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

    Why do you keep putting this guy in the news. No one cares what this lunatic has to say. I'm sure if you keep the cameras and microphones away from him he will voluntarily pour gasoline all over himself and light the match.

    Believe me if this guy had not been elected to the Senate he'd be rounding up people and forming a religious retreat in Central America called Cruz Town.

    October 22, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. Bill

    Has Cruz decided that he has nothing left to lose?

    October 22, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  3. Skip Glanz

    Ted Cruz is the handle that flushes the Republican Party down the drain. You do not govern effectively by being a loud mouth. He is quickly moving past Palin as the most bought and paid for politician in America. While I am not really excited about either party, Cruz's idea of the Republican umbrella is very small. If you are Republican and do not agree with him. (Tea Party) his money men will run a Tea Party candidate against you and give them lots of cash. While it may work in local elections, it looks like a sure loser nationally. I would say it's a good time for the Republican Party to tell the Tea Party to go their own way but then all that green cash would go with them. But after a few election cycles, they will return since the Tea Party has the smallest approval rating of any group in years. You can not lead by doing nothing.

    October 22, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. Relictus

    How ironic for Cruz to call the ACA a train wreck, after he did everything in his limited mental capacity to ruin government over it.

    October 22, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  5. Todd C. Bobo

    What color is the sky in Ted Cruz's world? This guy is totally separated from reality if he thinks shutting down the Federal Government and defaulting is a plan to lead and serve this great nation. He is a delusional narcissist.

    October 22, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  6. Thaddeus Kozubal

    Ted Cruz is an accident looking for a place to happen. If that is really what the voters in Texas want, they just might get it and live to regret it. Mr. Cruz seems to be incensed with the campaign funds he is receiving from some unnamed super pac which is calling the shots for this lone wolf hell bent on disrupting the order of government through politics. For every ones' benefit, I sure hope he is a one-term Congressman.

    October 22, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  7. Avenger88

    Can Texas please secede from the Union...the rest of the country would be some much better off.

    October 22, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. reality

    Keep him in the Confederacy!

    October 22, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  9. Avenger88

    Sorry, meant "the rest of the country would be SO much better off.

    October 22, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. Craig

    It's fine to stand up for principle. However when you know you will lose a battle, it's fairly important to figure out if losing is worth it. In this case, he might have come out okay (maybe) but he wiped out a bunch of his troops and gained nothing except a decimated army. Napoleon tried that a couple times...and ultimately lost everything he'd gained. For a guy who's supposed to be pretty smart, he's actually pretty dumb.

    October 22, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  11. Thomas

    This is funny , most educated Texan's in Houston or Austin dislike Cruz , Perry , Gohmert with a passion .

    He should stop exploiting his two little girls , he should stay home and eat Green Eggs and Ham ! He has wasted time and money do divide , that his only purpose .

    Cruz laughed. "I don't work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for 26 million Texans."

    Gee Ted , this is not the United States Of Texas !

    October 22, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. A p Name

    Ted u should be ashamed of yourself. I ashamed to be Hispanic and have you representing me..... You are sad shame on you.

    October 22, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  13. Steve Allard

    There's an old Texas saying that fits Cruz. It goes ... "I wish I could buy him for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth."

    October 22, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  14. Stanley Haas

    Thank God that at least 80% of the American public do not agree with the Tea Party backed Congressmen like Cruz, Paul, Cantor. Hopefully, in the next 2 elections, we can get most of them out of office to save our country.

    October 22, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  15. Kyle

    So is Washington D,C not America? Just Houston Texas is America?

    October 22, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  16. Mona

    Please Cruz, take a long walk off a short pier......please!

    October 22, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  17. snotfair

    Ted Cruz is the trainwreck- along w/ McCain- McConnell- Coehner- Pelosi! We will NEVER forget come Election Day in 2014- just say no 2 the apathy & pompous ways of the GOP. It`s not the fault of President Obama- he has been railroaded by these gutless wonders on every issue. Barack Rocks!

    October 22, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  18. Lee

    Interesting quote by Cruz: "It is terrific to be back in America," Texas is just a state, a piece of a whole. If he thinks his Tea Party supporters within Texas is all of the USA, then he is most sadly mistaken and is not qualified to be senator.

    October 22, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. snotfair

    Ted Cruz is the trainwreck- along w/ McCain- McConnell- Boehner- Pelosi! We will NEVER forget come Election Day in 2014- just say no 2 the apathy & pompous ways of the GOP. It`s not the fault of President Obama- he has been railroaded by these gutless wonders on every issue. Barack Rocks!

    October 22, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  20. Norm

    This state elected W and Rick Perry to govern them.....? Of course they love Ted Cruz!

    October 22, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  21. Subramanian Venkatraman

    For the media Cruz was a good copy as long as he lasted. In the years of campaign from now on, he will be often remembered and quoted as was the case with many of the GOP candidates in the past six years (Honestly I forget their names: One was talking about ghosts, another was talking about her 35 or so children, one more was trying to teach the President at the airport, one more was talking through his hat about abortion etc. etc.) The only survivor I can think of is Palin. For the next election none of the issues of the past two elections will survive. Those who laughed at the President when he promised to get millions back on a job, will not dare to question the next Democratic candidate. Economy is improving. If the President is able to move further on immigration policy and is fortunate enough to appoint a couple of Supreme Court judges before election, I have no doubt we shall all be laughing at the joker called Cruz.

    October 22, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  22. Bill Davis

    So Cruz believes only Texasis America? Well one thing for sure only dumb Texans will support him. What I find curious about the whole article is that even his daughter thinks he should die...

    October 22, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  23. FactCheck

    Ted is a Canadian by birth, and I think he should go help Canada now with its political discourse.

    October 22, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  24. sbaldwin

    Racist a tad bit this Ted Cruz – hopefully wrong on that but ..... makes often some strange comments and not exactly with tact nor does he seen to care about others really but he plays a good game, of course here in America he has the right to his opinions, I do not like nor agree with the his thought process but I will respect his rights. wonder how he is going to fare with Booker who is no push over and will not take his foolishness without giving him back some political heat, this is going to be interesting, Cruz & Booker Trust me Booker will not back away if Ted Cruz makes a mistake of trying to push his arrogance on him, Booker will give it right back and without hesitation, maybe this is what we need to clear the insane situation that prevails in Government someone willing to say bring it on.....Booker sent out the message, he is going to Washington as a man and not a puppet nor can he be intimidated.

    October 22, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. luke,az

    Mis-guided Cruz is ruining America ! When are the moderate Republicans going to take back their party ? Whetre are you Colin Powell ? The tea party Taliban aren't Republicans , they have infected the GOP. It's time to kick them out !!!

    October 22, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
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