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Around the 18-hour mark of his marathon floor speech to protest funding for Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) found an opening to talk about Star Wars.
Cruz said he was moved by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who joined the Texas Republican on the floor to speak in favor of a rebellion against oppression.
"I will confess it reminded me of a movie series that was in the theaters when the senator from Kentucky and I were both kids, young adults, and that was the 'Star Wars' franchise," Cruz said.
In Cruz's mind, he and Paul are just like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
"And I will confess that phrase, 'a rebellion against oppression,' conjured up to me the rebel alliance fighting against the empire, the empire being the Washington, D.C. establishment," Cruz said.
From there, Cruz performed a Darth Vader impersonation while drawing reference to his fellow champion in the defunding fight, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).
"And indeed immediately on hearing that phrase, I wondered if at some point we were going to see a tall gentleman in a mechanical breathing apparatus come forward and say in a deep voice, 'Mike Lee, I am your father,'" Cruz said.