ICYMI: Ted Cruz Fires Up Conservatives in CPAC Keynote Speech

Ted Cruz

In case you missed it, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave fiery, red meat keynote speech last night at CPAC. He started off by talking about Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster, noting that his participation in it was the first time he’d spoke on the Senate floor. He responded to Sen. John McCain’s post-filibuster comments, in which the Arizona Senator called them “wacko birds.” Sen. Cruz declared, “If standing for liberty and standing for the Constitution makes you a ‘wacko bird,’ then count me a proud wacko bird.”

Noting the shift in the narrative over the last few weeks, Sen. Cruz told CPAC, “We’re winning right now.” He then went on to discuss the need to repeal ObamaCare, and slammed Senate Democrats for unanimously voting to maintain funding the law.

Sen. Cruz outlined two things that Republicans need to do. First, Sen. Cruz said, is “Defend the Constitution.” Liberty is under assault from every direction.” He knocked Senate Democrats — with the exception of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) — for sitting out Sen. Paul’s filibuster. Sen. Cruz defended the First Amendment, noting campaign finance laws are pushed by politicians who don’t want to be held accountable for their actions, and Second Amendment. Sen. Cruz defended due process and called for repeal of the NDAA and criticized the indefinition detention provision of the law.

The second point Sen. Cruz made is that Republicans need to “champion growth and opportunity.” During this point, Sen. Cruz slammed the economic policies of President Barack Obama, noting that higher taxes and regulations are hurting businesses and economic growth and that these policies are hurting young people and minorities. Sen. Cruz called for repeal of Dodd-Frank, the abolition of the Department of education, the elimination of corporate welfare, and endorsed an audit of the Federal Reserve.

Watch Sen. Cruz’s speech in full below:

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