The Washington Times - August 3, 2012, 02:25PM

The Ted Cruz national victory tour is underway.

Fresh from his stunning 14-percentage-point win over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday’s runoff for the Texas Republican Senate nomination, the tea party hero will appear on Fox News Sunday this weekend, the network announced Friday. He will be the main guest along with President Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod.


The former Texas solicitor general still must beat former Texas state lawmaker Paul Sadler in November’s general election, but the Democrat faces a huge cash disadvantage and is a colossal underdog in the Republican-dominated state.

Mr. Cruz, 41, is the latest success story for the conservative tea party movement, which has embraced his tough talk on fiscal discipline and fiery anti-Obama and anti-Washington rhetoric. He is a favorite of conservative GOP heavies Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Mr. Cruz also spoke Friday at the conservative RedState convention in Jacksonville, Fla. After his speech, he told the conservative publication Human Events that he expects tea party supporters “will be overwhelmingly behind (presumptive GOP nominee Mitt) Romney because defeating Barack Obama is absolutely critical. I’ve visited with thousands of tea party people in Texas” and this is the sentiment.