November 5th, 2009
09:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office

Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office.
Tea Party activists hit the Hill, arrested outside Pelosi's office.

Washington (CNN) - GOP leaders and thousands of Tea Party movement protesters gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to call House Democrats' health care reform bill a full-blown government takeover of the nation' health care system.

"My colleagues and I last week were wracking our brains trying to figure out what could we do, because quite simply Republicans don't have the votes to kill this bill," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told the crowd. "Every lever of power is controlled by one party now in DC. We tried to figure out what we could do. We knew that we were limited. But what we knew was unlimited was the voice of persuasion of the American people, and that's why you are here today with your voice of persuasion.

"....Let me assure you your efforts to stop this bill are being heard loud and clear. And I will guarantee you that we are committed to making sure that not one Republican will vote for this bill."

Actor John Ratzenberger, known partly for his role as Cliff Clavin in the 1980s sitcom "Cheers," slammed the Democratic bill as a form of socialism.

"These are Woodstock Democrats," he said at the rally. "We have to remember where their philosophy comes from. It doesn't come from America. It comes from overseas. It comes from socialism. And socialism is a philosophy of failure."

Police later arrested 12 protesters outside Pelosi's office for unlawful entry or disorderly conduct, according to Capitol Hill police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

Democrats have rejected an alternative $60 billion House GOP reform plan as inadequate for meeting the goals of expanding health coverage to most of the nation's 46 million uninsured while bringing down costs and ending controversial industry practices such as denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Adam Connecticut

    CNN had pro public option protests right outside of their New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles offices today and refused to cover any of them. We might have to start calling them "fair and balanced" just like Faux News.

    November 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Video Guy

    Did they remember to arrest Rep. Michele Bachmann?

    November 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Idiot_Pelosi

    Why were they arrested ouside the WENCH's office?

    Didn't PELOSI have an event on the HILL last week and restricted the attendees so only her fake supports weould be in the crowd.

    Pelosi is a joke. No one has respect for Mrs. Botox.

    November 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. colby

    Hmm...I didn't see Michelle Bachmann leading any protests when the GOP was the power in control. Could she be a hypocrit? Or is she merely self-serving?

    November 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Tannim

    "Police later arrested 12 protesters outside Pelosi's office"

    So I guess The First Amendment no longer applies in the halls of Congress???

    Congratulations, America, you reap what you have sown.

    And the other side of the aisle is no better either!

    November 5, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. kimberly

    um, I am sorry, but michelle "NUTJOB" bauchman is CRAZY! Shes dangerous and scary. She is like beck and limpballs trying to start violence in this country! SHAME on her, and honestly, she should be put in a cage! Oh and video guy, the country DOES respect Pelosi, and get used to her, she is NOT going anywher!

    November 5, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Ron

    "CNN had pro public option protests right outside of their New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles offices today and refused to cover any of them. We might have to start calling them "fair and balanced" just like Faux News."

    How does it feel to be on the other side for a change??

    Let's see that makes the count 190.000,000,0000 to 1 in favor of liberal bias.

    November 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. bay area thinker

    Man, these teabaggers love to cause trouble, why can't these people be more respectful with their protest?...oh yeah the fear, hate, and lies

    November 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Barbara

    This wacko Bachmann has to be hanging out with Palin. Bet they don't drink Tea.
    ALL Americans Deserve HealthCare-the same type of coverage as this Congresswoman has! I'm sure most of these idiots yelling and screaming take advantage of those Socialism programs like Social Security and Medicaid..

    Go home and thank your lucky stars we have a great, smart, informed, intelligent Presdient after 8 horrible years of lies and overspending, etc.!

    November 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Paul

    Signs seen at this GOP event:

    "Obama takes his orders from the Rothchilds,"

    and a genuinely disturbing one featuring the piled bodies of Holocaust victims, with the text "National Socialist Healthcare: Dachau, Germany – 1945."

    Please ask Boehner, Cantor et al. for their opinions. Obviously the GOP is not planning to make any inroads among Jewish voters any time soon.

    November 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Mojo

    Someone should tell Bachman we have a thing in America called elections. Those who govern make laws which are implemented as policies. That means government makes binding decisions private actors must comply with under penalty of law.

    If you don't like those decisions you don't get to stay and have it your way by crying about it. You are free to leave the country or work to elect those who share your point of view. If the Dems pass a reform bill you will pay for it. And there isn't a thing you can do about because you do not have a majority in congress or in this country for that matter.

    Just as there wasn't anything the dems could do about Bush and the republicans in 2003 when they passed a 1.2 trillion dollar health care bill.

    The problem with republicans like you on the right is you are only willing to accept the rules of the game when you win. Which pretty much means you're a child.

    November 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. victoria

    From what reliable news sources report the protesters arrested were pro-pelosicare supporters & were arrested outside of Joe Lieberman's office. Get your stories straight.

    November 5, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Rob

    Gee, I'm guessing not a majority of Americans are not koolaid drinking idiots that think this scam is a good idea.

    Send these lib dolts a message today, and send them packing in 2010 and 2012.

    November 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Crazy ass human being

    The Republicant's haven't voted on a bill since Obama took office. This is not news. But we don't need them to vote. Finally change we can believe in.

    November 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    I support health care reform. The health care bill cost needs to be reduced to $900 billion or below, but otherwise, I support it.

    As far as people being arrested, whatever happened to the law and order conservatives? The law shouldn't apply to them? They should be glad there weren't dogs and fire hoses.

    November 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Tony

    Keep the heat on these looney left socialists. This is AMERICA. And if this bill was any good whatsoever, the Dems would have jammed it down our throats already. I am shocked that the Botox Queen wouldn't meet with real Americans. NOT!!!!! Stop the socialists now, just 12 months left before they go away for good.

    November 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Is It 2012 Yet ??

    Great Americans, all.

    November 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. sandy

    My colleagues and I last week were wracking our brains trying to figure out what could we do, because quite simply Republicans don't have the votes to kill this bill," Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told the crowd

    Gee maybe the Republicans should have worked with the Democrats to figure out a better more improved bill....not wrack their brains trying to Kill something the majority of the American public wants. Yes majority!

    November 5, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Stacie

    Soon the far right crazies will be saying there were "millions" protesting there today...

    November 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. mgc6288

    Helping others is one thing; giving others no incentive to help themselves is another.

    November 5, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I'm assuming they will have the freedom to speak from JAIL.
    I'm SURE that they did something to deserve to be arrested, BUT
    I'm sure that they will whine like babies about their Constitutional Rights and make up stories about Grandma, who was with them when they started but who was STOLEN FROM THEIR MIDST, and that he organs were harvested and sold to the Chinese.

    Free speech is worthless unless the words spoken have value... And tea baggers, by and large make noise, not statements.

    November 5, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. djb

    who pays the tea partiers salaries, do they get golden parachutes when they retire?

    November 5, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Realist

    These teabaggers are completely insane. It's pretty fitting that the guy who played a congenital loser and liar on T.V. is their visible spokesman.

    November 5, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Jim

    when will republicans even try to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem that they currently are.

    November 5, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Vets4Obama

    When you get 2 million people, let us know, we'll listen. But until then, STFU, you were beat and you are worthless dirt bags (obviously with no jobs too).

    November 5, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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