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."
Can't we give Texas back to Mexico?
Texas hates people. Ted the narcissist Cruz, was willing to shut the government and destroy America's credit, all for the purpose of denying health care to 25% of its citizens. Texas is a big joke and Cruz is a bigger joke!
Not all Texans are supportive of Cruz. There is a sane group out there that will vote against him. Hopefully the Republican Party will throw the Tea Party under the bus and regain their sanity. I won't hold my breath on that but it may happen sooner than later.
I am an American and I am for Obamamcare. So that just made a liar out of you Ted. Please don't claim that Texas and the American people are against it. That is only representative of your constituents and only them.
It seems that outside of Austin and a few other cities, far too many Texans are still trying to compete with Mississippi for being the most slow-witted & ignorant State in the nation. They don't seem to understand that most of the rest of the nation has long-since moved on, and now sees Cruz & the tea party as the embarrassment and detriment to this Country that they are.
Ted Cruz who? Oh! You mean that Canadian born, cuban terrorist that held our country hostage and costs us BILLIONS of dollars?
When Crux's goose is cooked then he reaches back for that "old race card" because he thinks all Texans are racist and it's a pity there are a few who appplaud him. He's a pathetic little piece of a man grasping for power and by the way Texas is not America just like it isn't Cuba.
Ask Newt Gingrich how his government shutdown in 1995-96 turned out for him. He was hated in his own party. Self-aggrandizing will be Ted's downfall too.
Also too blah, blah, blah.
You know folks. Cruz reminds me of Palin when she hit dead-end street.
Same babbling brook ... different day.
LOOK OUT democrats !! You don't even see whats coming in 2014 and the looks of disbelief on their faces will be beyond funny as the sit outside congress and rail at he Tea Party
"Rick Perry is so energized by Ted's fiasco that he has decided to run in 2016 ...."
Here's hoping that Morons Cancel Each Other Out.
Instead, watch out for Paul Ryan. He believes the same garbage, and is much cleverer.
Did he go back to Canada or Houston ?
This guy is delusional...
The state of Texas embarrassed themselves again by welcoming this self-serving clown as a hero....We finally forgave Texas for GW Bush but this guy could be even more dangerous.
What a waste bag. To think that Texas has to put up with this guy for 6 years before they can even attempt to do anything about him. And if this nutjob thinks he's going to be President, he can forget it.
"Good to be back in America"???? Texas is America and only Texas? Talk about dividing a country....divide and conquer is this man's only policy. There is nothing unifying about him. Do they still pledge alive allegiance to the flag of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA in Texas? How about one nation under God?
Can someone explain to me how and why "Obamacare" is bad for the US? Is it because the parties hate each other and would never support a good idea that came from the other side? Is it because the President is black? Is it economically bad? Not really sure where all the hate comes from but maybe there's a good answer from a sensible, fairly moderate thinking person....or have they all died?
The Nigerian e-mail scammers?? Really Ted? Gotta keep your base of bigots happy. If Texas hates the government so much, why don't they secede?
Cruz has excellant hearing when the Koch Bros. talk but seems to go deaf when America talks, must be following Boehners lead?
Ted Cruz and the Tpers in Congress are delusional. Remember Americans, these TPers ran on JOBs JObs JOBs. No Jobs bill from them. Please, vote this TPers out of office before they completely destroy our great country
The good old boy that back Ted...will be celebrating tonight with him....they're the ones that wear those white pointed hats
This guy certainly is delusional...but what is far more concerning is that he has a peanut gallery of myopic simpletons that parrot his twisted agenda. Joe McCarthy had his followers too. Unfortunately, what is really sad, is that these acerbic, egocentric maniacs can do some irreparable damage before their fifteen minutes is over. His followers are not deep thinkers but, rather, the fools that slow way down to watch and enjoy an accident.
""It is terrific to be back in America,""
As opposed to where?
God should not be in the political arena. Neither should Cruz.
Oh Canada, your home and native land, true foreign born, and all thy Teabagger command. From far and wide oh Canada, Ted Cruz please go back home. This Canadien gives even Canada a bad name. Just like Nalin Palin his time is short lived and will be soon forgoten!!