right thing and we'll vote to defund it.
RUSH: Well, in a political sense, it's been one of the things that surprised me, 'cause you're right. No matter what poll you look at, a vast majority of people oppose this, and I look at this... Politics isn't my business, getting votes isn't my business, but it seems to me that this is a ready-made opportunity. Here's a chance for the Republican Party to connect to a majority of the American people on a fundamental issue. If they're looking for something that could get 'em back, that could give them an identity, that could give them a little boost, this seems to me to be it. But they seem to have no desire to oppose this in any meaningfully way, and it's got me and a lot of people befuddled.
CRUZ: Well, look, Rush, I understand that frustration. It's why I think in many ways the central issue that we were trying to focus on in the filibuster was not the continuing resolution. It wasn't even Obamacare, as horrific as it is for the economy. The central issue, I think, is the long-standing problem we have had with Washington not listening to the American people with Democrats and Republicans. It's a lot of folks who've been in office way too long, who stopped listening to their constituents -- and, as a result, we see lots of theater, lots of empty symbolic votes and very little willingness to actually stand up and fight on behalf of the American people.
RUSH: Well, wait. "Theater" is what you were accused of doing. Michael Barone, as soon as you finished, accused you of engaging in theater, and that you knew it, and that you knew there's no way you had any prayer of accomplishing what you want to accomplish. Others have said that you're just fundraising and you're making it look like you're doing something substantive, but it's just theater.
CRUZ: Well, you know, one of the approaches that those who want to maintain the status quo -- who want to make sure Obamacare stays funded, who wanted to avoid any risks, one of the approaches they do -- is they try to make this all about people. They try to make it all about personalities. And listen: Most Americans could not care less about any politician in Washington. They don't care about me; they don't care about anybody else either. And what is utterly maddening about all of these reporters is what do they write about all day long? They write about the process. They write about the horse race. They write about this personality or the other. They act like Hollywood gossip columnists writing about bickering. I mean, how many times have you and I both read the words "Republican civil war" in the past week? 'Cause that's what they like to write about.
Cruz, Lee, and the staff that helped all deserve a standing ovation!
It wasn’t a filibuster. It should have been. A bit of a waste opportunity.
Thank G-d for Senator Cruz!
Cruz spoke for me!
God, he is tough. 21 hours of filibuster and he goes on Rush.
Keep on Cruzin.
Hard to filibuster effectively with 3/4 of your own party waiting to stab you in the back with their long knives though right?
What this showed is who is with us and who is not.
I just read that Cruz voted for cloture after all. WTH? I don’t get it. What was the point of the all-nighter if he was going to cave and vote for what he was filabustering against?
Therefore...politicians are terrorists.
Typical...politicians flip flopping and kicking us in the groin...
That was not the real cloture vote.
Wrong cloture vote. The cloture vote that matters is on Friday or Saturday.
“Cruz, Lee, and the staff that helped all deserve a standing ovation!”
Cruz ask on Rush that we continue to call our senators, and sign the pledge http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/ , and get three others to do the same.
It’s the least we can do after Cruz and Lee worked so hard, and Cruz stood and talked for 21 ours, and would have gone longer if Reid didn’t stop him at Noon.
“I just read that Cruz voted for cloture after all. WTH? I dont get it. What was the point of the all-nighter if he was going to cave and vote for what he was filabustering against?”
Pretty complicated. You’d think with all the attention, it might have been explained.
Everything I have heard about this is BAD! Take the best health care system in the world and trash it. I would hate to see it funded.
Go away, troll.
Then you say: Take the best health care system in the world and trash it. I would hate to see it funded."
On EIB, he’s preachin’ to the choir.
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