Ted Cruz Takes On the ‘Obama’ Hecklers

The Texas senator wasn’t able to give a cogent speech because of outbursts of protesters. But the crowd loved it.

Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz waits for an elevator after a vote on the Senate floor at the US Capitol in Washington on September 30, 2013.
National Journal
Matt Berman
Oct. 11, 2013, 6:08 a.m.

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Ted Cruz was in­ter­rup­ted by heck­lers at least half-a-dozen times dur­ing his Val­ues Voter Sum­mit speech. But if that was in­ten­ded to get the Texas firebrand down, it surely did not suc­ceed.

“I’m ac­tu­ally glad the pres­id­ent’s whole polit­ic­al staff is here in­stead of do­ing mis­chief in the coun­try,” he said a couple out­bursts in. 

“How scared is the pres­id­ent?,” Cruz asked after an­oth­er pro­test­er was re­moved from the audi­ence. “What a state­ment of fear, what a state­ment of fear. Oh, they don’t want the truth to be heard. They def­in­itely don’t want the truth to be heard.”

It’s, of course, highly un­likely that any of the pro­test­ers at the Val­ues Voter Sum­mit were Obama plants. But the concept, wheth­er in­ten­ded as a joke from Cruz or not, really set off the Val­ues Voter crowd. In­ev­it­ably, that in­cluded chants of U-S-A! U-S-A!

“You know, the nice thing is,” Cruz said, “the left will al­ways, al­ways, al­ways tell you who they fear. And they fear you. They fear the Amer­ic­an people.”

Near the end of the speech, Cruz said that he ho­eps he doesn’t wake up to­mor­row morn­ing “amidst the Syr­i­an rebels.”

The pro­test­ers later said that they were from United We Dream, a pro-im­mig­ra­tion re­form group.

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