Fresh off his come-from-behind Senate primary victory, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) said the Tea Party movement that helped propel his campaign is even stronger now than it was two years ago.
"This is part of a tidal wave that began in 2010 and that tidal wave is only stronger in 2012," he told Fox News's Chris Wallace Sunday morning. "Those protests died down. I think the reason is the Tea Party went to work."
The Cuban-American candidate, who is heavily favored to win election, also said that Romney could make inroads with Hispanic voters based on shared values.
"I think the Hispanic community, the values that resonate in our community, are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family, patriotism," he said, pointing out that Hispanics enlist in the military at a higher rate than any other demographic group and saying he'd "never once seen a Hispanic panhandler because in our community it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging."
Cruz then said Romney could make inroads with Hispanics by attacking Obama's economic record with statistics tailored towards the community, something the Romney campaign has already done.
"I think what Gov. Romney needs to do and I think what he is doing is defending those values and making the case that the Obama agenda has been incredibly destructive to the Hispanic community," he said. "Hispanic unemployment is higher than the national average and when the federal government is killing small businesses and killing jobs it is hurting the future of the Hispanic community and we need to carry that message."