After two-and-a-half months on the job, Ted Cruz capped a blistering start to his Senate career Saturday with the closing keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, securing his place as a rising star of the Republican right.
Cruz told the largest annual gathering of conservative activists that from Sen. Rand Paul’s recent filibuster on drones, in which he served as the Kentucky Republican’s wing man, to the sequestration fight, “we are winning in Washington” and that this is no time for defeatism.
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Jonathan Tilove, now the Statesman’s chief political writer, previously spent 25 years in the U.S. capital press corps. He returned to the Washington area this week to report on Texans at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Tilove blogs most weekdays at statesman.com/firstreading.