August 28th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
5 years ago

'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - They're angry and not going to take it anymore. And now they are doing something about it – again.

On Friday, the "Tea Party Express" group will travel cross-country on a bus tour starting in Sacramento, California and winding down in Washington, D.C. on September 12.

It's at that point, the group notes, that a three-day march on the nation's capitol will take place to protest the country's rising deficit and fear over taxes being raised.

The tea party movement gained momentum this year as several parties were held across the country this summer to protest President Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plans, among other things.

On July 4, nearly 2,000 advocates - toting signs and chanting slogans - rallied outside Congress. Activists said the TEA Party Day - an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already" - was in response to what they called runaway government spending.

But now, the focus is namely on health care reform – a key issue that has created the spark for a bigger, wide-encompassing debate throughout the country and in Congress.

"What brought everything together was the Obama-care idea, which contains every odiferous objection," Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams said Friday. "Is it health care? [Ted] Kennedy care?"

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    These lib posts are killing me! "Whats wrong, don't these people have jobs?" Here is a key answer numbnuts, No they DO NOT and in alot of cases they are the same people that were paying 50K /year in taxes last year. Instead of focusing on the economy and creating jobs, Obama has been off on a left wing nut course of politics set on destroying capitalism, creating massive debt the likes that have never been seen before in HISTORY! We are now in an escalating war in Afghanistan that we will never win and our country is a mess and on the verge of total social unrest.

    Gee, yeah, go Obama!

    August 28, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Jason Callahan

    It seems that the G.O.P. obviously has no interest in a healthy America and have indoctrinated their supporters with fear mongering lies. Why?

    August 28, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Chris

    Why are 90 percent of the tea party clowns senior citizens? Its because they don't like a black man being President. If they really cared about spending, they would have been protesting when Bush was President. But no, they have to blame everything on President Obama.

    August 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. WhoCares?

    Look at all that diversity in that picture eh?

    Did the bus come right from a McCain/Palin rally?

    August 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Jill-IN

    Ignorant and extremist behavior based on lack of courage, fear mongering and hopelessness.

    August 28, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. RACHEL RULES

    TEA Baggers?... they should call themseves Sand baggers,.. because they want to hold the Obama tide back, and stop the progression of the waters of reform. Just a storm in a tea kettle if you ask me.These people are paid, manipulated, morons , with nothing better to do.

    August 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. ANGIE IN PA

    What a bunch of gulliable hateful people will support war to kill people but wont support healthcare to save people,Will support torture but wont support helping these people are truly from the evil side!

    August 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. nora

    I am guessing that Fox will have an on-air personality on the bus the entire time for all the reports??

    Can't WAIT to see those. You know how OBJECTIVE they are. LOL

    August 28, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Peggy - TX

    Typically, when people protest it is becasue they want to bring attention to thier needs, but here tese people are protesting to stop health care reform that would clear;y be in each of thier best interest – so sad and even after it was reported that the Insurance industry spent Big $ to learn what buzz words would upset the old and stupid.

    March on you Stupid people voicing your support for making the Insurance Industry more rich.

    August 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. S R Bricco

    It would be nice to see a grassroots effort but when its backed by lobbists it smells fishy. If you have concerns ask for a copy of the bill, read it and then deside. And for you non DEM or Independents ( GOP ) have someone with intelligence read it to you before you disrupt a peaceful town hall.

    August 28, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Seattle

    There's nothing standing between us and being uninsured other than an employer who woke up this morning feeling like they could still afford to provide you and I with insurance.

    August 28, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Fair Play?

    Can someone tell me how Obama became a millionaire? I wonder how much his net worth will have increased after his term is over.

    August 28, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Andi

    silent majority? I think you must be confused, randy. They are a minority and not very silent. What are they really protesting? All I can figure out is they don't like OUR President and don't want to hear any explanation of any legislation or anything that comes out of a Democratic Administration. You can't have it your way, all the time. There is a Democrat in the White House, but because he's Black, these people carry signs with Hitler's face superimposed on President Obama's and bring guns to protests and wonder why no one wants to listen to them. You do not have a choice as to how 'your' tax dollars are spent, any more than I do – I didn't want my tax dollars spent on wars and contracts with Halliburton, but I didn't try to incite violence against those I didn't like. Additionally, you guys keep bringing up ACORN and Code Pink (I'd never heard of either until this past election), but I don't see either group attracting this much attention, so they obviously have little impact.

    August 28, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. cecilia

    Is there a law against "stupid"? how about meaness?

    there should be some legal way to make these idiots shut up and go away.

    August 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Zach K

    Teabagger Alert! Whining and Pouting Abroad!

    August 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. ICE MC

    I hate to bust those people's bubble, but it isn't Obama that's causing the healthcare problem, It is the American people. Therefore they need to own up to the problem and debate it in a peaceful way. The only thing they are protesting is having a new president and aren't acceptable to change. Most of them are misinformed, misguided, idiots, rednecks, and Republicans

    August 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. GaVoter

    I'm with you..., 1.8 trillion times over this year alone!!

    August 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. enviroguy

    Riding bus across the country and ending in a 3 day march? These people need to get jobs.

    August 28, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Seattle

    "This is not people upset over one particular politician or one particular party," Williams said. "In fact, if you ask the Republicans in the crowd, you'll find they are just upset at their party as they are at the Democrats."

    Brought to you by FOX NEWS!!!!

    August 28, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Mike - NJ

    Wait... how are these people traveling across the country? Dont they have JOBS? After hearing them say – "I want the Government to stay away from my medicare" I'm going to go ahead and assume they dont work... and probably didnt finish HS. Ahh good old grass root americans. By the way, I think you will find it easier to spot Waldo in any of these pics then a minority...

    August 28, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Tarheel

    A lot of independents and even a few "conservatives" underestimated the damage that their protest vote against Bush and for Obama would ultimately cause and now are having second thoughts. There was no mandate, just an anti-bush vote. You only have to look at the recent poll of how 96% of jews feel that Obama is NOT favorable to Israel and yet he got a huge amount of Jewish votes. That will not happen in the next election.

    August 28, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Randolph Carter the evil narcissistic Obamabot

    Isn't that cute. The petty bourgeois are up in arms again and having a teabagging party. Funny, I don't see any "people of color" in that picture. Have a nice day!

    August 28, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Larry

    Get jobs people.

    August 28, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. JJ

    What the heck do you people think acorn is, it is a bunch of nuts that run around trying to stir up trouble every where they go, Same as the service union's people. Both are paid to raise cain for obama.

    August 28, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    I don't like all these taxes and gov't spending either, but some of these people need to get a job, and a life.

    August 28, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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