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Watch the 2014 Midterm Election Results, Live

The 2014 election is about Washington writ large: Obamacare, amnesty, runaway spending, and an ineffectual Congress. As each race is decided, we’ll talk about what caused the result and what we can learn.

Join us, starting in the early evening, as we see how these candidates, and their messages, perform down the stretch.

2014 Midterm Election Results Live Blog

11:56 PM

We’re wrapping up the live blog for the night. Between too-close-to-call, a recount, and a runoff, things are winding down.

Clearly Obamacare remains an important issue to voters — and the campaigns reflected that.  Not only did every single newly elected Republican Senator run on “repeal”, the ad war had a distinct anti-Obamacare flare.  The Republican majority — House in 2010 and Senate in 2014 — is built on repeal.

Incredibly, not one single newly elected Republican Senator ran in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.  In fact, every candidate that made amnesty an issue, including 6 of the Republican pickups, ran a strong anti-amnesty campaign.  The U.S. Chamber spent millions supporting anti-amnesty candidates while the NRSC and Crossroads-affiliated groups ran anti-amnesty ads to help push Republicans across the finish line.

Conservatives carried the night. Now they must govern as they campaigned.

11:40 PM

Obamacare is deciding elections:

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11:33 PM

What we’re seeing:

Incredibly, not one single newly elected Republican Senator ran in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.  In fact, every candidate that made amnesty an issue, including 6 of the Republican pickups (so far), ran a strong anti-amnesty campaign.  The U.S. Chamber spent millions supporting anti-amnesty candidates while the NRSC and Crossroads-affiliated groups ran anti-amnesty ads to help push Republicans across the finish line.

11:32 PM

What we’re seeing:

Outside of Washington, Obamacare remains an important issue to voters — and the campaigns reflected that.  Not only did every single newly elected Republican Senator run on “repeal”, the ad war had a distinct anti-Obamacare flare.  The Republican majority — House in 2010 and Senate in 2014 — is built on repeal.

11:30 PM

SHOCK!

GOP picks up 7th seat: Thom Tillis has won North Carolina’s closely watched Senate race.

Tillis hammered the Obamacare issue: “When [Hagan] cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, voted to kill the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs.”  Hagan tried to defend Obamacare.

11:25 PM

GOP PICKUP MAKES 51

Joni Ernst defeats Rep. Bruce Braley in hotly contested Iowa Senate race.

Obamacare was a major issue in Iowa.  In contrast to Braley who voted for and tried to defend Obamacare, Ernst advocated “immediate action to repeal Obamacare.”  She even used the Weekly Republican Address as an opportunity to hammer Obamacare and ran an ad that promised to “take aim” and “unload” on the law.

10:49 PM

Sen. Pat Roberts survives a strong challenge in Kansas.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, it was a major issue in Kansas.  Roberts continued to tout his opposition to Obamacare and his willingness to take action, noting he joined the Cruz-led “effort to defund the law.”

10:42 PM

Perdue Wins in Georgia

David Perdue defeated Michelle Nunn in Georgia, keeping the seat for Republicans.

Perdue hammered Nunn for “support[ing] amnesty” and pushing “open border policies.”  He did so time and time again while promising to, “once and for all, forget amnesty.”

10:34 PM

So-called ‘conservative Democrat’ Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) lost.

29% isn’t conservative.

09:56 PM

Rep. Cory Gardner has defeated Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, it was a major issue in Colorado.  In announcing his surprise bid, Gardner declared “We will stop the government takeover of health care.”  He called Udall, who pressured insurance companies to hide 20,000+ cancellation notices, the “deciding vote” and promised to repeal Obamacare.

09:39 PM

Louisiana Heads to Runoff

The Louisiana Senate race between Bill Cassidy (R) and Mary Landrieu (D) will head to December 6th runoff.

If the runoff focuses on amnesty, Obamacare and an authentic conservative, reform-oriented agenda, conservatives should do well.

09:28 PM

Shaheen Survives in New Hampshire

Despite a strong challenge, Sen. Shaheen survives in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire nearly turned into the upset of the 2014 cycle.  Brown found success by running on conservative issues like Obamacare and no candidate ran harder on stopping Obama’s planned executive amnesty.  Although independent and undecided voters broke his way, Shaheen managed to hang on.

09:08 PM

Sasse Wins in Nebraska

Although the outcome was never in doubt, tonight’s victory by Ben Sasse in Nebraska is encouraging. He’ll be a force in Washington, pushing for real solutions to the problems plaguing hardworking Americans.

09:02 PM

First call from the 9pm states:

Peters Wins in Michigan

Rep. Gary Peters easy win in Michigan is an example of a missed opportunity.

Even worse than running a stale, anti-Obama campaign is running big-government solution. Land flipped on several issues and abandoned her anti-Obamacare push down the stretch.

08:59 PM

Another thought on the Arkansas Senate race:

COTTON

Another seven states close their polls at 9pm. We’ll keep you posted.

08:49 PM

08:36 PM

What was Cotton’s victory about? Obamacare.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, Cotton said it was the “single biggest issue” in the campaign.  While touting repeal Cotton also reminded voters that Pryor was the “deciding vote” for Obamacare.

08:31 PM

Rep. Tom Cotton has defeated Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Pryor’s support for amnesty was a major issue in Arkansas.  Cotton said he “received more questions about immigration [while campaigning] than any other issue.”  He continually hammered Pryor as “out-of-touch with Arkansas” because he “voted for amnesty, citizenship for illegals.”

08:02 PM

Sessions Wins in Alabama
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% will return to the Senate. During his first three terms, he has been one of the strongest opponents of amnesty. Expect that fight to continue as Obama looks bypass Congress yet again!

07:54 PM

Closing a 8pm EST: Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota. Several of those won’t have results for quite some time.

07:36 PM

07:21 PM

Polls close in North Carolina and West Virginia in about ten minutes, at 7:30pm.

07:15 PM

The growing Republican majority in the House isn’t easy to characterize, but most ran strongly against amnesty and strongly against Obamacare. It will be a more conservative House.

07:09 PM

It appears that the race for US Senate in Virginia is too close to call.

07:05 PM

South Carolina Senator Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 80% wins election to a full term.

07:02 PM

McConnell Wins in Kentucky
Sen. Mitch McConnell survived a strong challenge in Kentucky, now poised to become Senate Majority Leader.

06:51 PM

In ten minutes, polls close in Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

02:57 PM

02:09 PM

Cruz defund obamacare

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11:59 AM

Sen. Reid is now objecting to Sen. Cruz’s unanimous consent requests. These are process-oriented requests.

Reid objected to a motion to move the vote on the bill up (i.e. closer to now) with “I want to get to this bill as fast as possible so I object.”

11:57 AM

“My plea to this body is that we listen to the American people, our constituents, and defund this law.”

11:51 AM

Big lines to watch Sen. Cruz:

11:49 AM

“For too long, Washington has not listened to the American people.” – Sen. Ted Cruz

Simple statement, but it’s surprising how different things would be if Washington acted on what Americans are saying.

11:41 AM

Now Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% is asking Sen. Cruz about his unanimous consent requests.

11:39 AM

“I will yield to the Majority Leader for a question when he yields to the American people.” – Sen. Ted Cruz

11:38 AM

Sen. Cruz momentarily yielded to a question from Sen. Reid, but then when Sen. Reid launched into a speech, Sen. Cruz interrupted him and resumed his filibuster. He only has 20 minutes and isn’t interested in listening to Sen. Reid’s diatribe.

A bit of drama.

11:31 AM

Sen. Cruz is now thanking the floor staff for sticking with him through this filibuster.

Note that we’re hearing Sen. Cruz could continue until 1 p.m. if he stays on his feet:

11:28 AM

Sen. Cruz now describing the unanimous consent requests he wants to promulgate.

First: vitiate the cloture request and agree by unanimous consent to the motion to proceed to the bill.

Second: unanimous consent to schedule cloture on the bill on Friday, instead of Saturday. This would ensure the vote doesn’t occur on Saturday.

Third: unanimous request to delay the new legislative day from noon to allow the filibuster more time. This would begin the next legislative day at the conclusion of his remarks.

We’re looking at these requests, but the bottom line is that Sen. Cruz wants any amendments to be subject to a 60 vote threshold.

11:09 AM

Sen. Cruz now asking for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to come to the floor to hear his unanimous consent requests.

In the meantime, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5% is now asking questions.

11:06 AM

Some great lines from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 75% as he helps with the filibuster:

“There are still people here who are willing to shut down the government unless this thing is fully funded.”

“Your taxpayer dollars are paying for this catastrophe.”

“The only way you can get relief from the negative impacts of this law is if you can hire a lobby to come up here and get you a waiver…that’s wrong.”

10:53 AM

The Green Eggs & Ham reading from last night is now in the Congressional Record:

10:47 AM

10:44 AM

Sen. Cruz has yielded to a question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 75%:

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10:36 AM

The Blaze covers the moment when Sen. Cruz finally loosened his tie:

10:23 AM

10:20 AM

If you’re looking for just the right quote and picture from the last 18 hours of filibustering, we’ve posted ours to Facebook. Feel free to share your favorite in the comments.

10:08 AM

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 69% now asking Sen. Cruz a question.

10:05 AM

Don’t listen to the liberals saying that Sen. Cruz is wrong on the merits.

Chris Jacobs just posted this analysis to The Heritage Foundation’s blog:

Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report regarding premiums and plan offerings in Obamacare’s exchanges for next year. Despite the Administration’s claims, premiums are going up due to Obamacare—and the quality of the “coverage” is, in many cases, going down.

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09:52 AM

Sen. Cruz quoting former Sen. Phil Gramm’s quote on Hillary-care: “This’ll pass over my cold, dead political body.”

09:47 AM

09:45 AM

Good recap of what Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% said last night:

09:42 AM

09:34 AM

We’re overwhelmed by the support from conservatives like you.

Want to be a part to building Sen Cruz’s momentum? Learn more about Heritage Action’s plan to defund Obamacare and the role you can play.

09:32 AM

09:30 AM

This is just a sample of the massive amount of coverage conservatives like you have helped Sen. Cruz earn:

09:25 AM

09:17 AM

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09:13 AM

Sen. Cruz yielded to a question from Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) 67% without yielding the floor. Now Sen. Inhofe is asking a question about using and abusing the rules of the Senate as the majority party.

09:02 AM

08:57 AM

“It’s about maintaining opportunity for those struggling to achieve the American dream.”

08:52 AM

08:42 AM

“The Star Wars franchise, discussion a rebellion against oppression. And I think that captures what is going on here.”

The Empire, of course, is the Washington DC Establishment.

Corny Darth Vader impression, sure, but a salient point.

08:21 AM

 

Ted Cruz cutting through Senate’s procedural stuff: “Nobody, if this were any other context, would make the argument that cloture is supporting the bill.”

via Heritage:

On Twitter, NBC’s Tom Curry pointed out pro-Obamacare Senators would vote alongside Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 51% “So that Majority Leader Reid can offer a motion to strike the defund Obamacare provision from the [continuing resolution] CR & then vote on the clean CR.”

Curry is exactly right. If the Senate does vote to end debate, Reid will immediately move to strike the defunding language. Because of the nature of the Senate’s rules, Reid would not need 60 votes; he could do so with a bare majority of just 51 votes.

08:14 AM

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 52% giving Cruz a breather now, talking about fraud in the Obamacare exchanges. And yes, the Obamacare scams are already starting:

Even when it’s not malicious, the new Obamacare system—employing “navigators” who aren’t run through background checks or adequately trained—opens up a host of opportunities for identity theft. Last week, an employee of Minnesota’s insurance exchange (MNsure) emailed out the names and Social Security numbers of 2,400 insurance agents. The insurance broker who received the email said, “If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?”

08:08 AM

Sen. Cruz has been speaking since 2:41 p.m. yesterday and he’s still going strong. This live blog has been through two authors in that time!

08:06 AM

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It is after midnight in Washington, DC.  #MakeDCListen continues here.


11:55 PM

11:41 PM

11:40 PM

We’ve reached nine hours…and Cruz is calling for full and open debate…

11:35 PM

Ted Cruz: “I would certainly agree this body should spend considerable time working and working together on positive, proactive health care reforms. To expand competition, empower patients. And I also agree with something else the senator from Virginia said which is we should not be threatening a government shutdown. I don’t want a government shutdown, I want the government to continue. I salute the House of Representatives for passing a Continuing Resolution that keeps the government funded. But it also defunds Obamacare and in my view, that is responsive to the suffering that so many millions of Americans are experiencing, to the loss of jobs, to being forced into part-time work, facing higher health insurance premiums, to losing their health insurance.”

11:27 PM

11:15 PM

Unofficial transcript of important Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% comments from earlier this evening:

“There have been those who have argued that if you want to support the continuing resolution passed by the house of representatives … that you must vote yes on the cloture vote on the bill.  Well, that’s an interesting take on it because notwithstanding the fact that some in my party have been making that suggestion, it’s anticipated that… senator reid and 53 democratic allies — as i understand, will all be voting for cloture on that bill. That begs the question, are those same people who are suggesting that if you support the house — the house-passed continuing resolution, the one that funds government, keeps government funded while defunding obamacare — that you would have to vote yes on cloture on the bill, does that mean that harry reid and the 53 democrats likely to follow him are supporting the house-passed continuing resolution, the one that keeps government funded while defunding obamacare? I find that a little strange. I find it a little counter intuitive…”

11:12 PM

11:11 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz: “The unintended consequence of Obamacare is that it has hammered economic growth…it is hurting the very people it was supposed to help.”

11:01 PM

10:52 PM

Ted Cruz calling out senators in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, but big caveat: “You and I know that there is no incentive for Democrats to come join us when we are divided…throwing rocks at us…”

10:43 PM

At the eight hour mark:

10:40 PM

Ted Cruz echoes new Tim Carney piece, saying “we’ve seen the democratization of information.”

Via Carney:

Mike Needham, president of Heritage Action, compares the recent changes in political dynamics to the changes in music after the Internet and Napster. In the mid-1990s, the big record labels benefited by being a bottleneck through which listeners had to get music. The Internet has democratized the distribution of music, and the oligopoly of the large labels has crumbled.

Senators and congressmen used to have a near-monopoly on explaining Congress to their constituents. They could say they were trying to repeal Obamacare, while really they were casting symbolic votes and walking away from any real fights.

Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, like Napster, use technology to smash that bottleneck. Now lawmakers can’t control what their constituents hear anymore.

Cruz’s speeches and parliamentary moves may not make a dent in Obamacare, but Cruz may force senators to listen harder to their constituents.

10:35 PM

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% asks, “If Senator Reid has 53 Democrats going along with him, doesn’t that under cut the argument…?

Explained:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 51% told Politico he would “vote to end debate on it, because [he likes] the policy.” But there is just one small problem: The vote is not on the underlying policy, but rather the procedure Reid has dictated. On Twitter, NBC’s Tom Curry pointed out pro-Obamacare Senators would vote alongside Sen. Corker “So that Majority Leader Reid can offer a motion to strike the defund Obamacare provision from the [continuing resolution] CR & then vote on the clean CR.”

Curry is exactly right. If the Senate does vote to end debate, Reid will immediately move to strike the defunding language. Because of the nature of the Senate’s rules, Reid would not need 60 votes; he could do so with a bare majority of just 51 votes.

10:22 PM

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% now on the floor talking about the local impact of Obamacare.  Easy for people in Washington to forget Obamacare is impacting real people in real ways outside of Washington.

10:16 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz: “The biggest losers under Obamacare are young people…it is difficult to design a bill that does more damage to young people than Obamacare.”

10:09 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz thanks Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92%, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) 82%, and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) for being in the Senate tonight. Then asks, “where’s the Senate?”

10:05 PM

While reading tweets on the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz observes “We’re the employees. Yet a lot of people in this body think we’re the bosses.”

09:42 PM

Officially past seven hours…

09:35 PM

Ted Cruz truly is anti-establishment: “I don’t particularly enjoy cocktail parties anyway.”

09:34 PM

You have your coffee ready?

09:28 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz with an uncomfortable truth: “The system is designed, deliberately, to hide what we’re doing… and that benefits members of this body…”

09:26 PM

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09:23 PM

09:20 PM

Here’s an eloquent rebuttal from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%: “you are just plain wrong.”

Then Sen. Cruz re-stated the simple facts.

09:12 PM

Sen. Cruz rightly points out the premise behind Sen. Durbin’s question: that Washington can fix all of an individual’s problems. Not only can Washington not fix all problems, its fixes tend to work in the opposite of their intended direction. A functional economy and working health insurance market would allow someone to buy health insurance. Obamacare is wrecking both, and thus raising the cost of health insurance.

09:10 PM

09:08 PM

In this Q&A between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%, we’re seeing something close to real debate on the Senate floor. After six hours.

09:03 PM

Now, surprisingly, Se. Cruz yielded to a question from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%.

09:00 PM

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08:41 PM

C-SPAN2 is showing Tweets from viewers in the bottom half of the screen. Tweet to #cspanchat to get yours in line.

08:33 PM

Now Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) 67% is asking a question. Sen. Cruz yielded to the question without yielding the floor. Sen. Inhofe is talking about the costs of Obamacare and how it can be stopped.

08:30 PM

08:22 PM

Sen. Cruz now discussing what happens/doesn’t happen in a shutdown. Read the details from our colleagues at Heritage here.

If President Barack Obama “shuts down” the government by vetoing a continuing resolution (CR) that funds all government operations with the exception of Obamacare, or the Senate fails to pass such a CR, crucial services will continue without interruption. That includes all services essential for national security and public safety—such as the military and law enforcement—as well as mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

08:12 PM

Sen. Cruz read Green Eggs & Ham and it instantly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Now Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) 58% is asking a question, after complimenting Sen. Cruz on the excellent reading of the Dr. Seuss story.

08:10 PM

“My angels I love you with all your heart. It’s bedtime, so wash your faces and give Mommy a kiss. Daddy will be home soon to read to you in person.”

Bedtime for daughters is 8:10 p.m. EST. Sen. Cruz presses on in his filibuster.

08:04 PM

Sen. Cruz now reading Green Eggs & Ham as a bedtime story to his daughters.

08:00 PM

Sen. Cruz is in his fifth hour. He paused in reading an article about the impact of Obamacare on 20-somethings to read a bedtime story to his young daughters. This is precious.

07:49 PM

07:44 PM

“If you were trying to design a law to hurt young people, Obamacare, you couldn’t do better than that.”

“It’s created a lost generation.”

07:41 PM

07:34 PM

This list of companies that cut employee hours because they couldn’t afford Obamacare’s mandates should be surprising. From school districts to colleges to Sea World, this list should be causing the Senate to act.

07:24 PM

It’s pretty simple: Americans all over the country are losing their jobs or health coverage, and the Senate needs to act.

“If this body were listening to the American people, we’d have 100 Senators here.”
-Sen. Ted Cruz

07:17 PM

07:13 PM

Defund Obamacare because…
…it’s killing jobs.
…it’s forcing small businesses to lay people off.
…a majority of Americans don’t want Obamacare.

07:11 PM

Now Sen. Cruz is reading your Tweets. He’s using Tweets from the hashtag #DefundObamacare and #DefundObamacareBecause.

07:03 PM

06:55 PM

Sen. Lee is right. In order to stand behind conservatives in the House, Senators must carefully handle the continuing resolution they passed. Giving it an up-or-down vote or having a real amendment process would work. The problem is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% wants to use procedural gimmicks to have only his amendment considered, and at the lowest possible vote threshold.

06:49 PM

And now Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% is asking Sen. Cruz a question. He’s taking a tactic Sen. Cruz used during the #StandWithRand filibuster a few months ago: reading supportive Tweets and Tweeted questions, all from the hashtag #makeDClisten. (We’ve posted that stream of Tweets lower on this page.)

06:46 PM

Sen. Cruz is talking about how Obamacare will crush the aspirations of people wanting to get their piece of the American dream. Today’s Morning Bell from our colleagues at Heritage is right on point:

06:42 PM

Sen. Cruz is back on CSPAN. He’s been talking since 2:41 EST, making this the beginning of the 5th filibuster hour.

Taking a principled stand gets noticed. He’s still trending on Twitter, still driving the discussion across Capitol Hill.

06:34 PM

“That job you wanted may not be created now because of Obamacare.”
-Sen. Marco Rubio

06:32 PM

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06:26 PM

Sen. Cruz has yielded to a question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 75%.

06:04 PM

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05:53 PM

Sen. Cruz yielded to a question from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80%. This means Sen. Sessions gets to talk for a bit, asking a question, while Sen. Cruz can take a short break. Sessions is talking about how Senate Democrats favor single-payer health care but don’t advance it as policy.

05:50 PM

“The cloture vote we take tomorrow or Thursday will be the most important vote I have taken… because it goes fundamentally to the question: will we respond to the suffering Obamacare is causing?”

05:49 PM

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05:43 PM

Sen. Cruz yielded to a question, but not the floor, to a question from Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 52%.

05:36 PM

If Obamacare were marketed honestly, this is what they’d say:

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05:32 PM

“What the American people would like to see is us stand up and say what we’re for. We’re for a free market, we’re for giving people what they want for a lower price.”

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05:28 PM

Sen. Cruz yielded to Sen. Rand Paul for a question. Sen. Cruz still has the floor, but Sen. Paul can talk for bit as he asks a question to Sen. Cruz.

05:24 PM

“People are seeing, on the ground, that this law isn’t working. And DC isn’t listening.”

“Republicans seem willing to say ‘we will take lots and lots of symbolic votes against Obamacare, yet there is nothing we can do.'”

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05:12 PM

Get your questions asked on the Senate floor by tweeting at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 87%:

05:06 PM

“For many years now, elected officials in both parties have refused to listen to the American people.”

05:00 PM

“Among small businesses that will be impacted by the employer mandate, one half of small businesses say they will cut hours to reduce full time employees or replace full time employees with part time workers to avoid the mandate. 24% say they will reduce hiring.”

“That is a disaster for small businesses. That is a disaster for jobs. It’s a disaster for American families that are struggling.”

“The majority of small businesses, 66%, do not have plans to hire next year.”

04:55 PM

04:47 PM

As Sen. Cruz talks about his dad’s experience emigrating to the United States, take a look at this video. Rafael Cruz asks you to take action and defund Obamacare (starting after the two minute mark):

04:42 PM

Senate conservatives owning the media:

04:38 PM

“If you’re just a hard working American, then the message this President has sent, and sadly the message the Senate has sent is you don’t count… Mr. President, that is exactly backwards.  It is the hard working Americans we work for.”
– Sen. Ted Cruz

04:33 PM

This is why he’s been talking for two hours with no end in sight:

“Americans continue to suffer from high unemployment and severe underemployment.”

“Small businesses in particular are being hammered by Obamacare.”

04:25 PM

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04:21 PM

“What does it say that Obamacare is such a disaster that congressional staffers…would be willing to quit because the quality of health care under Obamacare would be so poor that they’d rather go someplace else?”

“If this body is willing to leave the American people under these rules, than we’d better be willing to abide by them too.”

04:12 PM

04:10 PM

Sen. Cruz just yielded to a question from Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 69% without yielding the floor.

Sen. Vitter asked about the Congressional exemption for Obamacare.

03:59 PM

03:55 PM

“This nation was founded by we the people. That is the only place sovereignty has ever resided in the United States of America.”

“Thomas Jefferson referred to the Constitution as chains that bind the mischief of government.”

“For some time the United States Senate has behaved as if the rules that matter are the rules that are here in Washington DC. That is why the most important objective of this week is to make DC listen.”

“Calls from our constituents, town halls, are not a pesky annoyance: it is the core of our job.”

03:51 PM

03:50 PM

Sen. Mike Lee talking about the unpopular, 20,000 page law: Obamacare.

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03:42 PM

Sen. Lee is talking right now, asking a series of questions to Sen. Cruz and thus giving him a break.

This could be the best quote from the first hour of Sen. Cruz’s filibuster:

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03:39 PM

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03:38 PM

For the first time in an hour, Sen. Cruz yields to a question. Without yielding the floor, Cruz can let Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% ask a series of questions on the topic.

03:34 PM

“Regardless of the rocks that will be thrown, I have no intention of engaging in that game, no intention of speaking ill about any Senator, Democrat or Republican…this isn’t about personality. It’s about the substance. Is Obamacare good for America?”

03:30 PM

“This week is about voting with Harry Reid to fully fund Obamacare.”

We agree and are putting that vote on our scorecard:

03:23 PM

Ted Cruz Says Obamacare is a Job Killer

03:21 PM

“Today I’ve heard multiple Senators complain: too many phone calls from my constituents. What a remarkable complaint!”

03:17 PM

“Every small business that has an opportunity to expand and isn’t expanding because of Obamacare, that’s a job opportunity you’re not going to get.”

“If we listened to our constituents and acted to avert this train wreck…”

“This fight is about ensuring that the American people have a voice. It’s about ensuring that those who are struggling have a voice.”

03:15 PM

03:13 PM

“A lot of folks in Washington are angry we’re even having this fight..as is usually the case, the Senate floor is empty. Everyone’s schedules are too busy to stop Obamacare.”

03:09 PM

Consensus says: “You can’t win. Winning is a two dimensional strategy. You’ve gotta be more nuanced than that.”

Consensus says: “You can’t defund Obamacare.”

03:07 PM

Four of the top ten trending Twitter terms

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03:03 PM

“Three and a half years ago the labor unions were enthusiastically supporting Obamacare…this year, one labor union after another after another saying: whoa this thing isn’t working.”

“…James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, saying Obamacare is destroying the forty hour work week, hurting the heart of the American middle class…”

02:55 PM

As Sen. Cruz talks procedure, read the details of Harry Reid’s procedural tricks here:

Curry is exactly right. If the Senate does vote to end debate, Reid will immediately move to strike the defunding language. Because of the nature of the Senate’s rules, Reid would not need 60 votes; he could do so with a bare majority of just 51 votes.

02:53 PM

“Our leaders are asking us to cut off debate on this bill before we even know what’s in it.”

02:50 PM

02:44 PM

He intends to protest Obamacare until he can no longer stand.

cspan cruz filibuster

02:43 PM

It begins: “I rise today in opposition to Obamacare.”

02:44 PM

King: the message is, to the Supreme Court, that when it’s Constitutional, it is Constitutional.

02:38 PM

Surprise: Rep. Steve King now speaking!

02:28 PM

Rep. Bachmann: justices must decide if government is still limited and individual freedom is still relevant.

02:26 PM

Many in the crowd still on phone with their Rep’s offices as we await Bachmann.

02:25 PM

Rally winding down, music plays as we wait for Rep. Michele Bachmann

02:20 PM

Tim Phillips giving out the House number now, asking crowd for calls.

02:19 PM

02:16 PM

“We’ve been having these rallies for two years and we’re not gonna stop until that bill is deader than a doornail!”

02:16 PM

AFP State Director for North Carolina, Dallas Woodhouse speaking now. What an accent!

02:14 PM

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, calls to preserve liberty!

02:13 PM

Speaker from Canada says to consider the lines and waits for their rationed care, and don’t follow their centralized health example.

02:10 PM

Combination of political leaders, like Senators Jim DeMint, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul, and real Americans makes for a very powerful series of stories.

02:06 PM

Jim Martin, from the 60 Plus Association speaking now. “Nancy Pelosi” draws jeers.

01:46 PM

Massive cheers “give me liberty or give me death”

01:45 PM

Brent Bozell drawing huge cheers asking if the crowd believed the administration. Resounding “NO”

01:30 PM

Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson saying that accountability key for Washington to make better decisions. Both call for repeal.

01:22 PM

01:15 PM

Mrs. Walsh, a breast cancer survivor speaking about how private health care worked for her. How bureaucrats will one day say that treatments like hers may be ruled out due to not being “cost effective.”

Rationing endangers all, no matter what they call it.

01:15 PM

01:12 PM

Huge crowd, two thousand maybe, with more streaming in.

12:58 PM

Tweet with #HandsOff to talk about the rally.

Live video stream from our friends at AFP here: http://americansforprosperity.org/032712-hands-my-health-care-rally-livestream

02:55 PM

This is from Nathanael’s iphone

02:51 PM

ireghower ghliev

02:41 PM

and now i am listening to rush limbaough instead of fox news

02:41 PM

this is the first test etnry made by nathanael

 

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On September 30th, the U.S. Export-Import Bank is scheduled to expire. Conservatives across the country have united against this cronyist institution, and the movement has spread to mainstream Americans. Also on September 30th, funding for some of the federal government expires, creating the need for a temporary funding bill. This Continuing Resolution, or CR, has become a vehicle for all kinds of policy, from Ex-Im to a key component of Obama’s new Syria “strategy.” Conservatives are rightly opposed to the CR for both process and policy reasons.

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