Sen. Cruz returns to Texas welcome after battle...
Republican U.S. Representative Ted Cruz, a top choice of the traditionalist Tea Party development, returned home to an energizing welcome in Texas on Saturday after his endeavor to wreck Obamacare with a shutdown of the central government prompted sharp feedback of his strategies as careless and pointless.
Cruz was welcomed with an eight minute standing ovation in an appearance organized by the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Many in attendance were wearing red to show their support for keeping Texas a conservative state.
The speech and another talk prior in the day in Austin stamped Cruz's first appearance in his home state of Texas since his fight over the rollout of Obamacare that brought about a 16-day shutdown of the federal government that came to an end on Thursday.
A stalemate over the debt limit threatened a default on U.S. government obligations until the Senate on Wednesday voted 81-18 to end the emergency and the House of Representatives followed with a vote of 285-144 to affirm the arrangement, permitting government to open without defunding Obamacare.
Cruz in his speech in San Antonio called out Senate Republican leaders for "failing to stand with House Republicans against the train wreck that is Obamacare." He declined to scrutinize any Republicans by name.
While he said the agreement to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling was a "lousy deal for the American people," Cruz said the fight he and other Republicans pursued will wind up helping the republican party.
Cruz became a lightning rod for feedback from Democrats and even from key Republicans when he organized a 21-hour delay style chat on the floor of the Senate a month ago, as a component of his endeavor to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Texas representative, who has been in office for 10 months since his election a year ago, received harsh criticism from Democrats, the White House and even some of his Republicans counterparts in the Senate during the shutdown and the debate leading up to it.
Senator John Mccain from Arizona, a previous presidential hopeful, and Representative Peter King from New York have been two of the most vocal Republican rivals of Cruz's plans, with Mccain calling Cruz and his associates "wacko birds."
Cruz likewise took a hit in the polls. A Gallup survey released on October 10 discovered he had picked up significant name recognition, yet the rate of Americans with an unfavorable perspective of him has hopped to 36 percent from 18 percent in June.
But the welcome Cruz received in Texas demonstrated his popularity among many Republican activists has grown. In an interview with Reuters after his speech, Cruz said there is "a lot to be encouraged about" after the battle in Washington.
"We saw what can happen when the American people unite, when the American people stand up," he said. "What the American people want is economic growth and job creation. They are crying out for something that fixes all the enormous damage that Obamacare is causing."