Updated 10/22/2013 at 1:48pm
(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted by a screaming crowd of supporters and cheers of "Thank you Ted!" and "Welcome Home!" Monday night in Texas.
The freshman senator said he was happy to be back home in Houston, and wasn't afraid to be honest about his feelings on Washington.
"It is terrific to be back in America," said Cruz as supporters waved homemade signs promoting "#MakeDCListen," a hashtag that was a prominent part of Cruz's 21-hour speech on the Senate floor in late September.
In the opinion of many on Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans, that speech was the kick-off of an irresponsible and destructive campaign to defund Obamacare at the risk of all else.
With the White House and Congress unable to settle their budgetary differences, the federal government was partially shut down for more than two weeks, and came very close to running out of money to pay its bills.
Cruz's colleagues in the Senate didn't stay quiet. "It was a fool's errand to start with. It was never going to succeed," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
On CBS's "Face the Nation," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said, "Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy."
Back in Texas, Cruz was quick to admit that he had made some enemies when he told the crowd a story about his two young daughters.
Catherine had announced at a family outing that she wanted to grow up to work in the Senate "like daddy." However, Cruz's other daughter, Caroline, immediately dismissed that as "boring." She also pointed out the fact that "by then daddy will be dead anyways."
Cruz went on to say, "I kind of wondered if Caroline had been talking to Republican leadership in Washington, if she knew something I didn't know."
If this isn't evidence enough that Cruz isn't too concerned with the "voices in Washington," when asked whether he was hoping to repair his relationships with Republican leaders, Cruz laughed. "I don't work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for 26 million Texans."
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Cruz had some fun with the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov as well, saying, "the Nigerian e-mail scammers" had been hired to run the site.
The senator also had some harsh words, laying the blame for "a lousy deal" squarely at the feet of the Senate Republicans who didn't "unite with House Republicans."
The deal that ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling was passed with 87 House Republicans joining 197 Democrats to vote 'Yea' and 144 Republicans voting 'Nay.'
"We didn't ultimately win this battle," said Cruz. "But listen, no one in this room started this fight thinking it would be easy. We all knew that if we took on the Washington establishment the establishment would fight back."
Cruz assured the crowd that the past two months had seen enormous progress and that if they "follow the model" of grass-roots campaigns and citizen engagement they would "change the debate" in Washington.
Movements such as the constituent support of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster on drones, and the backlash against gun control legislation after the shooting in Newtown, Cruz said, were evidence of effective campaigns Democrats and the White House were forced to listen to.
Cruz said the message of the rally was clear: Texans and the American people don't want Obamacare and they're fed up with Congress.
But for all his talk of blowing off the party bosses, Cruz acknowledged that success for the Republicans lay with a unified message.
"I'm hopeful, with a little bit of time and reflection, that Senate Republicans will decide to come together again," Cruz said.
"I would love to see Republican unity, to see all of us stand together against this train wreck that is Obamacare and with the American people."
At least the "Party Bosses" were ELECTED, unlike his Koch bosses....
This guy is obviously a Palin 2.0 He's smarter, but Palin-esque nonetheless...
Cant wait for the rest of America to get tired of his extreme anti-American behavior and show him the door as well...
This man sickens me.
Sen Ted Cruz is riding a populist wave within the conservative movement and has successfully sold them a false dream. He is the modern day huckster of snake oil medicine that will prove to be bitter poison for the Republican Tea Party.
So I'm driving home through DC tonight and I see a HUGE plume of black smoke, and as I get closer I see massive roaring flames. It was the biggest fire I've ever seen in Washington DC, and I asked a police officer – "what is this massive blaze?" The officer answered -"Ted Cruz's career. Run for your life!"
Come on Texas, you know you want to secede! All the blue states will back you so go for it! Better to be your own country than be referred to as The Great State Of Denial!
Ted Cruz acts as if all the senators and house representatives all are from Washington, and just do business for "Washington". No, Ted. They are from the other 49 states in the union who are just as important as your dear Texas. He does not speak for the American people. He speaks only for himself and his greedy ambitions. How much cash did you line your pockets with while 800,000 Americans were out of work, Ted? He is a disgrace to Democracy.
Apparently Mr Cruz hasn't heard of the old saying "if you're in a hole, stop digging".
Are his 15 minute up yet? And more importantly, can we please give Texas back to Mexico and charge the $700 Billion that Bush gave away to the banks to pay for it?
I'm one of those Texan's. When will Senator Cruz start working for me?
Ted Cruz is a disgrace to the republican party... We're a party of conservatism, reason, and less government... he's a fool of brinkmanship and scapegoating
Watching Ted Cruz and the Tea Party is like watching All Star Wrestling.
Keep talking, Ted. Just keep talking.
The Tea Party is the best thing that has ever happened to the Democratic Party!
Cruz is "happy to be back in America".....Didn't anyone ever tell him that Texas never did want to BE a part of America..?????..This man is sich a phony...he should be glad to be anywhere!!!!He has worked soooo hard to make himself into something he isn't that he's going to be very dissappointed when he goes nowhere in 2014 or2016.....
This twit is so tone deaf, it's unbelievable.
The "American people" elected Obama twice by large electoral margins. They also casted more votes for Democrats in 2012 House elections than for Republicans, but Republicans maintained control of the chamber due to unfair gerrymandering. Face it, Cruz. You represent a minority. And in our democracy, the minority is allowed to have opinions, but the majority rules.
Shut up Ted.....ugh. Everything out of your mouth is a joke.
Keep up the good work Teddy. Enjoy your 15 minutes.
Sure Cruz, Use the same lame excuses they used when Social Security was passed, the same LAME excuses when Medicare was passed or don't you have something original?? The GOP leadership in the Senate saw you had NO chance. They saw the Reps in the House had NO chance and said MOVE ON!! But you are to stupid to realize this or you suffer from some sort of mental deficiency that does not allow you to have logical thoughts. Because anyone with a small bit of logic could see you were doing nothing but wasting time and taxpayers money. You put people out of work for the most childish of reasons,You didn't get your way!!. The House voted( wasted time and money) 42 times on the ACA, 42 times, what did it get??? NOTHING!! You all went to court( and wasted more taxpayer money) and LOST, not once but multiple times including the Supreme Court.. Yet you still want to hold your breath until you turn blue hoping you can get your way.. Silly child,Grow up Cruz!! become a man admit you are wrong and move on to passing a budget the President can sign.
I wish he would just stay in Texas!
The GOP shutdown the Gov. The Dems shut down healthcare. Now that's a Reality Check! – Jon Stewart
Enjoy your free "Health Care" – Obama
America's ability to stay afloat financially should never be "weaponized" for political gain. Ted Cruz risked the livelihood of every American citizen when he pulled this stunt. He needs to be voted out of office ASAP.
Yes, we get it Ted, you are another GOP Presidential "Wannabe"...go ahead, toss your hat into the 2016 race, it will be very crowded...let's see if you score the nomination...
A Romney repeat anyone?
Ted needs to realize that he and his henchmen have lost. Its over...lets move on. All this whining and re playing of the last 2 weeks has grown very old. Cruz needs to be in the Senate longer before he understands how things work there. He is too green around the gills. Learn from your elders young man.
So if Cruz the wanna be Hispanic would've came up with the Cruzcare it would've been fine because he's white and republican?????mitt Romney came up with the same plan back at his state and it was alright,but if a black person or latino person would've came up with the same care it would've not be fine,right????i can smell the negative propaganda coming from the right wing.....all I can say is pure evil....