Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally

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."


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Obamacare • Ted Cruz
soundoff (789 Responses)
  1. TomNPitt

    Cruz joking that Obama brought in a bunch of Kenyan's to set up his Health Care website. Like they were all incompetent. Yet, in reality, it was a Canadian Company that set up this disaster!! Is Cruz dishing on the Kenyan's to distract the public from focusing on his own homeland's deficiencies?? Hmmm!!

    October 22, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Larry in Houston

    this guy is a piece of work –
    #1 ) he cost the taxpayers of this country around 24 billion
    #2 ) he came back to Houston, to a "rally" of around 200 people flocking all over him.
    #3 ) There are a lot of people in Texas that says He doesn't "represent" them.
    #4 ) That means his 26 million people "thing" is false.
    #5 ) now, he's planning on going to "Dallas" to hold another rally. (for who) (several hundred more people ? )
    #6 ) The local news channels down here, needs to stop all the coverage this guy is getting. ( it's a bit much)
    #7 ) There is a lot of "good people" in texas, Just because we have a republican Gov, & a republican legislature, and Ted Cruz, does not mean everybody should be placed in the same swamp.

    October 22, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "It is terrific to be back in America," said Cruz. So, does this mean that according to the Cuban-Canadian that Texas is the only part of the United States? Maybe he ought to join his Seceh buddy, Rick Perry, and petition for Texas to leave the Union – again.

    October 22, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. TC: Mr. Oblivious

    He would love for them to come together if only everyone would capitulate to his view of reality. He's not working for 26 millon in Texas, more like 2 million really loud people with no true agenda other than getting what they want when they want it.

    October 22, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. I See Your True Face

    It Is Time For THe Rino's To Go!, It Is Time For Term Limits, People Like McCain Need To Go!

    October 22, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. TC: Mr. Oblivious

    @gwytheyrn: Yes. He is only out for Teddy K.

    October 22, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. Tom

    Ted, you don't work for 26 million Texans, you work for a fringe, extremist minority that does not represent, in any way, the true Texas.

    October 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. Grumpster

    Cruz is a plague and votes to oust him are the remedy. He should be put up for a recall.

    October 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. GOP Joe

    Disgraceful Un-American. Shutting our Government is not pardonable. We should purge these pseudo conservatives from the party to reclaim our sanity.

    October 22, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. Sarah

    "Works for 26 million Texans"? Wonder if they all are aware of that?

    October 22, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  11. WillB

    If Raphael was in the House, not the Senate, he knows he'd have a chance of getting reelected. But in the Senate, he does not (too many people in Texas have an education and are not members of the Tea Party). He will spend the next 5 years in the isolation ward, no more afternoon teas in Georgetown (DC).

    October 22, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Dan

    Stop it with this "American People" BS!!!! The "American People" voted in OmamaCare and the Supreme Court upheld it's constitutionality.

    Go back to your Tea Party and disappear!!

    October 22, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. Raphael Cruz

    There are few things more satisfying in life than watching filthy republicans trash each other. Raphael is a walking poster child for everything that is corrupt, ignorant, and self-serving in the American Taliban Party. Like Sarah Palin, he enriches himself by trashing everything he supposedly represents, including his own party. He reminds decent citizens all over America (if not Texas), every day, to vote Democratic. If you can stand the filth, and shower regularly, its actually magnificent to watch.

    October 22, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. midwest2

    Ted Cruz is simply trying to deflect the blame for the train wreck he created. Hope people aren't buying it!

    October 22, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    If Houston believes in him that's a place I would never visit. The guy is insane and he scares the hell out of me. He is evil personified.

    October 22, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. richardine

    Dear Mr. Cruz, as a moderate Republican who realizes that we must all get along (check Kindergarten 101) I am asking, no, begging, you to keep your mouth shut. This country is not, repeat, not, all about you or any ideologue , right or left, it is about working together. For the love of God, please, stop.

    October 22, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. Larry in Houston

    I can honestly say, when I watched him say : ""It's good to be back in America""" on the local T.V. news channels, this remark from him will come back to haunt him for a long time.....I mean, what does he think of the rest of the other 49 states ? Is this guy delusional or something ? Any (and I mean Any) politician would never (and I mean never) would have Ever said That.
    I guess he's making sure his party doesn't win anything till 2024..... LOL

    October 22, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  18. Daniel J and Edward L Dubrowski Foundation

    Is it any wonder that he's getting threats? Don't threaten, use the power of votes and get this guy and all like him into the unemployment line.

    October 22, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. raul c.

    TC and his party are hypocrites since their agenda is to spend more in Defense, NASA, etc and other programs that no ordinary Americans can't use.. I wish he went went back to Cuba thru Canada and start all over again since he's no leader in the USA. Instigators not welcomed in the USA...

    October 22, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. Seriously...

    The guy is really scary ( like a Stephen KIng novel)... and guess what ? Rick Perry is so energized by Ted's fiasco that he has decided to run in 2016 .... do these guys in Tx realize how disgusting they all are ? and how completely insane their base is ? Hmmm, yeah, i think they are very aware of BOTH ...truly stranger than fiction ....

    October 22, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  21. ANTI Cruz

    This clown is a sore loser crying becasue he did not get his way. He has destroyed the Republican Party. One of the BIGGEST IDIOTS in congress.

    October 22, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  22. About Time 22

    Don't agree with everything Cruz says but, you people are idiots.
    Obama has lied his staff has lied and you politically correct idiots believe every word Demos say
    rather than use your own brain.
    Read, investigate and compare.
    I find most of you want something for nothing Obama give me this give me that.
    Government take care of me so I don't have to work. pathetic.

    October 22, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  23. Pandamonius

    Cruz is quick to say that he is justified since the American People don't want Obamacare, yet he glosses over the fact that the American People would rather have Obamacare than his engineered gov't shutdown. He owes taxpayers $24 billion, and owes a personal apology to 800,000 American workers.

    October 22, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  24. Bev Lee

    I live in Texas and Ted Cruz does not represent me or 100% of the people I know in Texas. I'm sorry to say he represents the uneducated, fanatical NRA right wing nuts of this state and I can only hope people see through his craziness and vote him as far away from the law makers of this country as we can.

    October 22, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. ib1sage

    Cruz does not listen to party bosses because he is too busy listening to the voices in his head.

    October 22, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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