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. MikeB

    Ted Cruz; conservative fire-brand or the Democratic Party's secret agent?

    October 22, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Jordan

    Is it just me or one look at Cruz's face and one can tell what an annoying selfish dweeb he must be.

    Democrats should thank him though for inflicting the worst damage to the GOP in history.

    October 22, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. demogoat

    I wish CNN would move anything to do with Senator Cruz to the entertainment section where it belongs.

    October 22, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Pliny

    He kinda looks like Joe McCarthy.

    Another despot.

    October 22, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. David in Texas

    I'm a prod Texan and I don't want to secede. Ted and others represent only a tiny fraction of their constituents. They sell their position as being that of all Texans and it just isn't true. We can thank gerymandering for this problem. It is very difficult if not impossible to get accurate representation in Texas anymore because the lines have been redrawn to exclude the opinions of those that are not currently in office. I just wish there was a reset button that could be pressed every ten years.

    October 22, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    paul

    "ItSoNlYmE

    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.
    --------------------------------
    Most people have noticed the physical resemblance, but most are not aware of just how much their voices are alike.

    October 22, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. RAS

    Ted Cruz needs to resign. He bad for the Republican Party and worst for America. His message is similar to Nazism. His views is un-American and deadly for our diversity and to greatness of this country.

    October 22, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. GoAwayCruz

    How a Senator "should" have their political priorities ranked:
    1) The good of the country
    2) My home state's interests
    2) My political party's interests
    3) My personal interests

    How Senator Cruz has his political priorities ranked:

    1) My personal interests
    2) My political party's interests
    3) My home state's interests
    4) The good of the country

    Please get rid of Cruz Texas... for the good of the country.

    October 22, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. John N.

    And here is where the GOP starts eating it's own young. Someone pass the popcorn, this is going to be entertaining!

    October 22, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Indignant

    Ted Cruz got exactly what he wanted from the shutdown. $$. He admitted from the start that it wouldn't work. All it did was endear him to his constituents, who in turn will give money to his PAC, which in turn keeps him in power and making money. He has no interest in legislating. His interest is in ruling.

    October 22, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. MNClownfactory

    "love to see Republican unity" is code for I will only like it if it agree's with me. I also have another issue his claim to speak for 26 million Texans. Ted got 56% of the vote that means he only speaks for 15 million Texans NOT 26. Basically he uses those 15 million Texans plus Rand Pauls and some other Tea party Yahoo's contituents to black mail the rest of us Americans. These guys probably have 30 million voting Americans votes between all the Tea Party guys that got elected/ Will we allow the other 120 – 130 million voters to be held hostage by 30-40 million?

    October 22, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. ritmocojo

    Rafael Edwardo Cruz: Like Snow Snooky Palin, the gifts that keeps on giving votes to the Democratic Party.

    October 22, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. JIM

    train wreck wth r u people talking abt shutting down the govt cost 30 billion lol..

    October 22, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. scottw

    some of the funniest comments i've read are on this thread. so far, no a single one in favor of this loser.

    October 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. derek wszelaki

    The message is even more clear-people don't want GOP and morons like Cruz !!!

    October 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. R&B

    So to Ted Cruz, TX = America. And I doubt if 26 million Texans all support his lunacy, let alone all registered voters in TX. As a result of ObamaCare, those who didn't have healthcare–far more than those 26 million he says he works for–now have access. Anyone else thinks he looks like Joe McCarthy?

    October 22, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. witsmanc

    We live in a nation of rules. Those rules have been changing and have been used for almost 240 years to make this country great. When someone goes against our rules and says they do not matter should they really be a congressman, senator, president, etc.? Whether you like the ACA or not it has been put in place by our rules of society. If you don't like the way rules are put in place you should try to change them by using the system. If you can't get enough people to go along with you then maybe you are wrong, or at least what you want is not the will of the people. Do you want policeman that do not care about our laws? Think about it. There have also been a lot of good people, including good democrates, from Texas. Please don't paint all from the color of a few and maybe even a particular time. Things do change and once again that is how our system improves.

    October 22, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. cruz ship

    all aboard the tea ship.

    republistan next.

    captain cruz will help you walk the plank.

    October 22, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Namerene

    Cant wait until obamacare fails, its going to blow up right in the dems. face..........i give it less than a year. Just let it be, no delay, just let it sink!

    October 22, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Chris

    Why do we put a mic in this guy face and let him talk his garbage. I was born in Texas but would never claim it. It would not hurt me if they allowed them to break from the Union.

    October 22, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Bill from Florida

    I wonder how many of the 26 million really support his beliefs since about 25 percent of the Texas population has no health insurance. I think the guy likes to hear himself talk it doesn't matter what he is saying as long as he is saying something. First we had Palin, then Santorum now Cruz or better know as the three stooges.

    October 22, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Brewer

    "We didn't ultimately win this battle"? No. You lost. You did not not win. The double negative is not the truth here. But that is not surprising coming from a guy who does not grasp the meaning of the "Green Eggs and Ham." He cost the government billions and what did he accomplish? Zip. In fact, the resolution required some nice pork for the districts of Republicans who had to be "persuaded" to solve the issue – the exact opposite of what Ted claims to represent – more government spending, much of it useless. Ted did not ultimately win that battle just like Custer did not ultimately win at Little Bighorn.

    October 22, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Patrick

    "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."

    Sorry, Ted, but the train wreck is you!

    October 22, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. notogop

    He's from Texas! What do you expect, reason and logic? In his defense, he does seem more articulate than that other great Texan, Geo. W. Bush. Cruz just doesn't think W made a big enough mess in Wahington before he left and he is trying to finish the job for W.

    October 22, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. PD Gupta

    TC does not work for and never worked 26 million Texans at all, instead he has been working hard for those who gave him money to run for the US senate. 26 million Texans never voted for him in November 2012, only perhaps a few millions and many of these few million Texans are also regretting now for his active role to shut down the Federal Government simply to please a few billionaires / milliners. TC is a fraud. Using family members (minors!) in political speech speaks a lot about Ted Cruz. His interpretation of Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor was 100% wrong and totally insane. It seems TC himself never read this book when he was growing up as a child somewhere in Canada. TC is a new bread of Don Quixote, who will never accomplish anything good for this country as a political leader from Texas. Period!

    October 22, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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