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."
Wow! when did Houston become a city of 26 million, Ted you're the gift that just keeps on giving. "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." REALLY!!! The Republican can never again lead when they mislead thanks to the tea party who are not for "One nation under god" but for "One city under the state they represent. You're the perfect gift to the Democrats because very time you open your mouth and speak you show all the classic signs of suffering from constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth.
Ted Cruz is as far out in his thinking as Tom Cruz is with his Scientology .....Ted the Clown Cruz could'nt find his way to the bathroom let alone find a way to compromise......What is wrong with the Republican Party too much retoric and too little thought.... You Republicans can trash the government and the immigrants and the President and Healthcare, But in the end if you can't compromise, you can't rule this Country with your ignorant pathetic Christian Message which is as out of date today as it was when Jesus was crucifyed , will serve to bring the Republicans to their Own Political Crucifiction.....And after all this Hoopla and angst you will still not capture the Presidency....and you will loose the control of the house.......You're All Nuts!!!!! Charles Bowen Solomon Stone
That's why we see this clown talking like he been in congress for years, we all know southern part of America with no good education because they teach them hate and give millionaires tax cut, this is why we all this stupidity
This fool just doesn't get it. Now is NOT the time to alienate his fellow GOP'ers..they'll TORPEDO him if/when he makes it to the presidential primaries. His own arrogance will be his downfall. It's just BIBLICAL. Lol..
The American people voted for President Obama and his affordable health care ... you don't seem to get that! The only Americans you speak for are the small group malcontents intent on destroying democracy. Why don't you and your malcontents live for 1 month on a Walmart employee's salary and then speak about how it's OK that hard working people in lower paying jobs don't deserve or aren't valuable enough to receive affordable health care. You continue to live in your small, conservative and wealthy world and continue to close your eyes to how the majority of Americans are living.
'Irresponsible and destructive' descibes this Joe McCarthy look-like well. His greatest attribute is that he is ineffective.
There is method in this madness. If you consider that the TP's primary goal was taking over the GOP, and Ted's primary goal was being seen as a leader of the TP, then the shutdown looks a lot different. The TP, with about 60 reps and a lot of threats of primary challenges, controlled the GOP majority and the Speaker of the House. Ted, while alienating and weakening the rest of the GOP, is now the most common name associated with the TP. Given the recent gerrymandering, the loss of the House by the GOP is not guaranteed, even after the shutdown. This is starting to get interesting.
defund ted cruz
Enjoy it while it leasts, Ted... because it's not going to. You have Allen West written all over you.
Senator Ted Cruz is misleading and mis-educating Texans and he American people. Due to his strong support of the "Shutdown" he is a co-abuser of the many American people who suffered financially, physically, and mentally. CNN treat his as an domestic abuser. Compare his actions and outcome on many of the American people to the other bullies and prosecutors actions for alleged rapist (Daisy's case). His actions are abusive and supports abuse.
Just remember, Ted Cruz is Hispanic. What passion! People criticize him but he stands for principals.
""I'm hopeful, with a little bit of time and reflection, that Senate Republicans will decide to come together again," ... so long as they agree with you, right Teddy?
Why is this terrorist not under investigationin this case i will use waterboarding.
As one of the 26 million Texan's.....please resign!
No! Mr. Cruz, you do NOT work for me and you do NOT represent me and I live in Texas.
Racist pig.."the Nigerian email scammers"? Really?! I seriously doubt he represents anyone, much less the fine Texan people I have known, other than the Koch Bros. Ted, keep your "jokes" for your hood and cloak buddies. I am saddened that this is what our government is allowing into its "hallowed" halls these days.
Cruz needs to sit down and shut up.
Want to talk national security?
He and the others like him are the biggest current threats to our national security.
They will gladly drive the economy over the cliff come February when this issue comes back.
Way to go Ted! I don't like everything you stand for, but I aprreciate a politician with a little honesty, courage, and the strength in your beliefs to stay the course. Even when it's tough.
Mr. Cruz is just clearly showing his ambition as a pop-star more than responsible public official. He lacks the seriousness and sacrifice duties and overexpress his desires(very narcissistic) for fame and power to impose his personal agenda which seems to be go back to the Wild West era: No government and You are on your own alone!!!
Too bad he won't stay there. Cruz's antics cost the US 24 BILLION in lost monies during his little stunt. He says that he prespresents 26 million Texans ... NOT !! He represents a small yet vocal minority of those 26 million. All politicians should listen to the other side of the fence on occasion instead of only what their handlers want them to hear.
@doolittle...if I werent already married..I would propose! Well written!
"Back in America"? Well Mr. Cruz, your America isn't so clear cut – Obama lost Texas by a mere 10% and still won the Presidency. Guess your America isn't as unified as you like to believe, oh and Houston – your so called home city, the majority voted for Obama as well. Get a clue!
" Sen. Ted Cruz was greeted by a screaming crowd of supporters and cheers of "Thank you Ted!""
"It is terrific to be back in America," said Cruz"
Kinda says it all, doesn't it? Cruz and his supporters consider us the enemy; we should probably reciprocate.
Ted Cruz will never be President! ! His "Scorch" Earth views and lack of common sense might work for the 10% of Americans who voted this moron but not for the majority of the electorate. Republicans need to turn on these idiots and keep them out of committees and areas of leadership. Make them irrelevant which they truly are!
It is just me or does Cruz always look like his panties are in a wad?