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. krehator

    This guy is a fake. Every time I hear him talk like a smug little creep, all I can think is this guy is a career politician in the making.

    Please, don't try to foll us with your Tea Party antics. In the end you are a Republican.

    "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."

    October 22, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  2. Suleman

    This guy is hopeless ,I feel ashamed to be represented by Cruz , let him know that. Cruz you are not representing me rather you'r representing your self , so minus one out of 26 million you caim.

    October 22, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  3. LakeRat1

    I can't help having this funny feeling , that we're all going to enjoy watching the remainder of Ted's political career.
    Even Texans can't be THAT stupid!

    October 22, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  4. peavey

    Mr. Cruz is sociopathic.
    Y'all stand warned.

    October 22, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Rapheal Cruz pushed the Guns Over People tea potty over the cliff while he got rich. Their Wall Street masters are SPRINTING away from them. They threw their own staff workers under the bus . 2014 comes quickly for them. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    October 22, 2013 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  6. Rachel

    He always says he's standing with the American people, or listening to the American people, but he's not standing with me, and poll numbers don't exactly reflect that either. He even blames party leaders for this instead of taking some blame. I notice he's quick to blame the House when in actuality it is many Tea Party Senators such as himself that were the masterminds behind this. I really hope he doesn't get reelected and Texans don't vote for a Tea Party backed candidate again.

    October 22, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  7. Just another Nickel

    Is Ted Cruz for real??? The one little segment when Cruz, Palin, and that other idiot were together talking about Obama and the Qurʼan would have made a lot more sense had they thrown sheets over their heads! The three of them came across as real racists. Is it ObamaCare for Health Care, is he a Muslim or a Christian, is he the President of the United States or an inconvenience to the white vote? What picture were the three of them painting? Well Cruz, I had my say...and you don't represent my vote! There is an old saying "Birds of a feather, Fly together!" I sure hope you get along well with your flock, and hopefully the members of your flock accept your ability "not to negotiate!" As an Americian, I have learned that you do not negotiate with Terrorists, and now I understand that the Terrorists may be in Washington also placing a gun against your head in order to get what they want. Cruz, you are reason enough for me to dislike Congress!

    October 22, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  8. Name carl

    Wish cruz would go back to Texas and stay there such a GOON... VOTE the Republicans out in 2014.

    October 22, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  9. Grace

    "It is terrific to be back in America," said Cruz

    Well then therein lies his problem.... he thinks TX is the real America.
    "Ya'll" can go ahead and become your own country anytime. We won't mind. See ya!

    October 22, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  10. fxalbert

    The train wreck IS Mr. Cruz and the crazies that love him.

    October 22, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Does Rafael bin laden realize that Texsas is NOT the only state in the Union?: He came back to America? America is not that stupid, teddy bin laden.
    Caroline, sweetheart, from your lips if we want to save our country, not your daddy's county of Canada.
    Can he talk about something else except Obamacare and how bad it is for people since it hasn't been implemented except for the children on their parent's insurance, no more denying pre existing conditions, seniors pay less for the medication and no more ceiling on a catastrophic illness?
    He's hated by not just people who lost so much thanks to his $24BILLION loss for nothing but by his own party and members of congress.
    I always wanted the screecher from AK to be gone from the news but this thing is what has replaced her?

    October 22, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  12. Glee

    Teddy, you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

    October 22, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  13. zon

    Seen the latest polls, Ted? 75% think it's a bad thing for the country to have Republicans in control of Congress.

    October 22, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  14. Daniel

    Idiots Tea partier like this one drag our country into darkness.

    October 22, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  15. Ronnie Daniel

    Same way you work for 26 million Texan's; President Obama works for 375 million Americans who elected him to office

    October 22, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Well you have to admit, he tried! Unfortunately we all died the day they didn't stop BUMMER care funding

    October 22, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    This guy is a wild idiot. Poor Texan. Pity.

    October 22, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  18. charles

    Why is the Republican lead ship so scared of Ted Cruz that no one well standup to him. Tall him to set and
    shut up. Are Republicans that scared of him.

    October 22, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  19. Cecil

    Yeah why would he want anyone to have affordable health care. He gets his health care from Goldman Sachs where his wife is an executive. If anyone thinks the darling of the Teaparty is anything but a phony I feel sorry for them.

    October 22, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  20. MaryAngeline

    Mr. Big Ego obviously wants to run for President. Guess this means a third party is in our future because there's not a snowball's chance in hell that the GOP will nominate Mr. Ego for their nominee. Too much mouth in spite of all his so-called high intelligence.

    October 22, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  21. Chuk

    "It is terrific to be back in America," ? This guy travels from DC (America) to Texas (America) and he says that? This goes to show the "independent" minded Texan. Did he need a passport to go from DC to Texas? Interesting.

    October 22, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  22. A Texan

    "Texans and the American people don't want Obama care and they're fed up with Congress." But that is not the case with six million Texans and millions of Americans. Come back to the real world Ted Screw?

    October 22, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  23. Sandra

    Sen Rafael Cruz is a caricature of Sen Joe McCarthy, but without the charm. He's really in love with himself and his rhetoric.. and here I thought it was just a spring romance.

    October 22, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Mr. Cruz is a sick man. With any luck he will so discredit conservatism that it will disappear into ooze of mean-spiritedness from whence it came.

    October 22, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  25. Duckbutter

    Its nice to be back in America ?
    Guess you are only American if you live in Texas.
    Give Texas back to Mexico.

    October 22, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
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