December 3rd, 2009
06:34 PM ET
9 months ago

Tea Party Express, Part Three

Washington (CNN) - Just about every blockbuster movie is followed by a sequel, or two. The tea party cross country caravan, it appears, is no different.

A Tea Party Express official tells CNN that they're planning a third national tour in late March and early April that will culminate in the nation's capitol on April 15, tax deadline day.

Levi Russell, a spokesman for the group, which is organized by the conservative political action committee Our Country Deserves Better, says the slogan for the tour is "just vote them out."

Russell says that with the crucial 2010 midterm elections just months away, the tour will spotlight members of Congress who they consider the worst offenders when it comes to fiscal policy. While both Republicans and Democratic lawmakers will be targeted, Russell acknowledges that more Democrats than Republicans will be on their scopes.

Russell tells CNN that tour is expected to kick off on March 27 in Searchlight, Nevada, which is the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He adds that the three Republican candidates running to challenge Reid in next year's election are planning to attend the rally.

Just as the first tea party cross country caravan ended in the nation's capital, as part of a taxpayers march on Washington on September 12, this national tour is also scheduled to conclude in D.C. as well. The conservative group FreedomWorks organized the first march on Washington and will reprise their role for the April 15 event.

The first march ended with a large rally in front of the U.S. Capitol. This time organizers plan to hold their rally near the White House.

"September 12, 2009 was a historic day for patriotic, grassroots Americans who care about freedom," says Brendan Steinhauser (no relation to the writer of this article), director of federal and state campaigns for FreedomWorks. "The momentum has continued, and we expect hundreds of tax day protests on April 15, 2010 around the country. But the biggest event of all will be right outside the White House, where President Obama can hear and see us."

A second tea party cross country tour in late October and early November experienced a drop off in the number of people participating and in coverage by the media. But Russell says that drop off was expected and feels the third tour will be the best one yet, saying that "we'll be well into the 2010 election cycle and the campaigns will be heating up."

As with the first two cross country caravans, next year's tour is expected to highlight the message by organizers and activists that the federal government is too large and too intrusive into the lives of private citizens, federal taxes are too high and that the federal budget deficit is out of control.

Last month, a separate group announced that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be the main attraction at what's being billed as the "First National Tea Party Convention."

Tea Party Nation says that last year's Republican vice presidential candidate will serve as a keynote speaker for the conference, scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee from February 4-6. The group also announced that Rep. Michele Bachmann will be speaking at the gathering as well. The Minnesota Republican has become a hero among many in the conservative movement.

Tea Party Nation is not part of the planned national tour in March and April and Tea Party Express is not taking part in the tea party convention.

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn

–CNN All Platform Journalist Jim Spellman contributed to this report.


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. m jeff

    If you have seen one, you have seen them all.

    December 3, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Beam me up Scotty!

    "It is very bizarre to think that Republicans are more capable of managing the federal budget than are Democrats. Most of our national debt was run up during the Reagan, Bush, and Bush administrations. When Reagan came to office, the debt was $1.5 trillion. When he left it was $3 trillion. When Bush left office, it was $4.5 trillion. When Clinton left office, it was $6 trillion and by the end of his term the federal budget was balanced and we were paying down the national debt. Then GW Bush added $6 trillion to the debt.

    So, of the $11 trillion in debt, all of the presidents from Washington to Carter put us $1.5 trillion in debt.

    Reagan, Bush, and Bush added $8 trillion to our debt. Every time we elect a Republcan, the debt doubles. Republicans are only fiscally responsible when they are out of power, and it is all hot air. Elect them and the sky is the limit."

    Good job laying it out.

    December 3, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. mms55

    anyone who belong's to this crap is unamerican if you ask me.who the hell do they think pays for all the road's,policemen,firemen etc !!! without taxes this country would be nothing.stop the stupidity!

    December 3, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Vincent

    Peaceful protest is the bedrock of a democatic republic. Why the hate? However, if it's a loose mob of colored-haired, spoiled students from elite colleges protesting the very free-market they use to purchase their price gadgets, the press sits silent.

    December 3, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Carmen

    Everyone knows most sequels are never as good as the originals, and the original tea party express wasn't any good to begin with. Pretty obvious, no? Is CNN just begging for that kind of response?

    Whatever. They can say and do whatever they want, doesn't mean they're not stupid as hell. Don't they realize the country is over them?

    December 3, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. George, Georgia

    Wonder if they will drive on roads?

    December 3, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. 1st week of Advent is upon us...the first candle is symbolic : HOPE..

    Hmmmmm CNN you better book that week now, I suspect there will be lots of taxpayers in Washington by then!

    December 3, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. CTSadler

    Please come to Cali.

    December 3, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. KO

    Where were the tea baggers when Bush and the Republican Congress were spending money like drunken sailors on two wars, while hiding the costs from Congress and the American people? They are total hypocrites.

    December 3, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. mojo

    Yeah, just wait till they file their tax returns and see all the tax credits, tax cuts, and tax deductions they qualify for. Hey, if they hate Obama's tax policy so much and care so much about the deficit (he's cut 255 billion in taxes for individuals over two years) give back your tax cuts and credits.

    December 3, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. S M R

    I heard 1 teabagger yell at a rally: " No MORE REGULATION " LOL. What a clown, that's what got us here in the first place.

    December 3, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. SaddleBack

    Its not just the taxes ..its the Obama ideology. They are fighting against "big government". If this stupid health bill passes, americans will start paying higher taxes in 2010 even though this does not start until 2012. Businesses will be accessed a tax of $750 for every new hire, let alone having to pay for health care. This is only a tip of the iceberg. MOst of you should read Dred report, washington post or any other non-state run media. Stop listening to CNN, MSNBC or any othe state owned media

    December 3, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Shelly

    Those tea baggers complaining that the 'taxes'" belong to them and not the government. Perhaps they need to get off the public roads and start digging their way to work. Oh, wait a minute. some don't have jobs, they need to return unemployment benefits etc. And while they are at it they need to pick their children from the public schools. And these children need to grow up to be just like their parents.......LOSERS!

    December 3, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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