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.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Mr Phil

    To the pro-tea partiers – let me get this straight. It's acceptabe to spend 900 billion dollars PER YEAR in defense (including DOD, homeland security, operations, VA, etc), but it's a crime to spend the same amount in TEN YEARS for health care? RIDICULOUS!!! And you have the audacity to call yourselves moral or even Christian?!?!?!? Are you saying that Jesus would be more supportive of war than of people getting medical assistance???

    December 3, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Is a surprise to anyone that dems spend our money like drunken sailors on leave? What else is new!

    December 3, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. LacrosseSon

    Know why the left wing-nuts hate the Tea Party? Because there's NO SUCH THING as a fiscally responsible democrat!

    December 3, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. NC

    liberals are afraid, very afraid at the fact that the Republicans will be taking their jobs in 2010 and 2012. The change that the liberals voted for will be seen in 2010 and 2012 when the Republicans take over.

    December 3, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. tjaman

    You TEA Partiers are a bunch of loons. You sit idly by while Bush-Cheney-Rummy spend the debt into the stratosphere on a two-front war, quietly sitting there while the death toll mounts on all sides, happily accepting those rebate checks because in your screwy view of the world, that's how stimulus works. Don't have any money? Spend other people's! And give it away!

    One devastated economy later, the Rs skip town and stiff President Obama with the check. And the second someone mentions paying it somehow: " Wahh! Wahh! I've been taxed enough already! Wahh! Tax the Afghanis! Tax the Iraqis! Tax poor people! Tax the eight or nine people left in the middle class! Just don't tax ME!"

    You people are a SERIOUS piece of work.

    December 3, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    Count me in.....again

    And when it's reported by the Obama media, my guess is they'll report a couple of thousands showed up when we all know the last Tea Party on Washington was anywhere between 1.6 and 2 MILLION. Something tells me the third Tea Party will bring in many many more people. And remember folks, for every person there, I would bet there's at least 20 wish they could be there.

    All the insults here shows only one thing....these left loons with all their insults sure are running scared.

    December 3, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. harold

    The Tea Party people would do well to turn to a Jesus moment and maybe volunteer to drive the un-unisured sick people of the USA to the doctor or hospital and as public service..then pay their medical bill for them.... They could show the country they can do much more than just drink tea all the time... Let Jesus be their guide rather than the junk yard dog style they have now and lack of compassion for people..

    December 3, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. RCLGuard

    I don't get them.

    How much have your taxes increased since Obama took office? NOT AT ALL! Nothing has increased. Nada. Zip. Zilch. You don't have an argument.

    December 3, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Gus

    My goodness are these folks all retired and wealthy to be making all these tours. I guess this is the original tea party, a ploy of the wealthy. what a joke, maybe they can use Palin as a hood ornament.

    December 3, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia


    The reason why most DEMOCRATS cannot get out there and take several months to run around the country and show how we're behind OUR President is because we have to WORK!!!

    How big is the crowd going to be this time. Maybe they can use any one of Obama's crowds and try to get over!!

    December 3, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    I will help financially and physically any opponent against all those who have voted to cut medicare funds and to put seniors on the Obanana death list. As a senior out of work it is time for all seniors to rebell against the current administration and Obanana policies which will cause seniors to become dependent on foriegn health care. Impeach Obanana and all democrates for MisLeadership.

    December 3, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Idiots on parade. Sorry tea party you cannot hijack the will of a majority of American voters. No amount of your propaganda will change the tide.

    December 3, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Debbie

    The tea baggers are extreamists. In a democracy the majority is the ruling party. They have representation in their taxation as each of the protestors have a representative in congress. They may not have their "preferred" person but they still are being represented. We do not have direct vote or direct participation in government. We are a representative government. These people are radical extreamists as they are protesting against democracy itself.

    December 3, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. richard

    This are just bunch of jobless and insane people roaming around the neighbourhood for the sake of protest.

    December 3, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Holding Up The Mirror

    The sad thing is that all these "tea baggers" are really the poor, rural and disaffected. And the even sadder thing is the wealthy have created an "army of the confused" that they are using to further their free-to-gamble with our money agenda. The wealthy sit at home buying up the cheap property that those "tea-baggers" have defaulted on. They are unwittingly supporting the exact thing they say they are fighting against. We as a country need to get educated. Folks, don't hate the "tea baggers" for they know not what they do.

    December 3, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Robert Gertz

    The message is clear: We don wanna pay for other people's health care! Or get our own costs lowered! Or have jobs!! And we don want people to discuss it in meetin's!!!

    Ok, maybe not so sane but clear as a Lou Dobbs Know-Nothing's skull.

    Hastings, fetch my bag. I fear there are likely to be multiple murders on the Tea Party Express when supporters find out who is behind the "grassroots" movement.

    December 3, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. obongogonesoon

    way to show your american spirit. I would go, but luckily i still have a job.

    December 3, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I just need to know how they afford to travel across the country like they do, but they cry they can't afford a tax increase at any cost!
    What a bunch of bull.
    I guess we will have a Palin/Bauchman ticket. Two Political Socio-paths!!!! It's crazy talk!

    December 3, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Cindy

    Million Moran March– That's great!

    December 3, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. TCM

    You got it right...although through your sarcasm, CNN, you don't even know it...yes, the Tea Party movement will be a Blockbuster, and it's the leading point of busting up the liberal ignorance orgy going on in Washington....

    December 3, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Barbara Independent in NY

    Hatemongers on the move again. Their signs reveal the truth behind their protests.

    December 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Chandler

    Where were these people when Bush was spending TRILLIONS on subsidies to insurance companies, TRILLIONS on the war, and TRILLIONS in tax cuts...all with out finding a way to pay for one cent of it? The bottom line is that Bush spent so much money, whomever became President after him would have to raise taxes for the money he carelessly spent.

    December 3, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. Mickey

    What these TEABAGGERS don't understand is this: IT"S NOT THEIR MONEY!

    It's not your money, it's not my money, It's your government's money, and the government will spend it as they feel they need to spend it. We just keep it all warm and toasty in our pockets, or push it back and forth for them.

    December 3, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. Chandler

    Someone needs to remind them that Obama has inacted a tax cut that benefits any American who is on a payroll (payroll tax decrease started in April). They are too busy stewing in their hate to realize it, though.

    December 3, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. jimmm

    Ironic that these people only demonstrate against a democrat president. They missed the boat for the last 8 yrs.

    December 3, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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