Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO) said on Wednesday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) had clearly missed the message in the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham, which the junior Texas Senator read from the Senate floor during his epic, overnight would-be filibuster. According to Talking Points Memo, McCaskill said that Cruz should heed the book’s message of giving new things a chance before rejecting them.
“I thought it was interesting that Ted Cruz used Green Eggs and Ham,” McCaskill said on Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I went to the University of Missouri, I did not go to Harvard,” McCaskill said, in a jab at Cruz’s expensive, much-touted Ivy League education, “but my daughter texted me this morning and said ‘Mom, does he not know the point of the story?’ It’s that you can’t knock things until you try it.”
Cruz said during his epic, 21-hour speech to the mostly-empty Senate chamber that he was reading the book to his young daughters, who were reportedly following their father’s speech via C-SPAN. At the end of the book, he said, the tome “has some applicability, as curious as it may sound, to the Obamcare debate” in that Americans “did not like green eggs and ham, and they did not like Obamacare either.”
McCaskill called it “ironic” that the Texas tea partier would be so against the Affordable Care Act, saying, “It’s all private insurance companies on these exchanges. I’m trying to figure out why we should delay them going into effect when it is a free market solution to accessible health care.”
Watch video of McCaskill’s appearance, embedded below via MSNBC: