(WATCH McCain's full remarks below.)
McCain noted his efforts and votes against the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in the past and said that "elections have consequences." He argued that Cruz' effort was not a filibuster and called it an "extended oratory."
But, then McCain got to his main point. He was upset that Cruz had spoken about the events that led to World War II and had speculated that the same people who had thought that we could not stop the Germans would be saying that we could not stop Obamacare.
"I resoundingly reject that! That allegation in my view does a great disservice" A disservice to those who did "stood up and shouted at the top of their lungs" or go to war. McCain said he spoke to Cruz about this afterwards and that Cruz indicated that he did not intend it to apply to any Senators - only to "pundits".
McCain received scattered applause from his colleagues.
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(As part of his filibuster/extended oratory, Cruz read "Green Eggs and Ham", by Dr. Seuss. Arizona's Politics noted that Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD4) had adapted that famous story to attack Obamacare more than 14 months ago, on the House floor. Video and other tidbits are available here, and a follow-up featuring Tucson progressive blogger/attorney Michael Bryan's counter-version is available here.)
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