NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington on Saturday, keynote speaker Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talked about a "defeatist attitude" among long-time Washington Republicans.

"The biggest surprise has been, frankly, the defeatist attitude among so many Republicans who have been in Washington for a long time," Cruz said. "I cannot tell you how many times people have wanted to pat me on the head and say, 'Well, that's very nice, you can vote 'no' and then we'll just lose.' It is utterly maddening. So I am going to tell you a dirty little secret that the mainstream media somehow won't pass on to you: For the last three weeks, conservatives have been winning."

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