"To my grave I will owe Rand Paul a debt of gratitude that the first time I spoke up in the Senate I had the opportunity to read [William Barret] Travis' letter from the Alamo," Cruz said, noting that he also read Shakespeare and the opening monologue from the film "Patton."
"As they say in the beer commercial, it don't get no better than this," Cruz said.
Cruz went on to question the absence of Democrats during Paul's filibuster.
"My question to you is, where were the Democrats [during the filibuster]?" Cruz said.
Cruz received a standing ovation when he noted he offered an amendment to "repeal funding for Obamacare."
"We saw every single Republican in the Senate vote unanimously to defund Obamacare," Cruz said. "Every Democrat voted together to maintain Obamacare funding, even if it pushes us into a recession."
"We're winning right now," Cruz continued.
The senator also addressed fellow Senator John McCain's (R-Ariz.) "wacko birds" comment. When asked about Cruz, Paul and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) earlier this month, McCain responded that he thought "it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."
Cruz took on the criticism and told the CPAC audience, “If standing for liberty and standing for the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird.”
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