December 3rd, 2009
06:34 PM ET
4 years 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.

Filed under: Tea Party movement
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. gt

    expose all who waste our money ... both parties ,,,

    December 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Ben Harrison

    The Million Moron March continues... err, make that 3 dozen morons.

    December 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    It is almost funny how Fox's extreme media 'cluster fox' keeps trying to make a bad idea work. However, if Sarah and Michele can't bring out the nut balls, no one can.

    December 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Jake

    America's finest...idiots!

    December 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. P.G

    Where were they GW started an unnecessary war? then paid for it with tax cuts? or created the biggest government expansion in more than a century? or wire tapped its citizens? or outed a covert CIA operative?

    Freedom fighers? Pffffft

    December 3, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    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.

    December 3, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Ellen

    Ever tasted a stale cup of tea?

    December 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Mike Morrin

    I wonder how many people the rich and powerful can hire to do this one. What a bunch of hopeless fools.

    December 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. gord ontario

    looks like the insurance companys offices get another payed holiday

    December 3, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. felicia

    Oh Lord get out your boots

    December 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Zac, Atlanta

    What has Michelle Bachmann actually DONE to help lower the deficit? Besides $4 million in earmarks in 08...

    December 3, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Clint

    Seems these teabaggers have way too much time on their hands. Why not do something useful like because one of the "thousand points of light" instead of just being one of millions of misinformed whiners.

    December 3, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. thersa

    It is a fact (that the Republicans try to hide) that the economy does better when Democrats are in power. The stock market rises faster, the middle class does better and the national debt rises FAR more slowly. Find out the truth for yourself and above all, don't listen to the tea baggers. They are seriously deluded.

    December 3, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. ken from holland, pa

    i would love to see what tax rate most of these idiots actually pay. my guess is, after all their deductions, etc... their tax rate is alot lower than they think it is. they tea bag themselves all they want.


    republican conservative = clueless hypocrite

    December 3, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    I proudly pay my taxes to support our military, schools, roads, police, firemen, government, libraries, etc., as I cannot take time out to do these things myself.

    I was thinking of having a party as stupid as the Tea Parties, and burning effigies of Beck, Hannity, Murdock, Demint, Ensign, Bush, Cheney, and all the corrupt republicans, but the EPA informed me that the flames would be seen as far away as Mars, and would cover the Earth in smog. I guess I will not be doing that.

    December 3, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Mark

    good job tea party!!

    December 3, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Jim

    Hey, it's their right to express themselves. They are clearly blind being led by the blind, but I would never try to stop them from creating entertainment for the folks with a brain...

    You know, if none of us paid any taxes, then we wouldn't have Government, and then we wouldn't have law, justice, or any other kind of social order. Oh, only the very rich would have education, medical care, etc. Most of these know-nothings would be in even worse shape than they are in now....

    December 3, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Stacie

    Apparently, all you have to do is get a bunch of idiots together to act like fools and you get tons of media coverage.

    December 3, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Chicago 11

    Don't these people have jobs and other obligations?

    December 3, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. RichP the Pocono's

    I made the last one, I'll make this one too. I am sick of the clowns in DC padding their own pockets and in one case a freezer, I want them out NOW.

    December 3, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Iowa voter

    The time has come to feel sorry for these Obama's citizens who worship Obama as he is some kind of God to wake up. Please stop making fun of the citizens who do not agree with you. It only makes you look twice as bad to the Independents. Who by the way, are more in numbers each day than either the Democrats or the Republicans. I was a die hard democrat until this year. After watching what congress has done or not done has made me change to the Independent Party, who happens to have quite a following among the Tea Bag Followers.

    December 3, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Chanel

    They can do it four or five times, most Americans are actually informed and don't agree with the tea baggers

    December 3, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Republicans are hypocrites

    You guys keep forgetting..."Sponsored by Fox News."

    December 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. WHAT!

    What does the tea party really stand for… I never heard of them while Bush was in office.

    December 3, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. alpha_nu_916

    when they say "just vote them out," what the tea baggers really mean is vote for socially conservative waspy males.
    this is sadder than a greek tragedy . . .

    December 3, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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