Republican Sen. Ted Cruz blasts 'party bosses' in homecoming rally
October 21st, 2013
11:35 PM ET
8 years 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.

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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 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. stuart

    Perhaps since Cruz has no confidence in his party's leadership he should resign from the Republican Party and become an independent or start up his own new party. This Senator shows no loyalty to his current party and is better seperated from it.

    October 22, 2013 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  2. NameLeeAT

    This wacko is certifiable, as are the lunatic fringe that cheer him on.

    October 22, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Thanks Cruz. Dispite the spin of the media, you held firm to the end. You can thank McCain and his Rino's for what they've done. They along with the rest of the left may have won, but America has lost. Democrats, you better get your act together, because Nov 5th is approaching.

    October 22, 2013 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  4. Nodack

    "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."

    I keep hearing that no Americans want Obamacare. If that was true then there is no possible way Obama would have been re-elected. You have to know the Republican code. Americans are tea party members. Nobody else is an American. See, no Americans want Obamacare.

    October 22, 2013 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  5. dody 2

    If all the repubs stood together, they would still not have the majority in the Senate.

    October 22, 2013 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  6. Tag9

    He should run for "President" of Texas and leave us alone...

    October 22, 2013 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  7. IRC

    I am not sure why his supporters are thanking him – what has Cruz accomplished for them? Cruz kicked off a strategy doomed to fail and a strategy that seemed mostly aimed at increasing his profile at the expense of both his own colleagues and everyday Americans. A constant stream of articles like this one suggest Cruz accomplished his real goal.

    October 22, 2013 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  8. David in NC

    If I was republican (won't happen!) I would throw this idiot out of the party. One thing the Rs did fairly well was provide a united front, and now that's crumbling. If they don't shore things up there will be nothing left.

    October 22, 2013 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  9. Kathryn Musial

    First off I would like to say that I'm sure Cruz was welcomed home with open arms....his district is so gerrymandered there probably isn't a sane person in his little pocket of tea-baggers. Also, he keeps talking about what a train-wreck Obamacare is. Well exactly HOW is it a train-wreck....would love to hear some specifics (and they should be factual not the usual made up nebulous absurdities that usually come from the far right.

    October 22, 2013 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  10. Corncop

    No Mr. Cruz, once you step across that threshold into the national spotlight, you work for a couple hundred million Americans! You want to run for President? Fine, but don't destroy the lives of good citizens and small business owners to further your political hero worship. Be the darling of the extremists in the tp. But just remember that being elected requires a lot of support from us folks not bent at the hip to the right! I do have to agree with your statement about not working for the party bosses. That is as it should be! However, making enemies and burning bridges are not good things when you are garnering support. With your current position and rhetoric, why not just stay in Texas with your screaming mindless followers. The rest of America and the people who really count will be better for it!

    October 22, 2013 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Texans and the American people that's an interesting statement , perhaps we showed call them Texicans

    October 22, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  12. skytag

    "It is terrific to be back in America" — Ted Cruz

    Mitt Romney insulted 47% of the electorate with his comment about people who didn't owe income tax after using provisions in the tax code to lower their liability to zero. Not to be outdone, Ted insults over 90% of the electorate insinuating that we aren't in America.

    October 22, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  13. Tom

    People please !!!! Don't encourage this guy.....unless you want to live in a third world type country combat zone.

    October 22, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  14. Joan Souza

    I still don't understand why Ted Cruz thinks Obama Care is a train wreck. I also don't undrstand why he thinks the American people don't want Obama Care. I need information to help me determine why he thinks he is right or is he just talking to make a name for himself.

    If all our representatives acted like him our entire governing system would collaspe. The idea that it is my way or the highway does not work.

    October 22, 2013 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  15. mike l garrett

    this man really think he!

    October 22, 2013 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  16. Gaff

    This man turned against his party, and turned against America. Houston can have him for good. Please, please, please, don't send him back to Washington.

    October 22, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  17. Oneula

    I hope Cruz becomes the Republican candidate for President. No way the Repupblicans could win with a kook like him.

    October 22, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Wrecking ball ted still can not stop babbling.

    October 22, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  19. Suresh Chari

    Your fellow Republicans have more sense, integrity, and respect for the country and office of the President than YOU – THAT is why they didn't go along with your evil, separationist ways. What you were doing was HARMFUL to the nation, and possibly to the WORLD. Hope you get tried for that.

    October 22, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  20. Chris Bourne

    Why am I hearing the theme song to The Benny Hill Show when I read about this nut job? haha

    October 22, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  21. don in albuquerque

    You know whats more dangerous then a man with a plan? A really stupid man with an ignorant plan.

    October 22, 2013 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  22. Lou

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

    The man wants to be president of the ENTIRE U.S. however he only considers Texas to be it....

    October 22, 2013 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Why does anyone listen to Cruz?

    October 22, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  24. Bill

    He never wants any unity. He is trying to make a bad situation into a war in Washington. It is disturbing that he has any influence at all. He has bought himself a one way ticket to Texas, no one in their right mind will support him when his reelection rolls around. I have spent much time in Texas, and thankfully he is not in any way a representation of his state.

    October 22, 2013 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  25. karen Kindla

    Yes,Senator Cruz..YOU are So RIGHT! 'United We Stand.Divided We Fall'!

    October 22, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
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