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."
Wake up People!
Also the hypocrisy of the GOP is on full display. They consider a Canadian born first term Senator ready for the WH, but President Obama, who is US born isn't, and is a communist Muslim that's ineligible to run. Too bad the media forgets it though.
Second attempt at responding...
Wake up I know it rankles you this racist double standard, but you also know that no one is going to own up to it.
The Birther Movement is an arm of the Tea Party, and everybody knows who the Tea Party aligns itself with inside and outside of Washington: the GOP and the Koch brothers.
So leave it at that.
It is my understanding anyways that W vetted then Senator Barack Obama, so the whole he's not a citizen crap was and is nothing but ANOTHER toothless distraction.
You know good and darn well he would've never made it out the box if the powers that be truly believed the stuff that the Teatard brigade et al have been spewing for the past five years.
Cruz anin't gonna make it, and not because of his place of birth either...wherever that was!
The screaming crowd were all reporters.
This guy is trying for republican's presidantial candidate in next election.But he hurt American economy so much and country's name world over..
Can we send Ted back Canada? His last temper tantrum cost us 24 Billion.
Ted Cruz, is an absolute joke! get em outta here!!! which Americans is he representing again ???
This man needs to shut up and go away!! Where does he get off after being a Senator for 20 minutes blast the senior GOP.
I blame Boehner and the rest of the GOP leadership for letting this guy run rampant.
This is one man that I can't stand. He's totally selfish!!
Sen. Cruz owes the U.S. $24 billiion.
Well... at least your supporters in Texas love you. He's a compromise... why not STAY in Texas?
I'm sure the feeling is mutual. Why can't we deport him to Cuba?
Interesting that these tea partiers want to "make D.C. listen," but they don't want to listen to the rest of America.
Burning bridges no way to retreat is bad strategy.
The Republican Party should not play "nice" with this "cancer" within their ranks. If the Republican leadership has any
illusions of faring well in the 2014 mid-term elections, they need to get their house in order now. If they are still associated with the "Tea Party" at that time, they will go down with them. "A new broom sweeps clean."
Doesn't Ted Cruz look just like Joe McCarthy??
So, if I have to go to Canada for my job, have a baby there, he's not a citizen? Brilliant!
Lol. Don't trust Ted Cruz. His wife is a VP at Goldman Sachs. He's just another bankster sell-out.
Anyone in TX who seriously believes that Cruz has your interests and those of "all Americans" at heart needs an IQ test. Cruz is getting free publicity and making himself a household name, all in preparation for his 2016 Presidential run,.
Wonder how noisy the birther's are going to get when they figure out he doesn't qualify as a "natural born citizen'???
I work in Dallas and I don't see this kind of Ted Cruz supporters. Not sure where these strange animals hide.
Exactly Dominican Mama. I know but it still gets to me that some people still think our POTUS was born in Kenya yet these same people support this phony, who is foreign born. Just once I would like to see the media play halfway fair. Last summer when the combover queen made his announcement about having some dirt to blow the campaign out of the water, Fox-lite was all over it. Now that we have a real foreigner attempting a run, they are quiet as church mice. And don't get me started on their uneducated fan base.
Cruz should get Texas to secede and become its first president. Just like Washington. He will create a paradise on earth with no medical insurance, no unemployment insurance, no taxes, everyone packing guns and for good measure no police department because that infringes on personal rights.
I LOVE Ted Cruz. We all know Hillary is secretly funding the TeaTard so he helps the GOP brand implode. Every time he opens his mouth (no no no, no more Dr. Seuss!!!) the country moves away from Republicans. As soon as the Koch Brothers lose enough money during another shutdown, they will move and shutdown Cruz themselves.
Apparently the qualifications to be a political leader in Texas are: 1. You must be born outside of the United States of America; 2. The ability to read a Dr. Seuss book out loud.
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.
Ah, classic Bruce ... another Republican who isn't quite aware that Hawaii was added to the Union a few years back.
What's with Republicans and geography? Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, as well as that island named South Africa?
Sometimes I wonder if Republicans ever went to elementary school and studied the globe.
This guy has done more to insure that washington becomes a democratic party bastion than the depression. The house will be taken over by the democrats in the next mid term elections, Nancy Pelosi will be back on the rostrum, the Senate will remain blue. Ted Cruz has to be a democrat in disguise! Whay to go Ted and you went to Harvard? I think Obama taught there? Now he is teaching you poli sci.
Since the Tea Party has obviously split ideologically with the mainstream Repubs, the majority of whom aren't anarchists apparently, the Tea Party should make the split official, then get the billionaire Koch brothers who fund them to come up a few million dollars per state so that they can appear on ballots independently. Any 'Repub who throws his/her hat in with these loons is likely in for a rude awakening down the road.