Multiple interruptions by liberal gate-crashers allowed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to wow his conservative audience at the 2013 Values Voters Summit on Friday.

“It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today,” he said the second time he was interrupted. “And you know why? Because the men and women in this room scare the living daylights out of them.”

To another protester, Cruz said: “I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country.”

All of his punchlines had a serious point. Here are Cruz’s responses to all seven interruptions:

Interruption #1: The first interruption happened as Cruz said the United States cannot continue on its current path: “We have a couple of years to turn this country around, or we go off the cliff to oblivion. Throughout the history of the world we have seen great nations rise and fall, and everyone here today is here today because we are not content to allow the United States of America to do anything but continue to rise and remain the greatest country on the face of this earth.”