Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was going strong beyond his tenth hour on the Senate floor early Wednesday morning, protesting Obamacare and speaking in support of the effort to defund the law. Part of the content helping fill his time: reading tweets from the people.
Cruz gave Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) a break during Paul’s March filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director by reading #StandWithRand tweets for about eight and a half minutes. Cruz helped himself at varying points throughout the day Tuesday by reading tweets with the hashtags #DefundObamacareBecause and #MakeDCListen, the latter of which has been the theme of Cruz’s ongoing talk.
“Because it is a job-killing, economy-destroying, health care-ruining, debt-exploding, out-of-control government mess,” one #DefundObamacareBecause tweet read.
“I like that one,” Cruz affirmed in response.
Later in the day Tuesday, Cruz read some #MakeDCListen tweets, some of which focused on the issue of fairness in how Obamacare is applied to those in certain levels of the government compared to everyday Americans.
“We will not go quietly into this disaster called Obamacare. Make it cover everyone or no one. #MakeDCListen,” Cruz read from a sheet of paper.
“What a great point — if Obamacare is such a terrific thing, as its defenders say, then all of us should be subject to it: big businesses, members of Congress, our staffs, President Obama, every political appointee in the government, every federal appointee,” Cruz said in response. “If that’s a burden, then it shouldn’t cover anybody.
To the delight of some in the chamber, Cruz even found time to sneak in a prevalent meme from the last year-plus in reading messages describing ‘Obamacare in six words’.