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."
"Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted by a screaming crowd of supporters and cheers..."
Clearly a tea party staged event. Cruz is always campaigning.
Welcome Home, Ted!
Now please stay there.
Ted cruz: Because Sarah Palin was not dumb enough
Cruz is seriously looking at a Presidential run? There is no way he can win. To be honest most Republicans will not be able to win simply because they are to anti-everything a moderate would consider a good idea without actual ideas themselves. Sure they can say they want a less spending and lower deficit, but how does that benefit me now? I'm supposed to vote for someone who wants to take something away from me and I MIGHT SEE a return on it in 20 years? The only Republican that might win is Chris Christie, and I doubt he will obtain the nomination because his isn't conservative enough for the Tea Party punks.
Yes, Cruz is an idiot and his tactics are childish, but I also blame CNN and rest of the media for pandering to this nonsense for the purpose of sensationalism and ratings. Do your job CNN and hold politicians accountable. Press them for answers to the questions we have and stop letting them off the hook with rhetoic that only frustrateds us more!
Uh, you ARE a Party Boss, Ted. The Tea Party is now in control of the GOP, and you're in control of it. On the other hand, the Koch bros. are in control of you.
I'm laughing at all of the Obama trolls on here.
Nothing proves Ted is the real deal more than seeing a bunch of paid trolls go after him online. You guys never say anything substantive, just a bunch of name calling and party line BS.
Ted Cruz is the future of the Republican party. Deal with it marxoid trolls!
Laser Guided Loogie
Said the creep who concludes his post by cyber spitting on "libruls". Stay classy thugs!
Gingrich, Palin, Bachmann, Hannity, Limbaugh and now comes Cruz! Dems are happy, their work is cut out.
Is anyone else reminded of a certain junior Senator from Wisconsin every time they see Ted Cruz?"
Absolutely. Look at this article's headline picture – the spitting image of the clown who spearheaded HUAC, Sen. "Un-American" Joe McCarthy. Cruz is modeling him, down the line.
Love the "Nigerian scam" allusions....Nigerians are, uh, blacks...and so is this President...get it? Nudge, nudge...wink.
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."
Nice to see a Democrat in the family!!!!
This guy is a disgrace! He should be put out to pasture.
Cruz doesn't work for 26 million Texan, we might be a red state but there are plenty of independents and democrats here too. Cruz mainly works for himself, with strong backing from the Koch brothers!
Two thing Cruz needs to get a clue about:
1) all laws require a bill to be changed not speeches
2) He keep ssaying Obomacare is bad but he never says what it is based on.
it not up and running yet but Cruz can see the future? Maybe we should look at his donar list and see the second highest contributor are insurance people.
Ted Cruz is the future of the Republican party.
if this guy is the "future" you are going to go extinct VERY soon. Of course since you fanatics don't believe in evolution, I guess you'll deny that.....go ride your T-Rex off the edge of the flat earth
Senator Cruz is a fine example of the problem of divisiveness in this country, which is a big reason we can't get anything constructive accomplished. "It is terrific to be back in America", really? In case you aren't aware of it Senator, Washington, D.C. IS in America as is Texas and 49 other states. Perhaps you should attend a high school civics class and learn your job.
Welcome back to the US of A, Senator Cruz- our gratitude and admiration for having the guts to fight these socialist America hating gang- will not go unappreciated by the vast majority of americans in the long run. Your on the right side of history, and that's why the demoscums, media and OBuma are hell bent to smear you- because they know your right. If you were, wrong- they wouldn't care because – only the truth can and will bring them down- in the end. And behind the scenes, they are running scared. Believe it.
Welcome back to the US of A, (or what's left of it), you sir are on the right side of history- time will bear that out. The American people understand the truth.
This guy is the worst thing to happen to America in a long time. Shame on everybody that voted for him. I hope he runs for president. This guarantees a democratic win – 8 more years.
2 words will solve our problems with politcians: TERM LIMITS. They will never happen because the politicians themselves would have to vote for it. People used to get into politics because it was considered your civil duty(like jury duty is today.) Now they get into politics to become rich. Also the immunity to insider trading. They are the only ones that are immune BY LAW.
Good man right there! Fight the good fight!!!
This JERK would be the ideal GOP President .He believes that 26 million dummies in TEXAS is a majority to three hundred million REAL voters in the rest of the USA. Where does the GOP FIND THESE IDIOTS.
IRS pays illegal immigrants $4.2 billion while stalling Tea Parties
That's ok.. Have all the laughs you can now.... Just wait and see.. who will have the last laugh when all this liberal BS collapses the economy. I am not a big fan of Cruz, Beck, Hannity & limbaugh either... But I will say.. I am not a big fan of big government progressiveness either and that is the way we are heading. Currently those who pay taxes percentages is just a tad greater then 50%. Once that tips the other way... Then we will see who is laughing.. It certainly will not be a US citizen.. Once our world AAA rating drops.. Then we will see who is a whack job and who has the whacked polices.
Deflect man deflect.
@ Malory Archer:
paid? do you have my check?