Top 10 Ted Cruz Quotes

What he said over hours opposing Obamacare funding on the Senate floor

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Sen. Ted Cruz walks towards the Senate Chamber after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz started his filibuster-style speech against funding Obamacare at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday, and was still talking as of mid-morning on Wednesday.

Here’s TIME’s roundup of his most choice quotes:

1. “I will stay standing here after 14 hours. Standing on your feet, there’s sometimes some pain, sometimes some fatigue that is involved. But you know what? There’s far more pain involved in rolling over … far more pain in hiding in the shadows, far more pain in not standing for principle, not standing for the good, not standing for integrity.”

2. “I will credit my father, he invented … green eggs and ham. He did it two ways. The easy way was he would put green food coloring in … But if you take spinach and mix it into the eggs, the eggs turn green … I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I am.”

3. Quoting the TV show Duck Dynasty: “Jeff said ‘Faith, family and facial hair.’ I point out to the junior senator from Utah, if we continue doing this long enough, we may have facial hair on the floor of the Senate.”

4. “The moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare.”

5. “This fight is not about personalities. Look, most Americans could not give a flying flip about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Who cares? … You know, almost all of us are in cheap suits with bad haircuts. Who cares?”

6. “I like their little burgers … I’m a big fan of eating White Castle burgers.”

7. “I don’t think there’s been a day on this floor that I haven’t worn my argument boots … I am not in my argument boots and I will confess, I really do feel embarrassed by that.”

8. “I’ll talk until I can’t stand anymore. Don’t worry, I have government-run health insurance. I’ll be fine.”

9. Comparing Obamacare to the Nazis: “Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, ‘Accept the Nazis. Yes, they’ll dominate the continent of Europe but that’s not our problem. Let’s appease them. Why? Because it can’t be done. We can’t possibly stand against them.’”

10. “Twenty years from now if there is some obscure trivial pursuit question, I am confident I will be the answer.”

32 comments
speakdeadwords
speakdeadwords

The man said so many truths and these 10 are all you could come up with? i'm never reading an article from time again, and I mean that. 

reallife
reallife

another "impartial" article from Pravda... err...  I mean Time

MarilynKopecky
MarilynKopecky

Why think which type policy you want when you can have federal govt do your thinking for you...

When applying for car insurance, do you call your federal govt an ask them to think for you ?...

GingerTaylor
GingerTaylor

Wow Time... twenty plus hours of real content about the huge problems with Obama care that will wreck our economy and our health care system, and you managed to post none of it.  #NotJournalism

ribbie0140
ribbie0140

“Twenty years from now if there is some obscure trivial pursuit question, I am confident I will be the answer.”

Yes, and the question will be "How moronic can the Tea Party really get."

anon76
anon76

It wasn't a "filibuster-style speech".  It was a speech which took up the GOP's allotted discussion time over a bill currently under consideration.  It didn't last 1 second longer than the allotted time, he was relieved several times by sympathetic colleagues, and so this was in no way a filibuster or even filibuster-styled.

He also wasn't "opposing Obamacare funding".  He was in fact urging his colleagues in the senate to filibuster a bill that stripped the funding from Obamacare.  This is how broken the GOP has made the legislative process, and reporting it as such should not be avoided by the media.

sacredh
sacredh

“Twenty years from now if there is some obscure trivial pursuit question, I am confident I will be the answer.”

Trivial Pursuit question:

What Texan representative was a bigger d0uche than Rick Perry?

Answer: Ted Cruz.



 

MrObvious
MrObvious

A self inflicting cruz missile. His best argument against Obamacare is the best argument against his opposition.

“I’ll talk until I can’t stand anymore. Don’t worry, I have government-run health insurance. I’ll be fine.

We know, a public option or Medicare for all.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

What kind of a clown would compare a murderous regime that killed millions of religious minorities to giving everyone access to affordable health care?

Sue_N
Sue_N

“I’ll talk until I can’t stand anymore. Don’t worry, I have government-run health insurance. I’ll be fine.”

But to those of you who work multiple low-paying jobs just to keep food on your family's table and a roof over their heads, well, screw you. I'm standing here today to deny you the very benefits I'm boasting about. You who stand all day on your feet at fast food joints or in shops, tough. To those struggling just to get by and praying every day that you or your kids don't get sick or injured, I got nothin' for you. – Ted Cruz

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

One good thing about all this exposure is people get to see how nuts Cruz and his Tea Party supporters are. People like this can be interesting oddities in small does. For a while, some of their rhetoric sounds almost sensible, then in the presence of light, we see something more. We see a certain kind glaze in the eyes that makes you realize they're not passionate, they're nuts. Come on, people. What took you so long to get it? You think people who walk around wearing tricorner hats, carrying misspelled signs, and want to shutdown the government when they don't get their way are normal? What were you thinking?

Irony
Irony

I like the Nazi quote, particularly in light of the fact that Ted is the one asking for appeasement.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

8. “I’ll talk until I can’t stand anymore. Don’t worry, I have government-run health insurance. I’ll be fine.”

EXACTLY

Which is why Republicans should welcome government-run health insurance - because they benefit from it all the time and should know it's good

MementoMori
MementoMori

@GingerTaylor I'm not sure calling people Nazis and reading Green Eggs & Ham counts as "real content".

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@GingerTaylor Premiums are out and are less than forecasted. As Obama said to Romney in the debate. "Please Proceed"

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@ribbie0140 The Tea Party is kind of like the Yoko Ono of the GOP.  Drive a wedge down the middle of a functioning group and then splinter it into fragments.  

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@mantisdragon91 I find it incredibly ironic considering if left to their own devices, the GOP would probably institute a plan where the poor, sick, elderly, immigrants and anyone who doesn't agree with them would be shipped off to some place where the "good Americans" would no longer have to deal with them. 

jmac
jmac

@Sue_N  I heard Rick Perry explain that all Texans have health care.   The poor or those without insurance can simply go to the emergency room.   Simple.  Apparently Perry thinks it's cost effective and good for the poor/middle class.    Who's surprised?  

ChrisShupe
ChrisShupe

@PaulDirks "Don't knock Obamacare til you've tried it" makes about as much sense as "Don't knock shooting yourself in the face until you've tried it."

ChrisShupe
ChrisShupe

@forgottenlord If you think that government health insurance for the entire population would be anything near the quality of the health insurance given to Congressmen, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

cent-fan
cent-fan

@forgottenlord  Can we call it "government run" health insurance as opposed to government mandated with guidelines for private insurance?  The blow back on all this is that people think some division of the IRS is going to approve or disapprove of your health claims and send the check out of the tax funds.  Private insurance is playing the game, but to agree to things like disregarding pre-existing conditions they had to make sure the government would force healthy people without insurance into a wide open market so all the private insurance companies could get a crack at them.  Anyway, saying "government run" gets a certain crowd frothing at the mouth and I don't believe it's technically accurate.

TracyMacAuley
TracyMacAuley

@ChrisShupe You're definitely a TeaPublican because you're missing the whole point. @PaulDirks' point (and the point of the article) is that Cruz shouldn't have used "Green Eggs & Ham" because in the end, when the guy finally tried Green Eggs & Ham, he liked it.

anon76
anon76

@ChrisShupe

Is "shooting yourself in the face" some sort of euphemism for "getting preventive healthcare at a net savings to the customer/insurer rather than waiting to go to the emergency room"?

anon76
anon76

@ChrisShupe

The more important questions are whether it will improve life expectancy/quality, and whether it would reduce medical spending.  The rest of the civilized world has already answered both questions for us, in the affirmative each time.

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@cent-fan @forgottenlord In many respects, the ACA is similar to state laws requiring all vehicle owners to have auto insurance.  The states mandate everyone needs to be insured, primarily, to keep the cost for everyone down.  The states don't provide the auto insurance and they don't get involved in deciding what is covered and what isn't.  They just run a system that makes sure everyone who owns a vehicle has access to coverage from private insurers.  We don't hear anyone screaming about "government run" auto insurance.  The people who keep tagging the ACA as some sort of government run health care system are just trying to rile up their misinformed base.     

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@forgottenlord @cent-fan I agree, a true single-payer health care system in this country would be far superior to what we now have and would benefit everyone.  My analogy above was to illustrate that the ACA is definitely not a single-payer system, even though the GOP portrays it as one in order to whip up their base. 

NP042
NP042

@ChrisShupe @Sparrow55 @cent-fan @forgottenlord

Health insurance is required so that if you get sick/hurt and can't pay for it out of pocket, the hospital does not pass the cost onto those with insurance


You know what?  You're right, it is remarkably similar to requiring auto insurance.


ChrisShupe
ChrisShupe

@Sparrow55 @cent-fan @forgottenlord It's not similar at all. Auto insurance is required so that if you cause damage to someone else and can't pay for it out of pocket, they're not stuck with the bill. Health insurance is completely a personal decision.