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."
i love it go texas
Ted Cruz statement of the Nigerian scammers is a direct insult to Black Americans. Perhaps the sugar cane fields in Cuba and his relatives need a course in US history. You will never get the Black and Hispanic vote not only in Texas but all over America. I am Black and live in Texas and you do not represent me. You are definitely a certified nut case waiting for the Tea Party to crack. I guarantee you will never be President of the US but try Cuba. It fits your personality what little you have.
Cruz is a politician from Texas. . THAT, were it not true, would, in my opinion, be slanderous or libelous, depending upon how delivered ! ! ! . A talking terxt would remove the uncertainty !
Cruz and the tea party are the newest manifestation of the "Fifth Column".
Is Senator Cruz really as delusional as he appears to be?
Run for president. TX always make me proud. I will move back someday. B.O. stinks in so many ways.
This guys hat is too big. You should say you represent 25,999,999 Texans because nothing you have done represents my view of how to provide for the general welfare of the people.
Ted Cruz shutdown the whole government which means he actually works for 300 plus million Americans, not just 26 million Texans. Stop holding the country hostage, Ted!
Sen. Cruz hurt the country.
This loon proves it every time he opens his mouth... we get to see that clear path to his empty mind. He needs to stay in TX where his sheeple haven't figured out his motive yet... while he laughs at them, all the way to the bank.
"It's terrific to be back in America," Cruz said, upon arriving in Houston. This guy sounds kind of dangerous to me....
Cruz does not care about his country. He only cares about his career. It's because of people like him that I will NEVER listen to the Tea Party, or the extreme leftists for that matter. Flush extremism down the toilet and vote for those actually willing to compromise in a two party system. The pendulum can only swing two ways to remain stable.
How did someone who clearly has no concern for the damage he's doing in the name of getting votes get elected in the first place? He's harmful to America by his actions alone, regardless of his stances on policy.
What is it that Texas seems to have the biggest "American" extremists? Remember Dallas?
If the americans are any smarter they will vote this idiot out of office
ok...you're boring us to death now.
Mr. Cruz, I am a Texan and you don't speak for me!
At first I wasn't sure I liked Cruz but the more I hear him speak, the more I like him I just wished some of the old party bosses in DC on both sides of the fence would start passing away.I think that is the only way we get the dirt in DC mopped up. Say what you want McCain but you are the fool! Unfortunately you were the only choice I had in the first election – sorry to say. You couldn't even address the nation in your campaign speeches without stuttering your way through them. Perry was an embarrassment!
What Ted Cruz said about hiring Nigerian e mail scammers is a racial comment coming from a man with the last name of Cruz, nothing against other Cruzes,... But such comments are not helpful to solving problems. It helps neither towards the Health Care act or race realtions. It only shows how much of a Bigot Ted Cruz is. It's sad that it comes from an educated man. Or at least one whom I thought was. This only shows hatred!
Ted Cruz seems bitter and angry.
I first of all would like to thank you sir americans can not afford obama care we are a country thats broke allready and what the people need is someone to stand up for them you got there attention sir keep up the good work if you keep this one thing in mind the five ps proper planing prevents poor peformences
This man is bad for Texas and bad for America! He doesn't represent me at all here in Texas.
I don't get why people don't want affordable health care, why they don't want to have their insurance cancelled if they get sick, why they don't want children of parents who have no jobs to have access to health care. In other words, why they vote for rich guy like this who, himself, gets the best health care available paid for by the taxes he does not want anyone to pay.
I don't get why people don't want women to have easy access to contraception while supporting our country's enormously profitable industry of killing machines.
Or maybe I did not understand the real extent of hypocrisy.
"It is terrific to be back in America," Was he overseas before? This guy is out there.
A representative shouldnt just be working for his constiuents but for the good of country as a whole. He was doing that Texans. You cant just have itmyour way while the rest all of theae people suffer. Younare not the center of the universe. Incant believe how selfish, ignorant and outof touch you are.this is just for Ted Cruzs district because i know the majority of texans dont feel,this way.