Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
6 months 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."

Ted Cruz won't rule out another shutdown, aide tells CNN

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. Ol' Yeller

    How about this plan... Seeing how Texas wants to secede and they are sending delegates to the US Capitol in an effort to derail our economy and try to destroy America from within (it ain't just cruz; almost the entire TX delegation went right along with this). Maybe we should just vote TX out of the Union. Since they have proven themselves to be enemies of America, we can then declare war on them. cruz and his ilk can retreat to the old Alamo (we all know how that turned out last time) and we can unleash the American military on these enemies. After the smoke clears and the enemies have been annihillated, we can allow TX to re-enter the Union. Then, in the future, if they try this nonsense again, we can all say... Remember the Alamo?

    October 22, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ TONE
    i am getting tired of addressing ignorance on this post.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Apparently it is the only reason cnn allows us to post at all.
    Gawd knows that we cannot depend on the actual stories dispelling any lies, myths, or nontroversies.

    October 22, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. manlian

    Cruz listens to the people unlike the Republican party who just listens to foreign corporations and whoever gives them the most money.

    October 22, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. pete

    Cruz doesn't work for 26 million texans, he works only for the relative few that agree with him.

    October 22, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. cjb

    Ted Cruz represents the people of Texas the way we voted him into do. We are sick and tired of the old establishment Republicans and Democrats and we sent him up there to let them know and shake things up. He did exactly that. Blame us for hating on ya'll. He just did his job. Those that don't like him are racist because he is brown. Shame on your racism. Cruz for President 2016!

    October 22, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. smokeee

    Why does Texas think they're the only state in America and keep referencing themselves as America pretending everyone else aren't Americans? After watching Tom Delay in a Crossfire he kept making references to "come home" and "Amiercans" like Texas was America. I won't get into how childish his Crossfire arguing was but it annoys me so much how these Texas Republicans seem to think the 'country' only encompasses Texas and nowhere else. They talk in such a bubble. I swear we should have let them secede.

    October 22, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. cjb

    Those that hate on Ted Cruz do so because they are scared of him – just like Ronald Reagan. He is getting the support of the people and that is threatening to you. It's hilarious to watch.

    October 22, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. ART

    That foreign operative is hell bent on bringing down America

    October 22, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Alan

    This guy is dangerous, but only as dangerous as voters allow him to be. Texas, you can fix this!

    October 22, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. jdofajsdiodsj

    What did Cruz accomplish here again?

    October 22, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. DB Cooper

    Illegal alien? Where is Mr Trump when we need him? Show us the birth certificate. He might even be an activated one man bolshevik sleeper cell, like the manchurian candidate. Trying to turn US into a nachos eating maoist camp? Horror, the horror.

    October 22, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. C'Ya Ted

    Hey Ted I hear that Egypt is starting up a new Gov't... Maybe these people will accept your garbage-speak.

    October 22, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Wake Up People!!

    @Dominican Mama.

    I didn't see any and to tell you the truth I would be terrified being surrounded by people like that. So Texas is Amurikkka huh? Like I said, Texas needs to go ahead and secede. These people refer to our POTUS in the nastiest of terms but HE is the divisive one? Unfreekingbelievable.

    If nothing else comes out of all this madness, at least those people that thought racism was dead have now opened their eyes and finally seen the light. Also the hypocrisy of the GOP is on full display. They consider a Canadian born first term Senator ready for the WH, but President Obama, who is US born isn't, and is a communist Muslim that's ineligible to run. Too bad the media forgets it though.

    October 22, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. 2Km N of GZero

    Remember when Reagan said "the Government is the problem"? Ted Cruz seems to believe that the Government is actually the enemy. We'll add that to the McCarthy "Enemies List" okay?

    October 22, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Landru

    Cruz is clearly making a play for the White House.

    October 22, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. sawlz

    cruz is a wannbe president. He is all ego, and frankly nothing more than a snake oil salesman.

    October 22, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Jon

    "It was a fool's errand to start with. It was never going to succeed," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.
    And the tea party bought the biggest fool of all, Cruz should work for America, not a fringe corporate owned astroturf group.

    October 22, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. spudnik56

    Palin's twin brother...and twice as stupid...

    October 22, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. WillyTheShake

    Ted Cruz is the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party in a long time.

    October 22, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Gene2

    To the citizens of the other 49 states: Contrary to what he keeps braying, Ted Cruz does NOT speak for all Texans. He speaks for a very vocal minority of ill-informed, gun-loving Creationists. Frankly, I'm embarrassed that he keeps portraying himself as the man for all people in my state. He's only interested in making himself the leader of the Cretin Party, and in that he has succeeded.

    October 22, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. tschwob

    Why is it that untruths persist, even in this article? Sheesh. Let's be clear on something about the shutdown-something that the media wants to foist on the people but is ABSOLUTELY untrue. The Sovereign debt of the United States was NEVER in danger of not being paid unless Obama unilaterally and unconstitutionally decreed that it wouldn't be paid. We were NOT going to default! There is nearly 10 times the amount of money needed to service the debt coming into the federal gov't each month. The Constitution mandates that the Gov't FIRST pay off that debt before anything else is paid. The only way we would have defaulted is if Obama himself decreed that we would and if that would have occurred it would have been grounds for impeachment. Now.......if we keep running up unpaid bills into our national debt, have the interest rates rise, (which they will), well then we could conceivably run into a scenario whereby each month we wouldn't have enough money coming in to service the debt. Course Obama's answer to that is to continue to raise taxes of various forms, stunting the economy and sucking the life out of liberty seeking individuals.....it's a great plan.....

    October 22, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. David Arnold

    Cruz is a legend in his own mind. He has already cost this nation credablility, respect, and billions of dollars.

    October 22, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. Chuck Hudson

    The idea of Texas seceding from the American Union is not such a fanciful idea. In fact, Cruz and his ilk have consistently expressed their disgust with America and with total arrogance, believe they are not really a part of these United States. Their departure would be much better for them and the rest of us. Encourage and approve their secession. Pull all Federal and civilian institutions and money out of their newly created Texas. This would include the closing of all military bases, the NASA facilities at Houston, the Border Patrol,etc. Have no diplomatic nor trade relations with the new Texas and move the existing Border Patrol back to the newly created border. Hope and pray that the "new' Texas elects Cruz and perhaps Palin, Bachman and their ilk to run their new country. Should they ever decide, going forward, to apply for re-admission to our Union, require a five trillion dollar fee payable to the Affordable Care Act trust fund.

    October 22, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. jboh

    This clown is just the latest spread of a cancer called Newt. It was first diagnosed in the mid nineties, and has since spread to the likes of Palin, Drudge, Limbaugh, and FOX. These yahoos make a very good living by screaming the sky is falling and it's "their" fault. They have nothing to offer but anger, hatred, and division. Why do fools spend their limited time on Earth listening hate mongers who's stock and trade is keeping them mad/miserable all the time. The whole darn bunch should be sent packing.

    October 22, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominica mama:

    @ TONE
    i am getting tired of addressing ignorance on this post.
    -----------------
    Apparently it is the only reason cnn allows us to post at all.
    Gawd knows that we cannot depend on the actual stories dispelling any lies, myths, or nontroversies.
    ----------------

    At this point I would even accept a Donald Trump article. Well ... OK. Maybe not.

    What have I learned in the past 96 hours on CNN: absolutely nothing.

    or, better yet.

    What are the 5 things we have learned:

    #1. [ fill in the "anti-Obamacare Republican talking point" blank ]

    #2,#3,#4,#5 see number #1.

    October 22, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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