Texas Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE appeared to get cut off in the middle of his speech at a popular religious conservative convention in Washington, D.C.
Cruz, one of the first speakers to kick off the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference, spoke for just nine minutes before an abrupt ending.
"What I want to say to the men and women here are two things: number one, thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your passion, thank you for your time, thank you for your energy, thank you for speaking out and working to retake our nation," Cruz said.
But before he could continue, the conference's announcer introduced the next speaker, leaving Cruz nodding and smiling without a working mic. Cruz tried to speak again before leaving the stage as he shrugged.
Cruz has long been a favorite politician of the religious right and is a regular speaker at the coalition's annual conference.
The Faith and Family Coalition released a brief statement apologizing to Cruz for the gaffe.
"Senator Cruz had not completed his remarks when a member of the audio-visual team mistakenly announced the next speaker. We sincerely apologize to Senator Cruz who is a great friend of this organization and people of faith across the country," the statement read.
During his short speech, given as former FBI Director James Comey was testifying in Congress about his firing amid accusations of collusion between President Trump's allies and Russia, Cruz called on conservatives to "ignore the political circus" and "focus on delivering results."