Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
1 year 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."


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soundoff (789 Responses)
  1. Jim

    This freak cruz is Canadian in birth only. He does not nor will he ever have the morals, the values, the common sense or decency to be a Canadian. We don't want him back nor is he welcome. Canadians overwhelmingly support Obama and the democratic party.

    October 22, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. fg

    Ted is just another Justin Bieber from Canada, a lot of flash without any talent. Please go home.

    October 22, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Liz

    He doesn't care about Texans or Amricans he is just about media hype and his political career. He cost American's over 24 billion dollars with his silly shutdown stunt and slowed down our economy. I am a lifelong Republican and would'nt vote for this self serving individual.

    October 22, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. uh oh

    "Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally"

    At which one? Canada or Cuba?

    October 22, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. kiska k

    Ted would do well to brush up on his Roman history, specifically the history of a fellow named Sejanus.
    Built up by the mob, and in the end literally ripped limb from limb by the very same mob that used to adore him.
    It's never safe to rely on a mob as your base. Mobs are notoriously fickle and unpredictable.

    October 22, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Jim Rousch

    Hey, what do you expect? It's Texas-where the paranoid can carry guns to church. Surely, there MUST be someone who is SANE down there!

    Anyone?

    October 22, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. khan in chandler

    Cruz is Canadian-Cuban-Texan who will be the President of Texas, Prime Minister of Canada, King of England (Cause Canada still recognized the Royals) and El-Presidento of Cuba all at the same time. Very smart man, a gift to Texas from Canada, all we need now is to elect Sarah Palin in Texas as any thing to make Texas a prized item for SNL.

    October 22, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Duke

    One person commented "give 'em hell, Senator" and for a couple of weeks we got a glipse of the hell he would give us if he got his way....
    Or did he mean " Hell give em' the Senator"....
    Or give 'em the Senator From hell...
    Or ......

    October 22, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. PanAm No. 1 to Europe

    Actually Cruz is a sleeper Democrat, out to destroy the Republican Party!

    October 22, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. sammy750

    A Texan Terrorist, Ted Cruz.

    October 22, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Whome

    Ted is absolutely correct these people were elected to represent the people who elected them and not to wheel and deal to suit their own best interests, this isn't lets make a deal.

    October 22, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. fallen angel

    This guy needs to get voted out of office.What a low life

    October 22, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. us1000

    ted cruz young and ambitious trying to enter into american politics and political circle, but most likely will fail like romney, even though romney was supposed to be a more experienced politician than ted cruz. obamacare has made democratic party strong and can not eliminated by any method including defunding because american people will fund it, no matter how slow process it may be, making republican party gradually weak, possible may even vanish and open the door for another political to keep american political system strong..

    October 22, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. No Longer in Texas

    Isn't this is the same guy who suggested Texas should secede from the Union? That he is also a Canadian citizen? He sure likes to trash talk America a lot for a guy who is supposed to represent it.

    October 22, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. bruce

    I also love the cuban/canadian remarks by the same people who get butthurt about Obama being challenged on his birth certificate. Irony? Double standard? No just classic Democrats.

    October 22, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. sammy750

    Ted and his Dad came to the USA for a better life, and now they are trying to destroy the USA. This is what some do, get educated, use the system, then destroy it so other cannot get the same benefits. Ted DAD came from Cuba and now putting the nation down, he should go back to Cuba and see if he has the same freedoms there

    October 22, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Wake up People!

    Aw come on Jim.....take him back!!!

    October 22, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. DrJ

    "(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."

    This is a very scary headline! Wonder if some in the crowd were holding signs that said: "Keep Big Government out of My Medicare".

    October 22, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Leroy

    Ted Crud needs to do America a big favor and self-deport to his homeland, Canada!

    October 22, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Leo

    A junior senator and already washed up and irrelevant along with his cry baby Publican party. You can't get your way? Just close the government, cost the country 28 billion dollars and claim victory. Soon we all will be back in the stone ages, and not because of falling bombs.

    October 22, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Patrick Portland

    Ah yes...CNN has found their new Zimmermann...they will latch onto his every word and look to trip him up whenever possible with half truths and unfounded accusations.. If CNN is preoccupied and reports on Ted daily, he must be correct. I didn't care one way or the other as the need to cut spending and kill that obamanation called Obamacare is bigger than one man. Now I do care and hope he's successful. Good work CNN....

    October 22, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Lilian Vernon

    He's basking in the warmth of that hatred normally reserved for Santorum, Bachmann, and Palin. He's the new IT BOY for the Tea Party Millionaires Club.

    October 22, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. jerry carver

    I am ashamed to live in the same state cruz represents. His ideas do not reflect the thinking of a lot of Texans. He was elected in a gerrymandered area of the state. I hope he doesn't last another election. I don't want to wish him any hard luck but I wish his plane would crash on his way back to Washington.

    October 22, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. mw

    Can we hold a recall election here to get rid of Cruz? He is an embarrasment to Texas.

    October 22, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Michael

    Ted meet me in the ally behind the mall.

    October 22, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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