Technically Ted Cruz gave back to back speeches at CPAC, he gave the final speech last year and the first speech this year.
Here is a pair of clips from the 1st Day Ted Cruz Speech. First there standing on principle:
With a mid-term election coming up that’s the kind of language that make people go to polls.
Then he spoke positively of the crowd at CPAC
Words like this encourages the crowd as does the whole Ted Cruz speaking without a Teleprompter and constantly moving business. Of course if like me you’re filming from a distance it’s murder because he is constantly moving and that throws off the focus of my camera something fierce.
Eventually I was rotated in closer and got a bit of a shot…
…but it was the very first day and with a new layout & system everyone’s time was limited as the overworked volunteers and the teams tried to figure out the best way to pull things off. That’s why half way into the last clip you saw the camera filming as I backed up and grabbing a shot or two.
…but even my limited time was a better situation than some in media who didn’t even make it in the door….
by the time the Cruz Speech took place that line was even longer and some good reporters didn’t make it in.
Several reporters were locked out of the Potomac Ballroom during Cruz’s speech, because of the long line at the media registration booth. Jon Ward of Huffington Post and Robert Costa of the Washington Post were among the journalists who stood helplessly at the entrance, the way barred by a college-age volunteer staffer who was under orders to admit no one without credentials. “Trust me — these are good guys,” I said to the gangly young volunteer. But he had his orders, my two friends were S.O.L., and they weren’t alone. As I exited the ballroom after Cruz’s speech, I noticed Byron York of the Washington Examiner was also stuck on the wrong side of the barricade, Fox News celebrity status notwithstanding.
Byron’s a great reporter and he deserved to be in this shot at the podium
Rather than this one at the door
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