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. Jacob

    Ted Cruz is the welfare check for the redneck south of Texas

    October 22, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Ramon F Herrera

    By renouncing his Canadian citizenship, Mr Cruz has placed into evidence the fact that he is willing to sell his own mother down the river.

    In another show of "loyalty, now he has joined a group whose purpose is to destroy the political career of his Senate colleagues (REPUBLICANS, mind you) who happen to disagree with him. That is fascism at its finest. Hitler would be proud.

    October 22, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Jacob

    If Ted Cruz is so smart, why didn't he attend University of Texas at Austin....

    October 22, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Bill Cooper

    Cruz is most likely controlled opposition who is purposely acting eccentric to make critics appear mentally unstable. The ACA is the same law the Nazis had in Germany which helped kill Jews in secret because nobody believed healthcare professionals were insidious. His wife works for Goldman Sach's on Wall Street who really want this law in place.

    October 22, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. edog355

    If I lived in Texas Cruz would definitely have my vote!

    October 22, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Mike

    Term limits would solve alot of our issues with government. However, they will never happen because why would they vote for them. Used to be, people went to Washington as a civil duty(kinda like jury duty.) Now they go there to become filthy rich. Get them out after 4 years and we will have represenitives who actually are in touch with the "normal"people.

    October 22, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. The Mayor of Medinah

    As he should, he took a stand and held his ground, way back when the Colonists took a stand and held their ground. Enough with this out of control spending and unfunded liabilities. Sep 26, 2013 – How DOES the U.S. government wrap its arms around $125.8 trillion of current unfunded liabilities?

    Anyone with any bright ideas please make yourself know and voice your opinion.

    October 22, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Rapheal Cruz drove the Guns Over People tea potty over the cliff while he got rich taking Koch Brothers AND simpleton wingnut money with both hands. Wake up simpleton wingnuts,you've been fleeced. He ran away with the money while Obamcare rolls on.

    October 22, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. ray

    Ted Cruz is simply an idiot....no reason to sugar coat the truth. It doesn't say much for Texans that they elected this moron. Hopefully, they'll vote Cruz out next time and the people of the state will regain some of their lost credibility.

    October 22, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. j

    Texas can have him all to themselves. I hope that bubble he lives in runs out of air.

    October 22, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Name

    For the ones in Senate who said Cruz's speach wouldn't work. It did because people listened. That's all he needed. Taadaa!

    October 22, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. OnTheRoad

    OK, I guess the GOP will put forth another person that has "NO" chance of winning a national election for President!

    October 22, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Dan

    Good for him. Some people in Congress have given up on what they stand for and become soft bowls of mush. Cruise may be a little nuts (and he is a little nuts) but he is also a little right. The Repubs have stood for nothing for too long

    October 22, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. MrManhattan

    Keep the Moron in the Confederacy

    October 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Robert Constant

    What is the power base of Ted Cruz?

    A 2007 Gallup Poll survey of American Religious beliefs revealed that 40% of Americans believe that the World was created 6,000 years ago in six days. Most of these believers lived in the Old Confederacy and states adjoining to the Northwest. There was an inverse correlation between these fundamentalist beliefs and education, that is he less education you had, the more likely you were to believe this.
    It should be of no surprise that these same regions make up " the Bible Belt," and serve as the base of the Tea Party and the Republican Party. It should also be noted that a great number of the Clear Channel Radio Stations , controlled by Bain Capital, which is owned by Mitt Romney, dominate the air waves here. These stations sponsor right wing propagandists such as Limbaugh and Hannity .
    We now know much more about science than we did at the time when Genesis was written. At that time it was presumed the Earth was flat, the Earth was created first then the stars and the sun. It was assumed that the Earth was the center of God's creation, made for the habitation of Man.
    Today our view of the Universe has changed. We now know that the Earth is not flat, that the Sun is the center of our solar system, that there are about 300 Billion other Suns in our Galaxy and that there are about 200 to 300 billion other galaxies in the Universe. A modest estimate is that there are about one trillion planets in our galaxy alone.
    As to the age of the Earth, based on radiometric age dating, we know that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, give or take a few million. This is based on the same kind of technology that gave us the Hydrogen Bomb and the Atomic Clock.
    From a variety of different sciences, each supporting the findings of the others, we can now say with confidence that Mankind in its current form has been around for about 200,000 years.
    Nevertheless, when you cross the Mason Dixon Line, especially in rural areas, you will find that the majority of the locals believe in the account of creation of Genesis which assumes, the Earth is flat, The Earth and not the Sun is the Center of our solar system, and that God created the Earth before the rest of the Universe in six days, six thousand years ago.
    It is here that you will find the epicenter of the Tea Party. This is the fortress of Republican,Tea Party Thinking which threatens us all. The Republican Party has allowed its base to be captured by those least capable of understanding or solving the problems we face as a nation. They march forward in arrogance, unaware of their Ignorance.
    My friends. It is time to dump the Republican Party in all local, state and federal elections. Get these people out of office before they do even more damage.

    October 22, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. 2bnfl

    Hell i don't live in Texas and he will gets my vote.. It is easy to do check with the Dems they will tell you how!

    October 22, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. The Mayor of Medinah

    so he is not one to drink the kool aid

    October 22, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Waiting for a Candidate

    OMG we are going to be hearing this name for the next two years until he is swept under the carpet with Mitt, Sarah, John, and all the other forgettable characters of past elections. Help us. Republicans, you would get a lot more people reinterested in your party if you came up with a few more moderates to put up front instead of these American Talibans.

    October 22, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. crippled dog

    another Repugnican with a distorted image of his own self importance.

    October 22, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. long live the Cruz

    Cruz is the perfect man to finish off the republican party...no one loves him more than the Democratic hopefuls for president

    October 22, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Joseph LeBeau

    "It is terrific to be back in America." Did someone tell him that he had left the country?

    October 22, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. TexanAgainstCruz

    I AM A PROUD TEXAN AND TED CRUZ DOES NOT... I REPEAT DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME OR ANYONE I KNOW FOR THAT MATTER!!! He is a huge embarrassment to this great country and the great state of Texas. Please believe I did not vote for him nor will I ever. Sad thing is that half of the people that "welcomed" him and vote for him are the people he would like to hold back. It is the rural hicks that have been brainwashed. Most highly populated areas in Texas are Blue but you teach sheep to think for themselves even if their wack job sheppard is leading them straight into the Gulf of Mexico!

    October 22, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Jacob

    Ted Cruz is the second coming of Heinrich Himmler. And East Texas are the brain washed followers who like their names attached to a sociopath.

    October 22, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Kansan

    Oh look, the tree stump said something.

    October 22, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. CHERRYPIEGUY

    CRUZ ......or the mouth of the ignorant south.... is just upset because he only has 1 term in the Senate pending.......ignorance will be removed next election

    October 22, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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