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."
No Robert, Ted Cruz is DUH man.
This man is CRAZY!!!!!!
@sly – thank you for offering the best uninformed voter post of the day.
"These last 6 years have been among the best in American history – health care for 48 MILLION people priced out by Big Insurance. Our troops are home. Our #1 enemy has been slain. We've ended Federal Discrimination on the basis of race and preference. And our unemployment rate is the lowest in 10 years."
Nobody can get that awesome insurance because we outsourced the website build. Sombody may want to tell all those organizations targeted by the IRS that discrimination has ended and the IRS was playing a practical joke. You may also want to tell the millions of people that gave up looking for work they were just looking in the wrong place. I would do it myself but i have to call my cousin and tell him to get the next flight out of Afghanistan because the war is over.
Cruz is a bit of a paradox... he is a fool in just about every sense of the word, yet if Congress had a bit of his tenacity they might actually make for a decent group... of course, they would actually need to have a brain in their head rather than be clueless as Cruz... guess it's time for me to stop day dreaming...
Cruz's home is Calgary Canada. Did he fly back home there?
80% Unemployment, is it no-matter to obtain true idealism? For true Idealism can bring full employment. True Idealism can cycle employment because True Idealism has no concern about employment. Teddy, today’s Environment is considerably different than the Environment 5 years ago and considerably different that the Environment 10 years ago. My anger or disappoint, 5 years ago, it was preparing for a heavy round of Voodoo-Economist of Ronald Reagan. As a true Man of the Country, you should know who gets the platforms and who does not. Sorry Ted, the best thing you can do for Texas is request to be lynched.
Can we please give Texas to Mexico? I am embarrassed to have them as part of the same country..
Thanks Cruz....who needs democrats when you're there to destroy your own party?
It is a shame that there are not more politicians like Cruz. He says what he means and means what he says, unlike Obama and Romney who say what the poll says and don't know what they mean! Hopefully 2016 will provide this country with a choice of two (or more) candidates with well thought out opinions rather than two poll watchers!!! Then this country can quit "wandering in the woods" and actually figure out where we need to go and how to get there!!!
I wonder how long it will take for his GOP colleagues request that he be censured in the Senate.
The message is clear. This guy is dangerous as a fanatic that he is.
Ted Cruz is totally safe in his seat in TX. They love anything that is anti liberal. I hope this plays out for him to get the nomination in 2016. Should Cruz run in 2016, Dems could put up honey badger and win the election.
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 / millionaires. 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 breed of Don Quixote, who will never accomplish anything good for this country as a political leader from Texas. Period! (corrected post)
If the republican party follows his lead, they will doom themselves in the election. Their best chance for success is to distance themselves from the so called "Tea Party". Speaking of the Tea Party, why are they not their own party? Why are they trying to highjack the republicans? Maybe the reason they don't start their own separate party is because their numbers would be so low that they would be discounted as a viable alternative. They represent the worst of this country.
imagine Cruz for Prez / then Santorum for the Veep / then Palin for Sec of State – – – NOW, wouldn't that be a Trio ?
guess it would be a fantasy dream come true, for the republican right wing. LOL
Ted Cruz is either a Democrat agent or a Cuban communist operative.
No you fools. look upon that face of arrogance and sureness. This imbecile and his vileness thinks he will win...nitwit from Texas. You and your kind will not succeed and take over to bring vileness on this Nation and planet. You may yet pay the price of evil that lurks inside you...
He cost the economy $24 billion. How is this conservative behavior? Deport him back to Canada!
@crabapples12, thank you for being the voice of imagination land.
I'm not going to dissect everything you said because I'd waste my time, however, I just wanted to point out that the website isn't the only available option for people who want to sign up for Obamacare. But, since it's had its issues, you lunatics will latch onto it and do everything you can to discredit it. Grow up.
So by "united" I take it Mr Cruz means doing it his way or not at all. Freshman politician gone egotistically wild. The country pays for his childish behavior not just Texas.
Dear Cruz – thanks for winning Congress back for Democrats.
No – seriously!
It is not surprising that Ted has such a self-righteous attitude. His father, Rafael Cruz a dominionist pastor, tells how he indoctrinated Ted from as young as 4 years old, to believe that Ted was anointed by God to fulfill the dominionist philosophy of religion. Basically , they believe that the riches and wealth must be taken from non-believers and given to the priests so they may enrich their flock and spread their religious agenda.
See youtube dominion Cruz for links to videos.
Not many in Texas actually like this thug either. He used redistricting to win the race and it will be hard to toss this trash extremist out of office. We need term limits and an end to gerrymandering in this country!
Somebody refute the evidence that Obamacare is already a disaster. Go ahead, I dare you. Defend the absolute incompetence on display in D. C. A lemonade stand proprietor could build a more functional website. Cruz is right. Any alleged damage caused by the government "shutdown" will pale in comparison to the looming economic destruction and absolute dismantling of the best healthcare system in the world. EVERYBODY will suffer as a result.
except for that part where polls show majority of the American pubilc does want Obamacare.
If Texas wants to leave, they can.