Cruz Keynotes Austin Conference, But Won’t Be There

AUSTIN (September 27, 2013)—Fresh off a 21-plus hour speech on the U.S. Senate floor that left his already burning-bright political star white-hot, tea party darling and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas keynotes a conference Friday evening in Austin.

But spokesman Sean Rushton said he will do so by videoconference because the Senate is still in session.

Cruz talked all night and into the next afternoon this week, yielding only to fellow Republicans who posed long-winded questions so he could rest his voice.

He has vowed to halt funding to the White House-backed health care reform law or shut down the government trying, but he knew his “talkathon” wouldn't accomplish either.

The spectacle irked Cruz colleagues in both parties, but energized conservative activists.

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