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."
Like hell you work for 26 millions Texas you work for the teabagers.
The only way a discussion happens is when someone in Washington pushes hard the opposite way – thank you Ted!
Please make him go away.
I wonder what happened to the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, the party that freed the slaves and passed the 13th amendment by all means and permanently abolished slavery, the party that promoted civil right, the former God's Own Party. What happened to it? How did the party that was behind the defeat of the democratic south in the civil war and abolished the Confederate flag now became the party whose members want to fly the confederate flag? The party that used to flourish in the North East now became the party of the South.
How is the mighty party, the God's Own Party, fallen? I think I have come to understand why.
There is the saying that if you can't beat them, you join them. The south (mainly democrats), after being defeated in the civil war, decided to infiltrate the Republican party to mess it up. The warm people of the former Republican party saw this and decided to move to the democratic party.... and slowly but steadily, the south totally took over the Republican party and the north east gradually left the party and moved to the democratic party. This is the only explanation I can see that can explain the complete swap of the moral characters and demographics of both parties.
Now we have the Democratic Party as the party that loves everyone regardless and the Republican Party become the party of haters. How is the mighty fallen!
"..off the charts brilliant."
Give em hell, Senator.
This man makes me sick...he can't even accept responsibility for his own actions. Blame the Dems...blame those in his party that disagrees with him...blame the independents...
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.
Can we just send him back to Canada already?
ted is a great litmus test to know whether or not you are completely out of touch with reality. like ted? congrats you are delusional
yes Senator MacArthur is alive and doing well. And people do not believe in reincarnation.
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...
My take on ACA the Obamacare that I speak of. I'm holding my gun powder until I fully under stand one way or another on how it's going to work to fully help the American people. Right now I truly believe the American people do not fully under stand Abamacare act an how it will effect them my self included. My first reaction isn't to call it a bad new law that is on the books an damming it like some people in government are doing an you know who they are the Obama haters an any thing that has his name on it YOU KNOW WHAT I"M TALKING ABOUT. With all the wealth an power this country has no one who lives with in it's borders DAIR I SAY be denied health care because they can for what ever reason. Many years back when the Social Security law was passed the same people then an now are at work trying to get rid of the Obamacare YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE. So hold your powder an let the dust settle the truth will prevail in the end one way or another IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
Cruz laughed. "I don't work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for 26 million Texans."
Actually you are not working for Texans either....
His plan is to kick the party bosses out and take over GOP. Party bosses want him to be out and keep their throne. Party bosses know that the demography is changing and if they don’t play safe politics, they will never be able to retake White House. GOP old guards wanted the shutdown to continue and at the end wanted to loose so that they can blame everything on Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz claims that he is representing 26 million Texans which is not true. He forgot to subtract six million people who don’t have insurance and I don’t know out of the twenty million how many really voted for him. If GOP wants to win they have to change their strategy and include more Hispanics, Asians, and other minority and don’t completely on Koch Brothers. Time is changing so does the demograp
These liberals that act as if they want to save the Republican party are laughable. No one believes their mindless narrative.
remember when Ross Perot made this kind of a splash and it took about a year before everyone finally realized he was nuts? This dude is Ross Perot 2.
It is quite confusing; but one thing is clear; Obama is a very divisive and arrogant socialist who wants to foundamentally change this country to something no one can measurably predict. he is dangerously being used by liberals to shift the nation to European style socialism(big, powerful government). On the other hand, republicans are very divided with no leader to steer the ship out of the Obama wave and turbulance. Tea Party members sat home to ensure Romney loss, not realizing that would give liberals 8 years to cement their agenda. Cruz is not crazy as some liberals are calling him. he is the only true opposition to Obama.
I could throw up.
If Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz have kids together.....this world will come to an end!!
How can Ted Cruz say he is from Texas if he was never born there. He will never be a Texan! To be a Texan, you have to be born in Texas!
"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"
Well, it would definitely be a boon for SNL writers...
Rafael "Ted" Crúz is a foreigner who hates America. Never forget that.
Cruz got it wrong, Americans don't want Ted Cruz or Texas.........and are fed up with the Senate
We have to give Texas back to Mexico....
Just checked obamacare website, they want 200dollars a month from me. i.e. 2400 a year. for nothing?! Sorry, i'm not working my but off for 2-3 months just to make doctors and businessmen rich. go ahead and fine me 94$ if you want, but i'll see you in court.