The power of Twitter: Sen. Ted Cruz reads #StandWithRand tweets during filibuster; Update: Video added

The hashtag #StandWithRand has been at or near the top of Twitter’s trending topics list for hours now, and if you contributed to that trend, there’s a chance Sen. Ted Cruz just read your tweet into the Congressional Record.

Cruz, who was quite literally standing with Sen. Rand Paul several hours into his filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, relieved his colleague by reciting a selection of #StandWithRand tweets.

Paul, who confessed to not being quite up to speed on social media, did say a tweet from Attorney General Eric Holder on the Constitutionality of drone strikes on American citizens would suffice to end the filibuster. How about it, Attorney General Holder? That would take only two characters; three at most.


Here is a selection of tweets Cruz read on the floor.

It seems Sen. Paul is inspring people in more ways than one.


It’s after 10 p.m., and Sen. Cruz is back at it.

Sen. Paul sends his thanks.

Editor’s note: We removed a tweet that was posted as a joke.

  • Peyton

    I’m glad Ted Cruz is standing with Rand instead of Dining with Obama. Those two make quite a team.

    • V the K

      A Question we should be asking: Why is Obama so adamant that he has the power to kill Americans with drone strikes?


        Because Obama thinks he is God.

      • Justin Levesque

        Because one of his handlers told him he could.

      • BlueGood

        and…..V the K…will he try another “Executive Order” to over ride the the 5th Amendment?

        OMFG, I have tears and I haven’t even watched Ted’s reading of the tweets….

        I did however tune back in at 12:33 am and watched to the end….

        Senate adjourned at 12:42 am EST.

        Well Done Mr. Paul, Mr. Cruz….

        Holy schit…I’m a Canadian…but a Conservative FIRST!

        God Bless, folks….Mr. Paul has finally re-written the script of the left…..

        Will Brakky’s approval rating hit 37%? YOU BETCHA!

      • Junie3

        It’s the Soros way.

    • Axelgreaser

      DINNER WITH BARRY. Kudo’s to Ted Cruz for choosing to participate in supporting Rand Paul’s more important efforts to filibuster Obama’s latest horrendous overeach of power rather than to attend a grossly over priced meal at one of Washington’s finest hotels supposidly meant to be a meaningful bridge mender between the continually outcast Republican’s with the ‘Don’ himself. While Rand Paul dined on vending machine snacks, Obama and his hand picked and mostly familiar guests limo’d to one of Washington, D.C.’s finest venues, the five-star Jefferson Hotel, where Obama said the evening will be: “On me.” Which means ‘on us’, the taxpayer. And pardon me if I’m suspicious this rendezvous will be no more fruitful than any of Obama’s ‘special outreaches’ or committee ‘think tanks’, i.e., his now defunct Jobs Commission. This will be the ‘hermit’ President’s first time out of a self imposted ‘Sequestration’ from interacting with Republicans since 2010, probabably including even returning phone calls. And how many of those ‘diners’ were RINO’s participating in yet another Obama ‘I try so hard to satisfy the Republican’s’ empty VISUAL’S. Which he needs now as his “I’m not a dictator'” is being taken more in the form of a ‘Freudian slip’ rather than a true statement. is this man even capable of telling the truth? As far as the dinner tableau (you know it will be photographed for posterity as carefully as a surgery), which side of Obama was the Judas seated? And who was it considering there were no less than two Rinocrat’s in this ‘establishment’ group? I’m sure the closer to this President that you are seated, is of major significance.

      Apparently Obama has vowed, via this ground breaking dinner, to work with this group of men whom he knows full well will leak every magnanimous word that seeps from his bronze lips, to work harder than ever before to form a bi-partisan kinship and to involved himself in various forms of reform with the opposition party he has trampled and defamed for nearly 6 years. What a laugh. The biggest spender in the history of the United States, the worst thing to ever happen to the preservaton of our Constitution in mine or any lifetime, a rigid ideologue with a shady past who has never for a moment come off the campaign and propaganda trail, who seems to harbor dubious intentions for the future of our nation and he’s going to ‘work with Republican’s? Please pass me more of the worlds most expensive mashed potatoes and hogwash gravy.

  • Spatial Awareness

    Tweets read on the Senate floor… The keyboard is Mightier then the Sword.

  • Elaine

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on that tweet or any phone call. They think they can continue to ignore our Constitution and get away with it.

  • nc

    Mr. President, even with this modern twist, this is what old fashioned democracy looks like. Take notes.

  • Jack Deth

    It’s an awesome day when Twitter becomes part of the National Record!

    Oorah!!! Ted Cruz!

    Get some!

  • Bill Herring

    Rand/Cruz in 2016?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      If We’re still under the stars and Stripes.. HELL YEAH! Jawamax 8<{D}

      • Paolina

        I’d prefer the stars and bars myself. 😉

    • Axelgreaser

      It is clear Rand Paul is sincerely concerned for not only the nation but for the well being of the PEOPLE of whom are a part of it. Current President excluded in that area.

  • Michael Wille

    Is twitter now set to GMT? The time stamps already say tomorrow.

    • Jack Deth

      Twitter is set to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    Can Twitter pic of me flipping the bird to Obama get entered into the record or do I have to type in a comment concerning a “one fingered salute” ?

    I’d also like to add that Eric Holder just answered the question of why the 2nd Amendment means that citizens should own Stinger missiles and the Homeland Security’s purchase of “light armored vehicles” is the reason we should be able to own RPGs. Think about it !

  • 24fan

    Modern day mr smith goes to Washington. Pretty cool. Rand is making a come back from voting for hagel. :)

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    If you haters are making some noise too, let’s hear it… I need a good laugh! Jawamax 8<{D} #StandWithRand

  • Ardell Simon

    First time in over 4 years I feel some “hope” that there might be a real “change” coming! TY Sen. Rand Paul and Sen Ted Cruz!

  • Michael LeKites

    This is even beyond drones. Why and how can the President kill any
    American without due process. Drones or not. Why couldn’t he just make
    his enemies disappear?

  • Texaslady68

    Ted Cruz is an amazing man and that is the reason he was elected and sent to Washington. Rarely does a Jr. Senator stand up and fight the powers as he has done since getting to the Imperial City.

    Rand Paul is AWESOME and has brought me to tears several times today! For the first time in a long time, today, I can say I am a proud American!

    • lonestar

      Cruz is doing Texas proud. Hope we get another one of him to challenge Cornyn next year.

  • gracepmc

    Wonder what Piers Morgan thinks of this defense of our “little book” now. Kudos to Rand Paul and others who voice their support. America — this is what we are talking about.

  • Dan Thorpe

    I will repeat what I tweeted to the Seantor a few minutes ago. I am so proud of @senrandpaul for standing up for what is right #istandwithrand

  • Patrick Dennehy

    I am EXTREMELY proud to be a Conservative right now! Sen Paul & Sen Cruz thank you so much!

  • Axelgreaser

    Obama (seething): “Hello Hold**r? (name redacted) Can we position a drone over Gibbsdither’s to ‘intrupt his dining experience ‘ at whatever greasy spoon he frequents? I’ve had about enough of that son-of-a-b***c (redacted), kicking my a** (redacted) all o’vah the…what? Yah, I said ‘O’VAH!’ (conversation from the other end ‘redacted’) All right (traditional European rooted, NorthAmerican pronounciation from this point on)…”OVER!” Satisfied? (conversation from other end redacted.) Yes, I know I wasn’t born in the Deep South and what do you mean I can’t kill him? (conversation on the other end redacted). Well…he’s killin’ me on Twitter, the Wop bast**d (redacted) calls me out on every,….oh who cares, I have a ‘mandate from the ill-informed, ‘911’, low information voter’s and my cult following, don’t I, and I can do any God***n thing I want to (language, entire sentence redacted). Huh? I CAN’T!? Well, (sputtering, furniture being tossed) then I want his God***d Mother f*****g, etc. (again, redacted to retain the cool, caring, ‘nice guy’ image)Tweets ‘Filed!’

  • HARP2

    Finally…the Constitution is important again.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Minutes shy of hour 13 of the filibuster, a nearly hoarse Sen. Rand Paul thanked all the Senators and Congress people who came to stand in support of the US Constitution, as well as the Senate building support staff who stayed to keep the building open and lights on. He then yielded the floor. The #filiblizzard is over. #StandwithRand

  • notenoughtime

    Finally, Senators with kahunas!

  • Lady 12

    The grandma with the teleprompter tweet has it down!

  • Sam Howard

    It was pretty awesome. He read one of my tweets while he was up there. I loved the entire thing. It showed me I can actually hope and vote FOR someone, instead of against someone.