THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) Sarah Palin says that to be great again, America "needs fundamental restoration," not transformation.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee addressed more than 1,000 sweating, enthusiastic supporters of tea party favorite and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz in a field north of Houston on Friday.

She said that "fighters like Ted Cruz can lead the change for us."

Cruz is locked in a nasty fight with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

The pair meets in a runoff election Tuesday after neither won a majority in the May 29 Republican primary. Cruz has been endorsed by top tea activists, while Dewhurst is endorsed by Gov. Rick Perry and the mainstream Texas GOP.