“Liberty is under assault from every direction,” Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told an enthusiastic crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but conservatives are finally starting to turn the tide in their favor. “For the last three weeks, conservatives have been winning,” he said during his keynote address on Saturday. “We’re winning right now.”
Cruz, who spoke without a script, prompter, or podium, closed out the three-day gathering on an optimistic note, and largely devoid of the calls for change or moderation that were prevalent in many of the speeches delivered throughout the conference.
The fast-rising GOP star said his “biggest surprise” since being sworn in as Senator in January was “the defeatist attitude among so many Republicans who’ve been in a Washington a long time.” He didn’t mention Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) by name, but Cruz did address McCain’s recent comments describing Cruz, Rand Paul, and other libertarian-leaning Republicans as “wacko birds.”
“I have to admit, when Rand and I first heard that, we thought that it was a new kind of drone,” he joked. “If standing for liberty and the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird.” Read more via National Review...