Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, telling Republicans the secret to success.
"What I wanna talk to you all about this morning is how we win," Cruz said.
Cruz, who delivered the keynote address at last year's CPAC, said there's a choice for the GOP to make: Republicans can keep their heads down or "stand for principle."
"The Washington way is don't stand against Obamacare, don't stand against the debt ceiling, don't stand against nothin'," Cruz said.
Cruz said in recent years, Republicans have put their heads down and were "walloped."
"Of course, all of us remember President [Bob] Dole, President [John] McCain, President [Mitt] Romney," Cruz said.
Cruz noted all of those GOP presidential hopefuls were "good men" who just didn't stand up for Republican beliefs.
Cruz listed a number of goals the GOP should have, including stopping the "lawlessness" of President Barack Obama, expanding school choice, and, of course, repealing Obamacare.
"We need to repeal every single word of Obamacare," Cruz said. "When millions of Americans stood up last fall and said stop this train wreck... the Democrats said, the mainstream media said -- although I repeat myself -- they said, 'This is hopeless, don't you understand? Just move on, just accept it. You can't do anything to stop this.' Yes we can."
See updates from CPAC below:
BEFORE YOU GO
03/08/2014 8:15 PM EST
More On Palin's Biting CPAC Speech
From HuffPost's Elise Foley:
Sarah Palin delivered a biting, folksy speech to close out the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, going after GOP consultants, the NSA, Obamacare, liberals and the media.
Many of her digs in the 30-minute speech were targeted squarely at President Barack Obama, whom she criticized for his leadership and mocked for his "hope and change" 2008 campaign messages.
"That 'hope and change,' it went from a catchy campaign slogan to a reality, and along the way, 'hope and change,' 'yes we can,' it became 'no, you can't,'" she said. "No, you can't log onto the website. No, you can't keep your health care."
Read more here.
03/08/2014 7:12 PM EST
This Is What Happens When You Bring An Intern To CPAC
While the politicians gave their speeches, the real action at CPAC was happening on the convention floor below. HuffPost Live brought along their intern Max to investigate.
Watch the clip here.
03/08/2014 6:45 PM EST
Palin Closes With 'The Best Is Yet To Come'
"Stand up and stiffen your spine," she added, drawing loud applause from the crowd to close out the three-day conference.
03/08/2014 6:42 PM EST
Palin: 'The Age Of Obama Is Almost Over'
She added that it is "the end of an error," calling the president the "lamest of lame ducks."
03/08/2014 6:40 PM EST
Palin: Only Mama Grizzlies Can Say 'Hear Me Roar'
Palin lets the women of America know that conservatives' values are "family, faith and freedom," adding that females are "happy to lead the charge" for the movement.
"We're the party with the plank that protects even our littlest sisters in the womb," Palin said making a subtle reference to conservative beliefs on abortion.
03/08/2014 6:37 PM EST
Palin Talking Duck Dynasty, Says Conservatives Won The Fight
She credits Phil Robertson for battling back on his remarks that being gay is a sin, adding that "his fight was our fight and we pushed back and we won."
03/08/2014 6:33 PM EST
Palin Hits Democrats, Harry Reid
Palin charges that the Democratic Party's agenda is "failure and fiasco on steroids." She also went after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), saying he would either end up being Senate Minority Leader, or a blackjack dealer, where "everything stays in Vegas."
03/08/2014 6:30 PM EST
Palin: 'The Only Thing That Stands In The Way Of A Bad Guy With A Nuke, Is A Good Guy With A Nuke'
"Hat tip, NRA!," she exclaimed for a punctuation mark.
03/08/2014 6:26 PM EST
Palin Serenaded To 'Run Sarah!' Chants
And she responds by saying she didn't get a chance to run this morning. The crowd seemed to be prodding her to run for president.