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."
Great – now how about us all standing up against this train wreck that is a Cruz missile !!
Who are these stupid people who think that shutting down the government and threatening default was a good idea?
Republicans got nothing but trouble in that debacle, and billions of dollars were lost. And they knew it was going to happen from the beginning. Or at least Ted Cruz did.
"Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted by a screaming crowd of supporters and cheers..."
This guy is not going anywhere – America has the sit around while Texas re-elects him.
Every time Mr. Cruz says he speaks for the American people I want to throw up. He says "It is great to be back in America" when he gets to Texas. But Texas wants to secede. They don't want to be part of the United States. If Cruz is the best they can come up with I say let them go! The biggest problem that will cause is the Texas A & M Aggies will no longer be eligible for the BCS playoffs. Afterall, it is only open to schools in the United States.
Ted Cruz needs a drone strike
Rafael cruz is a liar. he says that he speaks for all texans. LIE. this egotistical Canadian Cuban Moron does not talk or repesent this 75 year old Texan. he is just another piece of tea party scum.
Ted Cruz, the Canadian born, Cuban terrorist that cost the American taxpayer 24 Billion dollars. I think Ted Cruz is the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy. Cruz Looks and Sounds just like Joe McCarthy
Jesse Jackson was the greatest recruiter the Republicans ever had. Now the Democrats have a fantastic recruiter in Ted Cruz.
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 real truth.
what is the meaning of senator cruz's comment on obamacare as it relates to nigerian web sites. the nigerian ambassador to the us should examine the remark and respond accordingly. comment was made on his return to texas after the shutdown.
Still, even for all their railung against the status quo of the Establishment republicans, Cruz and his Tea Party are doing the exact same thing every other faction of the Republican party are doing: campaigning and fighting the left on single issues. The ACA will be the election issue again and the right will lose again. They are still too narrow-minded in their pursuit of control for the Oval Office.
Rafael Edwardo Cruz is the crux of D.C. Literally and physically.
You also have a party boss Teddy boy, the Heritage Foundation and you do exactly what they tell you to do.
"follow the model" of grass-roots campaigns and citizen engagement
ha... sounds an awful lot like community organizing to me... which of course the tea partiers love to trash Obama for
Does it seem to anyone else that Ted Cruz has funny ears? I don't know, they seem almost pointy.
Is this guy aspiring to be a Presidential Candidate ? If he is the best The GOP can offer, they are in difficulty.
Not only does he behave like Sen. Joseph McCarthy, he also looks just like him. This man is a danger to our democracy.
Ted works for the good people of Texas not corrupt cronies in DC. Great job Ted !!! Most of the elected officials don't have the stones or integrity to properly represent the people that put them in office.
Super shut down in Jan. will finally repeal Osamacare. Fake debit limit trick will not work twice. Go Ted Go...
Just the the ramblings of fool with no intentions but to lead the masses astray.
I consider this man to be a real threat to our nation's well being and I blame the people of Texas for voting him in, KNOWING what kind of a person he is. Now I know not all people in Texas voted for him, but we are going to need your help to get him out of office. I know you have many qualified people in your great state who could be a force for good in the country and the world. People who are not mentally unstable, not narcissists, people, even republicans, who would serve you and our country better. This man DELIBERATELY tried to destroy our economy, and the WORLD economy. You have a job to fire him Texas. I can't do anything about him, I don't live there. We, in my state, have to find a way to get rid of Mike Lee, who is as bad as Ted Cruz, just not as charismatic.
Let's all sing "Born in the USA" – Oh sorry.
Where's Chump when you need him?
Hail to the United States of Texas !! The true America !!
Democratic National Committee announced their party slogan for the 2014 Congressional races. Short and to the point.
Should strengthen their majority in the Senate and get closer to the majority in the House.
Fascism is alive and well in the Great State of Texas !! ...like a virus coming out of dormancy.........