Senator Ted Cruz ends anti-Obamacare crusade after 21 hours

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Senator Ted Cruz ends anti-Obamacare crusade after 21 hours

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After more than 21 hours, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has ended his talk-a-thon against Cbamacare.

Senator Cruz held the floor for a total of 21 hours and 19 minutes.

During that time he didn't leave the floor, sit or take a bathroom break.

He took short breaks from speaking only to allow friendly senate colleagues to ask him long questions and he wore tennis shoes instead of his normal cowboy boots.

However, it wasn't considered a filibuster because the speech didn't attempt to stop legislation. In this case it was a bill that will continue to fund the government while defunding Obamacare.

“First of all, this is not a filibuster,” said Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Senate Majority Leader. “This is an agreement that he and I made that he could talk.”

That did not prevent Cruz from speaking throughout the night, including reading Dr. Seuss, professing his love for white castle hamburgers, talking about star wars and even praising Ashton Kutcher for a recent speech.

“When I started this filibuster yesterday afternoon I told the American people that I intended to stand until I could stand no more and I will observe to the majority leader that although I am weary there is still at least strength in my legs to stand a little longer,” Sen. Cruz said.

Senate Democrats had moved Monday to schedule a test vote for Wednesday on government funding meaning Cruz could not do anything procedurally to delay that vote.

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