McCain spoke after Cruz completed a 21 hour, 19 minute “extended oratory,” in McCain’s words. “I can’t call it a filibuster,” McCain said, “because a filibuster is intended to delay passage of legislation.”
Calling it a “hard fought and fair” debate, McCain told Cruz (who was already on his way to an appearance on the Rush Limbaugh Show) of all the time and words spent on ObamaCare in 2009, and of the resistance Republicans lawmakers had put up to it, including introducing hundreds of amendments. He also reminded Cruz that an election had been fought largely over ObamaCare, and that the GOP had lost.
“That doesn’t mean that we give up our efforts to try to replace and repair ObamaCare, but it does mean that elections have consequences,” McCain said. “And those elections were clear, in that a significant majority of the American people supported the President of the United States and renewed his stewardship of this country. I don’t like it. It’s not something that I wanted the outcome to be. But I think all of us should respect the outcome of elections which reflects the will of the people.”
The voters of Texas elected Ted Cruz because of Obamacare. He ran for office promising that his first official act would be to introduce a bill repealing it. (He kept that promise.)
So what about the outcome of that election?