December 3rd, 2009
06:34 PM ET
3 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. KB, CO

    These people let their corporate masters do all there thinking. Well free thinking Americans like myself care enough about our country to help rebuild. The funniest part is they think we worship Obama. When in fact we prefer positive solutions as opposed to constant whining.

    Hey maybe you can cruise the country with some ideas rather then collective childish behavior. Glass is half full not half empty.

    December 3, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Ben

    they should all be locked up for life

    December 3, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. ns

    Some of you say your taxes haven't gone up...Um have you filed your 2009 taxes yet? OH yeah NO... What we are protesting is the taxes going up in the future. With the proposed Government run healthcare, cap and trade and list goes on and on. Turn off CNN and watch other news channels. You people are so blind!! Wake up sheeple!

    December 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    Yawn, does a majority of Americans really care about what these tea-bag's think or care about?

    Texan corporations have huge overseas tax havens that protect nearly all of them from paying even 1% of the tax funds which the US Government routinely gives to the State of Texas.

    Mindless ferrets clamoring in Texas for lower taxes! Texas is the biggest hypocrite when it comes to Texan Corporations paying their fair share of Federal Taxes while holding out their greasy hands to scoop up as much of corrupt Republican lawmakers give them.

    December 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Len Smith

    I don't even think these people understand anything about government. Remember the government built this country and it needs to do it again. Also, remember all these deficits started with RReagan and continued with all republican presidents, with some relief under Clinton. So far President Obama has not added to the deficit, Yet. The temporary TARP and Stimulus are not ongoing. One needs to understand where this country would be without either.

    So Tea Party learn of what you speak.

    December 3, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. KB, CO

    I spend free time volunteering there's a whole host of worthy causes.
    join a PTA or volunteer at a shelter for the homeless, help clean up
    trashed neighborhoods, join the peace corps. Find constructive efforts. Don't degenerate into an angry mob.

    December 3, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. John D.

    What a bunch of high and mighty left wing imbiciles writing here today. You must have really gotten up early and studied hard to put more than a couple sentences together. We tea baggers as you call us are sick of paying for your lazy butts and it is coming to an end. We are not the ones being left behind, you are.

    December 3, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Marvin, TN

    Oh really? Well, who cares? These people are wacho rabid-right-wing-nut-jobs, who wear tin-foil hats and don't believe in climate change. Yeah, I really want to turn the country over to these clowns.

    The t-baggers have one thing right, and that's the fact that they follow leaders who are just as bad or worse. And talk about tax dollars, what about the fact that GW hid the money he spent on two wars from the budget. Nutcases, all of them.

    December 3, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Mike in MN

    Go Tea Party movement. This is a great conservative movement with a mission to limit the size of government, government spending and taxes to what we as a people can afford. Government should provide roads and bridges, education, defense, law enforcement, courts and consumer protection laws. It should not run banks, auto companies, health care, try to be an insurance company, or punish the wealthly by overtaxing them for the purpose of redistributing wealth.
    Simply put government should provide infrastructure and enforce laws and beyond that, stay out of the way. If it did that we would have a stronger economy and more good jobs and less government debt, leaving more money in the private economy where real jobs and wealth are created.
    Liberals will never get it. Foutunatly they are the smallest political demographic in American with those who consider themselves conservative outnumbering brain dead liberals 2 to 1.

    December 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    ah yes the Tea Party folk are coming back. Thanks for the warning CNN..maybe that will be enough time for a counter group to meet them in DC and expose some of their racists tactics and downright mis-leading information that they are passing out. These people are nothing but sore losers still upset that the GOP didn't win in 2008 and worse some upset because the president doesn't look like what they are used to seeing in the Oval Office. I have nothing against protesting...taxes in some cases are high I agree, but where were the tea partiers when Bush was in office and this recession began also along with bigger goverment? Until they can answer that question I have little to NO respect for these folks. It doesn't take much to see what they are REALLY about.

    December 3, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Gerry NH

    So if you disagree with Obama's handling of the economy, health care and etc you are a moron or a racist. Most of you are abunch of jerks.

    December 3, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Dakota Kyle

    How about "Motivating Morons for Madness"?

    Just keep drinking that Greedy Old People's prune juice and you will achieve "purity" of one type or another.

    Who knows, It may just cleanse your souls as well...

    December 3, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Join the (tea) PARTY!

    The Tea Party protests have been ignored by this arrogant administration already. Hopefully this one will get their attention. It is the right of the people to protest government waste, irresponsible spending, half-baked policies (healthcare 'reform') and plain stupidity.

    Note: to those lefty posters that belittle, call names, lie about the number of attendees and generally scoff at a sincere protest, shame on you. People can disagree and still be honest/civil (even if you're a left winger).

    December 3, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. mary mtl can

    Wow and other moron rally

    December 3, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. General I. Zation

    We must rise up any way we can against the bolsheviks who are now destroying our once proud nation. The Tea Parties are one way to do this.

    You people who voted for Obama sure got snookered by a Chicago con-man! The trouble is - we ALL have to suffer for your star-crossed foolishness!

    December 3, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Join the (tea) PARTY!

    The Tea Party protests have been ignored by this arrogant administration already. Hopefully this one will get their attention. It is the right of the people to protest government waste, irresponsible spending, half-baked policies (healthcare 'reform') and plain stupidity.

    Note: to those lefty posters that belittle, call names, lie about the number of attendees and generally scoff at a sincere protest, shame on you. People can disagree and still be honest/civil (even if you're a left winger).

    Wow, I've read a lot of the comments by the left wingers–mean-spirited, hypocritical and way off the mark–sad.

    December 3, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. proud dem in nc

    OK, let me see. My taxes have yet to go up and I'm sure these tea bag nut jobs taxes have not gone up either. I guess it was OK to pour billions of dollars into Iraq for that BLUNDER of a war. I didn't hear Hannity, Limbum, or the MORON Beck whining and crying about that. Let Obama try and help those that need it and suddenly the "chicken littles" are running around screaming about the end of the world. The tea bag nuts job HATE Obama plain and simple and it's just a chance to bash him. Losers.. losers all!!! Oh did I mentions BIGOTS as well.

    December 3, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republican Eric Cantor was asked what he would do about creating jobs and he couldn't answer but continue to complain about Obama's plan. He sounded like a fool.

    December 3, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I just hope they don't kill anyone. This mob mentality is really scarry. I know individually they may be nice people, but they listen to the propoganda feed to them by Fox and get worked into a frenzy. NEWS FLASH: The payroll tax went down under President Obama. No "rights" have been taken away from anyone. No one is going to kill grandma. GET REAL! TURN THAT TRASH OFF AND GET THE FACTS! I got emails all day from Republican friends that were so unbelievable that any idiot should know that that stuff is not real. THERE IS NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS! PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT GOING TO TAKE "IN GOD WE TRUST" OFF MONEY. Think before you forward this stuff. It makes you look stupid!

    December 3, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. T from Texas

    Um...CNN, why are you advertising something that Mr. Beck at Fox is coordinating / organizing? I would think that you should focus on things your network organizes. Honoring the CNN Heros is more inspirational and productive than this tea bag thing. Please stop advertising rallies that are sponsored by your competing network.

    December 3, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Uncle Buck

    These people are truly idiots. First, it was Reagan that posted America's first large jump into indebtness with lowered taxes and huge military spending. The resulting recession brought his VP, Bush senior down after one term. Clinton followed and actually started to balance the books before Bush Moron came along. Bush moron created the second even greater recession by having among other things taxes cut and his government push for housing sales to everyone including those that couldn't afford it.
    Why Republiscums jump up and down whenever a dem comes into office is beyond me. They even have the nerve to gripe about taxes but usually are the first to have large families, and large tax deductions for their kids as a result. Personally I think they should pay more taxes and loss the child deduction because they were the morons that wanted them in the first place.

    December 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. duckunder

    Come on CNN. Blockbuster? You got to be kidding me. A few hundred screwballs riding around that have no respect for anyone that has different views than they do. They are an insult to freedom, democracy, and this country.

    December 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Adalbert

    These losers are all working for the insurance cartel.

    December 3, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Adam (From Chicago)

    They're Americans doing what it is Americans do when trod upon...fight back. To all the young men and gals who like to insult the teaparty people...they are against government mismanagement. Aren't you?

    They are against bigger government as the government (this one and EVERY single one before it) has proven they cannot do a single thing efficiently. So therefore the most effective government is the smallest one.

    Obama is blowing this government up to titanic proportions.

    December 3, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Jim

    I would like these tea baggers to explain exactly which taxes have been raised since George Bush left office. The answer is NONE. They hate deficits (though they are newly converted to fiscal responsibility), but I dare them to list the exact budget cuts they would make to balance the budget. Medicare would have to be in that list.

    December 3, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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