U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas not only spoke about his effort to defund Obamacare -- at times the Houston resident's speech on the Senate floor has touched on everything from family and children's stories, to social media and Hollywood, to White Castle hamburgers.
"I will credit my father. He invented, this wasn't for the restaurant, but he invented green eggs and ham," Cruz said, reminiscing about the meals his father would make.
During his marathon speech, food seemed to be on his mind quite a bit.
"Eight White Castle restaurants a year. I like their little burgers," said Cruz.
Cruz is staging a faux filibuster to draw attention to the idea of defunding the president's healthcare law, known as Obamacare.
"I think he has the right to do it," said Cypress resident Kourtney Collins. "Sometimes you need to stand up against it. So why not?"
To a lot of people, Cruz's stance brings back recent memories.
In June, Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis gained international acclaim for an 11-hour filibuster, standing in pink running shoes. Davis' efforts to halt tough abortion restrictions ultimately were unsuccessful, and Cruz's marathon doesn't have the power to defund the healthcare law.
But some believe the senator is trying to position himself for a higher office.
"He's pretty new to the political scene as far as I know," said Houston resident Camille Foster. "He's trying to make his name."