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Ted Cruz and the rebel alliance

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His speech occasionally veered away from Obamacare. He described his first Christmas dinner with his wife’s parents, who are vegetarians. He talked about his love of White Castle, the fast-food hamburger joint. Cruz said he “took the coward’s way out” by wearing black tennis shoes for his marathon appearance instead of his preferred footwear—black ostrich “argument boots.”

On Tuesday night around 8 p.m., Cruz also read his two daughters bedtime stories from Proverbs and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (see video below), making his own edits to the classic tale.

“When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare, either,” Cruz said. “They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.”

It wasn’t his only pop-culture reference. Cruz, on Wednesday morning, quoted from Star Wars, using the movie trilogy to hit Washington’s political class.

“This is a fight to get the Washington establishment—the Empire—to listen to the people,” Cruz said. “And just like in the Star Wars movie, the Empire will strike back. But at the end of the day I think the rebel alliance, I think the people, will prevail.”

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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