March 25, 2011 |
A national "tea party" group is trying to hold Republican lawmakers' feet to the fire on the budget just as leaders from both parties prepare to crank up negotiations on a deal to avoid a government shutdown early next month. Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella group that links local tea parties online, says it will organize a rally at the Capitol next week to express frustration with GOP politicians whom its activists helped elect. In an email to supporters sent Wednesday, the group claims that Republicans are not making good on their promise to dig deep into the budget and are poised to cave to Democrats on spending.
February 28, 2011 |
Herman Cain won a presidential straw poll at a "tea-party" event in Phoenix over the weekend which brings up an obvious follow-up question: Who in blazes is Herman Cain? Other than one of the few Republicans to actually have declared outright his interest in his party's presidential nomination, Cain, 65, is the former chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza, and he worked as a conservative radio host in Atlanta for years. The "Hermanator" has become a tea-party favorite through his advocacy of, among other things, the so-called Fair Tax, which would eliminate the federal tax code in favor of a national consumption tax on retail sales.
December 7, 2011 |
Sarah Palin -- remember her? -- says she won't make an endorsement in the GOP race just yet. But it sounds like there's one candidate who could earn her support: Newt Gingrich. The former Alaska governor, who waited until October to announce she would not be a candidate in the 2012 race, told Fox Business Network that Gingrich has "been a bit more successful" than Mitt Romney in courting party activists. "He has been engaged in that movement most recently in order for them to hear his solutions and there's been some forgiveness then on the part of Tea Party Patriots for some of the things in Gingrich's past," she said, according to an advanced transcript of the interview provided by the network.
March 31, 2011 |
Budget talks continued Thursday on a compromise that would avoid a federal government shutdown, even as "tea party" protesters gathered outside the Capitol, urging Republicans not to stray from the $61 billion in cuts already approved by the House. A tentative deal would result in cuts of about half that -- $33 billion in cutbacks in one of the largest onetime reductions in domestic government programs. But House Speaker John Boehner insisted Thursday that Republicans had not agreed to that level of reductions.
July 28, 2011 |
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday took on conservatives reluctant to raise the national debt ceiling, calling them "tea party hobbits" and saying that if they reject the House Republican plan, they will help reelect President Obama. At times reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial during his floor speech, the Arizona Republican also ridiculed Democrats, saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan is "full of smoke and mirrors. " But he directed the most biting sarcasm at his own party.
January 3, 2011 |
As nearly 100 new Republican lawmakers settle into their Capitol Hill digs this week, some will get a pop-in visit ? before the boxes are unpacked and the phones start ringing ? aimed at reminding them how they got there. "We want them to know that we know our folks helped them get elected and we're there for them," said Mark Meckler, whose group, Tea Party Patriots, is sending activists to visit lawmakers' offices hours after the swearing-in Wednesday of the 112th Congress. It's a pointed reminder for the new class, roughly half of which was elected with "tea party" support or echoed the movement's call for smaller government.