Ted Cruz At CPAC: I Am Trying To Be Uber, But For Politics

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February 26, 2015 2:29 p.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday that his mission is to bring a “disruptive app” to politics, like the crowd-sourced company Uber did for the taxi industry.

“What I’m trying to do more than anything else is to bring a disruptive app to politics,” Cruz said, comparing himself to Uber.

The theme of “disrupting” Washington came up frequently during Cruz’s speech. He said that included challenging not only Democrats but the “career politicians” in the Republican leadership.

“If you had a candidate who stood up against Democrats, that’s great — when have you been willing to stand up against Republicans?” he asked.

In a so-called “lightning round,” Fox News host and talk radio star Sean Hannity asked Cruz to play a bit of word association.

He asked for the first thing that came to Cruz’s mind when hearing the words, “Hillary Clinton.”

“Washington,” Cruz responded.

Bill Clinton?

“Youth outreach,” he said, apparently needling the former President’s history of entanglements with young women. Hannity staggered away in laughter.

Finally, “Barack Hussein Obama?”

“Lawless imperator,” Cruz said, to muted applause from the crowd, some of whom may not have been familiar with the Latin word.

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