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."
Ted Cruz "I am a looney, and am proud of it"
This guy is insane and appears to have a following. Enough said.
Ted Cruz should stop showboating and help make America work better. He is degrading Nigeria in a purely US website problem.
Some people weren't going to be happy unless the country defaulted and a depression came about that they could blame on Obama.
I've run out of words for Cruz, the Tea Party and Texas. LOL. There is nothing else left to say.
ya, welcome home, lock him up, and keep him there until he pays back $25 Billion to the nation. The capital doesn't need a destroyer. What a disgusting disaster of the nation.
This guy is i.n.s.a.n.e and appears to have a following. Enough Said.
From Teaxas Governor Rick Perry to Teaxas Senator Tead Cruz. Is this the height of intellect the best that Teaxas has to offer to the rest of the United States of America. Im sure the Jihad extremist hope it's true. I doubt that God's, two Angles, would find ten rational thinking American christians in this Lone Star Sodom and Gomorrah of intellect. Im sure the Jihad extremist have read Napoleon Bonaparte writing;s. When you see your enemy destroying it self don't interfere. Ted Cruz is doing exactly what the Jihad extremist have tried to do, destroy our America.
Love him or hate him; it feels good to know there is at least one politician who stands by his beliefs and will work for the people who elected him with no fear of being hated on a larger spectrum. After all, isn't that why we have elections?
Ted Cruz and along with his fellow craze tea baggers are the joke of this country!!! Tea Party should be abolish!
The United States has a policy of not negotiating with terrorists Mr. Cruz. Your time in D.C. Is about done.
Ted Cruz’s manner of thinking and his actions are more in tune with what we are used to seeing in 3rd world politics.. Get informed people just don't waste a vote.
Cognitive dissonance is a main cause of the social collapse we are witnessing. Edu
Absolutely right. You can be on either side of the spectrum on this debate, but you have to acknowledge that the DC Establishment in both parties has to change. Ted Cruz is trying to do that. You have to support that if you want us to get something done. McCain's, Pelosi's, McConnel's, Reid's, Boehner's. They have to go.
Cruz highlights: Paul's filibuster against droning those intent on harming our country, grassroot effort against preventing another school massacre, and shutting down the government to prevent the uninsured from being able to obtain affordable coverage. This is what he stands for and thinks is good for America. Nothing about jobs and building our economy.
The numbers show that the Tea Party represents less than 20% of the American people. Ted Cruz is a grandstanding idiot who doesn't really care about his country, his party or anyone outside himself. There is nothing constructive coming from these people. They have no suggestions for how to solve social problems, no solutions. All they want to do is destroy. This is NOT what America is about. And I'm not sure I believe that it's what Texas is all about either. Can't someone put a sock in this guy's mouth?
He is a partisan politician working up toward a potential presidential run – which will fall as flat as Newt Ginghrich's morning pancakes
Intelligence can be defined as the capacity to learn from experience. Apparently, Mr. Cruz is not very intelligent.
Headlines,headlines, when will he shut up and do some heavy lifting do do what he talsk about.
Ted Cruz can bask in his glory back in Texas but the real glory goes to the Democratic party. Because of Cruz they are laughing all the way to the bank with bigger than ever donations from people who are afraid of Cruz and his sympathizers.
It would have been more than a train wreck if the USA defaulted on paying its bills! Is that what you and your party want to leave your kids Ted Cruz?
I wonder how many of the 26 million Texans Cruz represents don't have health insurance right now
I understand that Cruz told TIME Thursday that the initial failure to report the financial relationship was an oversight that he corrected last May on his own initiative in his first filing after his election to the Senate. “It was an omission that was inadvertent,” Cruz said. An Oversight, Really! Seems like you have a lot of oversights when it comes to leading the country down the wrong path..
Have the two thirds vote to throw him out already!
so he's a racist and a xenophobe as well,,,but that's just Conservative philosophy too