Cruz: 'I'm Going to Be Going to the White House...'

By Susan Jones | October 11, 2013 | 10:21am EDT

( - President Obama has invited Senate Republicans to the White House on Friday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told a gathering of conservatives in Washington today.

"So after leaving here, I'm going to be going to the White House," he said, drawing big cheers for the double meaning. (Cruz has been widely mentioned as a potential GOP presidential candidate.)

"I will make a request," Cruz told the 2013 Values Voters Summit: "If I'm never seen again, please send a search and rescue team. I very much hope that tomorrow morning I don't wake up among the Syrian rebels." Responding to an audience member, Cruz said, "That's true, they'll talk to us, unlike this administration, you're exactly right."

Cruz then returned to one of his main themes -- Obamacare.

"Listen, none of us know what's going to happen on this Obamacare fight right now. In my view, the House of Representatives needs to keep on doing what it's doing, which is standing strong."

Cruz said that neither he nor Sen. Mike Lee can stop Obamacare. But he also said the House -- and the nation -- are listening to the American people.

"It is because of you, that for the past two months the country has engaged in a national debate about the enormous harms Obamacare is causing; all of the millions of Americans who are losing their jobs, being pushed into part-time work, losing their health insurance.

"It is because of you that the American people are energized."

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