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."
Enjoy Ted, this is your last session as a Senator ! You won't even make dog catcher back home once they throw you out of office.
Yea allowing a person with asthma to get medical insurance is a bad thing. That is right folks asthma is a pre-existing condition and would disqualify you for heath insurance. What is Ted Cruz's alternative to The Affordable Heath Care Act? Oh that's right he doesn't have one. Who do you think pays for the people that do not have heath insurance when they go to the emergency room? That person, the hospital, wrong. Try the American tax payer. That is right folks hospitals are reimbursed by the federal government. And we also pay in higher hospital cost as well and that means higher premiums from our insurance company to cover the rising costs at hospitals.
Ted sounds like a modern day McCarthy, instead of communism his witch hunt is Obamacare. How can he possibly keep repeating that Obamacare is a failure when its hardly just begun? Only a buffoon would postulize such a thing.
Funny how this story is posted online by CNN just below one about Congress, with a leading picture of a protester on Capitol Hill with a sign "Stop Acting Like Spoiled Brats!" Cruz is the epitome of acting like a spoilt brat – something that is anathema to democracy – and makes money egging on the ignorant puppets to do the same. We would have a much better country without him.
"Thank you, Ted"... Wow. A wacko tries to topple the government and Texans are thanking him. How stupid can you be? Cruz is loud and attracts attention. Sort of like Hitler?
Train wreck? He's the train wreck... This guy is delusional...
It is still in the distance, but liberty is ringing, and it's a comin'. Go Ted!!!!
That's it ... give Texas its walking papers and let the Mexicans take care of them, they deserve each other. Sorry mexico, but the Cruz-ites are yours.
How big was that crowd? 100,000? 10,000? 1,000? 100?
CNN is more biased than msnbc. No headlines about ACA delay. But my goodness look at these tea partiers and there poll numbers! Good keep underestimating us and we sweep the senate clean of dingy harry filth come 2014. Im 25 and not smartest guy in the world but i know which party actually cares about america
Ok, from any time he or any GOP drone describes Obamacare as a "trainwreck", you have to donate a dollar to charity.
Cruz is only looking out for himself – he couldn't care a less about the Republican party...it's all about me me me....he needs to go....
'It's terrific to be bback in America'
Texas, a state which hardly defines American values.
The biggest tool in the box, no question. The GOP is going to be split top to bottom.
T.hought texas was going to cecede... should have left it in Mexico to begin with!
this Ted Cruz really needs to look deep into his self and ask if he did the right thing. 3/4 of America disagrees with his actions. He just committed political suicide. good luck with re-election. I forgot... he's from Texas... everyone from Texas seems to be backwards in thinking. he'll get re-elected there because they're stupid at there in that State
This is what the GOP really need. A fighter. Not the McCain, Boehner, McConnell types. Go Ted go. You are fighting for America now.
His followers are such simple minded sheep, and they all hate Obama. I guess if Obama was a freshman senator when he ran for president, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama really was born outside the US, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama signed a stimulus bill that instead of created jobs and revenue, it wasted $24 billion, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama wanted millions to go without health insurance and poor coverage, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama wasn't white, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama had a huge ego, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama would have attacked Syria, so we didn't look weak, they would have liked him. I guess if Obama was not concerned about assault rifles in the hands of mentally ill people, they would have liked him. I could go on and on. These people are brainless!!!!!!
I want to thank Mr Cruz for all he's done for the GOP!!! Keep it up!!!! 75% ready to kick their butts out of office because of you!!! You've done a good job! Oh by the way we want our 24 billion that you wasted. Give it to us on your way out to go back to Canada.
"[Cruz] pushed House Republicans into traffic and wandered away." – Grover Norquist
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. – Edward R. Murrow.
"It is terrific to be back in America"....confederates states of America that is.
I am so tired of Texans dominating this country. Who do you think you are that you can dictate to the rest of the country? Because you have oil and cows? There is a long line of Texans doing this. Texas was not part of the original 13 colonies that formed this country. They ASKED to be invited in and we defended them against Mexico. How about a little appreciation? Just because Cruz and the people who voted for him don't agree with certain laws and policies, they think their "convictions" gives them the right to run roughshod over the rest of the country. Again, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
"I don't work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for 26 million Texans." Actually, you don't work at all. That's what has everyone so upset.
This guy IS the problem!!!
I'm a native Texan, Mr. Cruz. And NO you do NOT work for this Texan. You're only an embarrassment.