Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
10 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."


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soundoff (789 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ rs
    Indeed it is amazing to see these wannabe fiscal conservatives but in fact domestic terrorists gather gleefully around a man that led the charge to recklessly take $24 BILLION DOLLARS out of our economy.
    You'd think the way they castigate the President that they would've welcomed Turd Cruz home by hanging him from the nearest tree.

    October 22, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. quieteye

    Please proceed Tea Party.

    October 22, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. JBHedgehog

    Scorched Earth...it's a GREAT policy!!!

    October 22, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Ric C

    This is and Op Ed piece, disguised as a news article. It is filled with typical liberal bias and outright lies (e.g., the government..."came very close to running out of money to pay its bills". JSG – you show your ignorance...being born outside of the U.S. does not negate one's qualification to be President.

    October 22, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Dave

    What a GIFT this nasty clown will be for the Democrats in 2016.

    October 22, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Ric C

    ARMYCSM – if this is a new America, we need a new Constitution. Until that happens, the current one must be followed. Anything else constitutes, or at least leads to, anarchy.

    October 22, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. just observing

    Ted Cruz will flame out. So will his Tea Party buddies. Its just a matter of time. I and many other Republicans are tired of our party being hijacked by the extremists prodded on by snake oil salesman like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck. Those three men profit greatly by stirring up controversy where there is none on a daily basis. They would be off the air in a month if people would stop listening to them tell us that the sky is falling and that they and their glassy eyed followers are the only "True Americans". BS. Its a big tent fellas and you are doing a huge disservice to the Republican party. By your constant negative tone and whiny voices you are causing droves of people to leave the Republican party. By the way, Rommney LOST the election, no matter how you spin that. I fear that as a result of Cruz and his ilk the Republicans will suffer catastrophic losses in the next election. Of course the fear mongerers will blame that on others rather than looking in the mirror. It appears that you have forgotten that my favorite president, Ronald Reagan, actually found a way to do business with Tip Oniel. Unfortunately you cannot muster the courage and intellect to find some common ground and compromise for the good of the country and your party.

    October 22, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Eric

    I just want to say, as a Texan, I did not vote for Cruz. I was very upset when he won the seat. He and Rick Perry are just garbage and need to be ousted. They give this great state a bad rep. Cruz is a rich man who does not care for anyone other than himself, and Rick Perry does not even know the geography of Texas. Perry seems to believe that bombs are exploding in west Texas from Drug Cartels and believes that the most violent city in Mexico is in fact a part of Texas. It is embarrassing and people from the western part of Texas did not vote for them at all.

    October 22, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. yankquest

    Ted Cruz is very mistaken as to who he represents. He does not, by a long shot, represent the majority of the people of this country. Yes, he has loyal followers, who think he is just marvelous, but, he only speaks for them, and they are a minority. Go away Cruz, go away. Or better yet, try and run for the POTUS. Good luck with that. Just ask your Governor....

    October 22, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Phil

    I hope so too. Then we get to have our own country!

    October 22, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Big_D

    Hey Tea Party! Did you hear that the Chamber of Commerce, an opponent of higher taxes for the wealthy, supports raising the gas tax to fund multi-billion dollar infrastructure? They can't pay a dime more in taxes for billionaires but they can request we pay more for gas so they can make more off our infrastructure and pay nothing for it. You guys are being played like fools and you are going to lose SS and Medicare to boot for it.

    October 22, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Polequates

    The American people will always say "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR" when you get lousy work, and that is Mr. Cruz.

    October 22, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. ItSoNlYmE

    Is anyone else reminded of a certain junior Senator from Wisconsin every time they see Ted Cruz?

    October 22, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Bill

    Ted,
    It wasn't a battle. You talked a lot and accomplished nothing. Nothing.

    October 22, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. kylefromohio

    Danyl

    When is Texas going to secede? They keep threatening to do so, and we keep hoping they will.

    Yes Then they would need their own Arm Forces to defend their borders, and so The Counties in Texas become states and some would want to secede from Texas, Oh by the way since Texas want out of the USA, Mexico is reclaiming it's old territory. Good Luck with that!!!

    October 22, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. tiredof itall

    This nut is in total denial; he DOES NOT speak for "26 million Texans"; maybe a thousand but not the majority of Texans.The American people want the tea party and delusional gits like Cruz to close their mouth, curb the attitude and accept the will of the vast majority of Americans. We DO want national healthcare and Obamacare is a done deal. Get over it or get out of politics.

    October 22, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Paul

    Cruz and people like him are the problem in this country today.
    As an example, Cruz states that most people in the US want to repeal the AHC act......Where did that 'fact' come from.
    Is Cruz saying the 51 % of the people in his state want the act repealed? I don't believe that for a second. I wish he would stop fabricating his facts and come out with his suggestions that would improve the law. This person is stupid and I am ashamed that we elect these kinds (Palin, ect) to public office in this country. We definitely make ourselves look like fools to the rest of the world.

    October 22, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Bob

    The hard right of the Rep. party seems particularly adept at spawning buffoons–Palin, Bachmann, Gingrich and now Cruz. The interesting/scary aspect of this phenomenon is that people contribute a lot of money to their campaigns.

    October 22, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Granbury, Tx

    I am Texan and American. Cruz doesn't speak for me. He is an embarrassment.

    October 22, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. NWJoe

    I wish all of these nut jobs would quit using the term "the American People" want --. I am "American people" and I don't want Cruz – for anything.

    October 22, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Mark in Seattle

    Have a 3 day trip to Texas comming up in a few weeks. Sure hope I can avoid any of these people that gave little teddy a hero's welcome home.

    October 22, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. tino

    I'm a Texan I did not vote for this clown, he does not speak or represent me when he says that he is speaking for the 26 million Texans he is a farce and clown, like most refuges living in Florida.

    October 22, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. JD

    So, let me get this straight. Upon arriving Texas, Senator Cruz states, "It is terrific to be back in America." Is he implying that the rest of the USA is not truly America? Senator Cruz, how about you lead the campaign to have Texas secede and the other 49 states get to keep the name America. You can call your new nation the Republic of Texas You can appoint yourself dictator, Grand Poobah, or whatever you like.

    Thiis moron compared his marathon speech on the Senate floor to the Bataan Death March. As the son of a decorated WWII combat veteran, I find that comparison to be more than offensive.

    October 22, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. RockInD

    Please note, Mr Cruz does not speak for all Texans any more than he speaks for all Republicans or all Americans. He is doing a heck of a job of tearing apart the GOP though.

    October 22, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Savior

    Accept Cruz as your Lord and Savior and you will be forgiven come 2016!

    October 22, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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