GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the annual National Right to Life Convention, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is set to take his turn at the podium.
The Texas Republican is sure to get a warm welcome from the conservative crowd Friday in suburban Dallas.
Cruz was a little-known former Texas solicitor general before riding a tea party wave of support to an upset win in last year's Republican Senate primary against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a GOP establishment favorite.
Cruz has made national headlines since arriving in Washington, with some calling him the Senate's new troublemaker.
But he's seen his profile slip lately. Cruz was a vocal critic of the sweeping immigration legislation the Senate overwhelmingly approved Thursday.
He said in a statement: "Sadly, this bill won't fix the problem with our immigration system and will only encourage more illegal immigration."
Gov. Perry spoke on Thursday at the event, referring to Sen. Wendy Davis' personal history when discussing efforts to pass tough abortion restrictions. Sen. Davis responded angrily on Twitter, sparking a war of words between the two political figures.
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