Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, center, greets supporters at a voting precinct Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Houston. Cruz faces Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff election for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
A decidedly populist, at times even angry, tone fueled Ted Cruz's rise from virtual unknown to U.S. senator-elect.
It helped him become a national tea party sensation by pledging to beat back government and choke off federal spending no matter what.
Now, the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the Senate is striking a similar tone. He's vowing that unless President Barack Obama takes America in a new direction he will fight the White House at every turn.
And he's not the only Texan doing so.
Gov. Rick Perry, who may again run for president in four years, called Wednesday on Obama to repeal his own health care reform law.
He also says the president should "put an end to his reckless disregard for our rule."