Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
9 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."


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soundoff (789 Responses)
  1. mark H.

    He should have the guts to start his own party, and quit piggy backing on the GOP and leave the Republicans what little statesmanship they have left.

    October 22, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Ed

    If he doesn't like the Republican Party, maybe he should start his own nut-job party.

    October 22, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. pk

    Ya know...the resemblance to Joe McCarthy is uncanny. Creepy...they share the same "religion" too...UGH

    October 22, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. I Am Right

    I love reading the rants of liberals on CNN. This is possibly the funniest site you can go to, forget YouTube. Ted Cruz cannot and will never be President, he wasn't born on US soil...done. The issues in Washington are on BOTH parties. You cannot say "Let's make a deal" and then in the same breath state that you will not make a deal unless it is on your terms. That goes for BOTH sides of the aisle. Everyone on this site should read news that isn't biased and learn to think for themselves. Washington is screwed up because AMERICA is screwed up. Stop calling racism because you don't like people, stop using statements like "teabaggers", how does that fix anything? WE voted them in. WE are responsible. To blame it on the Democrats or Republicans and not yourself is just childish. If you are going to point a finger as to why we are in the state we are in, turn it around and realize it all lies on you.

    October 22, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Jackson

    "It's great to be back in America"

    That says it all right there, doesn't it. The only places the GOP consider "America" are places where they get what they want. If they don't get their way, suddenly, it's not America.

    Excuse me while I vomit. Hopefully, some of it lands on Ted Cruz.

    October 22, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. jazzerguy

    Ive lived in Texas for 33 year and am a proud resident – and I detest Ted Cruz. He doesnt represent me

    October 22, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Orygun Duck

    These guys think we should follow the Somalia model and just disband the government and let the strong survive.

    October 22, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Grampa

    Looking at the latest poll numbers for the GOP and the Tea Party, I'd say America IS awake and taking stock. Cruz may seem popular when surrounded by his small band of screaming zealots, but in a presidential election he would end up road kill.

    October 22, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. bob

    In in a way it's kind of amazing that Texans are against health insurance for the poor, since so many of them are poor and uninsured. One can only assume that Ted's supporters are at the top of the food chain. Then again, with education in Texas being what it is, I suppose even the poor might believe they are better off with starvation wages and going without health insurance. It could be that they actually buy the Tea Party rhetoric about how paying a living wage to American workers would impoverish the richest Americans and bankrupt the country. If so, they are doomed, but it is somewhat reassuring that Cruz was unable to bring the rest of the country down to his Tea Party vision of a society that takes everything from the poor and gives everything to the rich.
    If the founding fathers were correct in their assumptions about democracy, the votes of the poor should be enough to counteract Nietzschean visionaries like Cruz who believe the rich have a God-given right to exploit them simply because they were born inferior. Even a brief survey of poverty, education and upward mobility in other western democracies shows that this assertion is not true. The sooner American voters, especially poor voters, realize that they should have as much of a shot at the American dream as those born to wealth and privilege, the sooner we can reduce poverty, crime, high infant mortality rates and all the other third-world blights that our country is afflicted with. We are still a very rich country. No American should have to live in poverty or go without health care or a good education.

    October 22, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Roscoe Chait

    Hopefully, that was his last speech. He sure resembles Joseph McCarthy, don't you think?

    October 22, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Sivick

    the more he talks the more likely we are to welcome Hillary as the first female president in 2016.

    October 22, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Dainimal

    Texas just keeps putting out politicians that are bent on destroying the country. Think about where we would be as a nation if we had not allowed Texas to become a state, and thus never had heard from people like both of the Bushes, Rick Perry, Louie Gohmert, and of course this clown, Ted Cruz. Has anyone actually listened to this guy talk? He is a demagogue who never really says anything of substance, just uses a lot of hot-button phrases to rally his base. Listen to one of Ted Cruz's speeches, they are all the same. He uses words like freedom, liberty, and patriot over and over again, and he'll make a couple references to Ronald Reagan (who would be considered too liberal by the Tea Party's standards). And he always finishes off his speeches by saying, we must stop the trainwreck that is obamacare, Funny thing is, I haven't heard him offer up any alternatives. In fact I haven't heard him really say much of anything except, freedom, liberty, Ronald Reagan. And this tea party deal about them being true patriots or whatever, really starting to get old.

    October 22, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. BK

    He is not running for an election right now, so why does there need to be a "battle" or "fight" as he puts it between parties in Congress? Once you are elected then your job is to work together to run the government smoothly.

    October 22, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. WyoWind

    Cruz – I have a novel idea. Why don't you and your ilk actually propose solid solutions to problems instead of "blasting party bosses", "blasting Obamacare", "blasting the Democrats", and blasting.....whatever. It would really help if you could add to the debate over real solutions..............

    October 22, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. F4C

    this treasonous swine should be frogmarched to a prison cell.

    October 22, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    Too Bad – I wish E.F. Bailey & Johnnie Cochran was still practicing – I would even even get on the horn & call the guy that is advertising on T.V. ""Legal Zoom dot com"" Robert Shapiro. ( used to be O.J.'s attorney also)

    IF I could afford it, I would sue 'ole Cruz for 24 Billion (with a "B") then after winning, I would send the money & make a payment to the national Debt.

    This would fix this guy for life, wouldn't it ? It would take him several lifetimes to pay it back.

    October 22, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Poodlepuff

    Cruz should consider creating his own perfect world in Guyana. I heard that Jim Jones' old People's Temple Jonestown compound is for sale!

    October 22, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Barry Robertson

    I live in Canada where we have universal health care, that doesn't prevent individuals from purchasing additional coverage, it seems to me that the only people who are opposed to the so called Obama care are the ones already have and who can afford it regardless of cost and other factors. What the none insured should do is demand that the people like Ted Cruz who's against his own citizens having affordable health care help them pay for health insurance if they overturn the law.

    October 22, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. JerseyJeff

    Ted, why don't you just take your Tea Party out of the Republicans so the GOP can concentrate on the Center-Right and you can hold down the fringe minority in America?

    October 22, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. modocer

    You all can criticize Cruz all you want, but he arrived back home to crowds of people who elected him, and are going to re-elect him. The suggestion he start a third Party is a non-starter. The 2 Parties and their media supporters are not going to let that work.

    October 22, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Skeptic

    Theatrics. It's what Cruz does best.

    And the rabid mobs buy his snake oil.

    October 22, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Steve

    I'm one of the American people, and Ted Cruz sure as hell doesn't speak for me! He shouldn't use the phrase "American People" so freely in his moronic banters, when he really means "the Koch brothers".

    October 22, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. hey

    Texas, in 2018 you better send this guy packing or you will be a joke of a state.

    October 22, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Canuck

    I'm seeing a lot of people telling Cruz to go back to Canada, and calling for his deportation.
    I would just like to say... we REALLY don't want him back. You guys can keep him, or ship him off elsewhere, we don't care.
    While you're at it... if something happened to Justin Beiber too, that'd be cool.
    Ahh.... wishful thinking.

    October 22, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. coy4one

    Cruz is totally out of the loop. He thinks he's making a difference. What he is doing is hurting Americans.

    October 22, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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