March 16th, 2010
02:47 PM ET
4 years ago

How big were Tea Party health care reform protests?

Crowd estimates differed for Tuesday’s Tea Party rally in Washington.
Crowd estimates differed for Tuesday’s Tea Party rally in Washington.

Washington (CNN) – Just how many people showed up for Tuesday's rallies on Capitol Hill to protest health care reform legislation?

It depends whom you ask.

The Democratic National Committee said their unofficial count was around 300 people.

"There are more people on the blue line during rush hour than there were on Capitol Hill today at the tea party code red rally," said Brad Woodhouse, DNC Communications Director.

The DNC says Tuesday's crowds appeared smaller than crowds at recent events in favor of passing health care reform that were put together by Organizing for America, which is a wing of the DNC.

"Clearly the momentum is on the side of those who believe that we cannot wait any longer to pass this critical legislation," added Woodhouse.

But Levi Russell, spokesman for Tea Party Express, which organized the main rally Tuesday, told CNN that some 2,500 to 3,000 people attended their event, and he says even more activists are in Washington protesting the bill.

"The people simply will not allow this obese bill to be shoved down their throats by the Obama administration. They want to save their careers, but we are here to protect our nation, and there are far more of us than there are of them. The crowd today proves we will not stop," Russell said.


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. MMonides

    I went up there. I would describe the crowd as "dozens" if not "almost 100". It was a total bust; the teaparty is over as a political force.

    March 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Independant Thinker

    I flipped over to Fox to check on this.
    Assuming they hadn't "Faked" their video like before (check John Stewart) I would agreee that there were only about 300 people there IF you subtract all the Republican "Tag-Along Congressmen and Women" who were out there egging them on.
    What Freeloaders they are.

    March 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Minnesota gal

    They can't count, they can't spell they are blind as a bat and yet they at CNN expect us to believe everything they say...republicans what a bunch of cow chips. And CNN well they are just as bad.

    They won't publish a post if it says anything against a republican but I believe they manufacture ones against Democrats. At least the hire scum to work there, reference the piece of absolute low down crap they just did.

    So will this post be awaiting moderation...yep always does.

    March 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Let me take a shot at an average liberal response.

    Hmmm hmmm.

    "I'm a democrat, and I think they were stupid. Also, they were all white and Christian people, and that is really really bad."

    March 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. ken from holland, pa

    why aren't these idiots at work? half of the 300 are dopes on medicare and social security. bunch of socialist communists. nice to see these morons coming to the debt party 8 years too late.

    March 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. All the news that is fit to omit

    DNC is WRONG again as many unbiased outlets say that it was between 2500-3000.

    Think about that people, it would be FAR MORE, but the non-Owebama sheep who go to these events actually WORK for a living so MOST OF US can't attend.

    The dorito eating, judge judy and Oprah watching crowds are smaller and they don't work, but then again as in THEIR LIVES, they expect someone else to do the work and pass the money on to them.

    WE all agree on ONE thing, REFORM is needed, just not THIS REFORM, but Owebama doesn't get it, but he will in NOVEMBER.

    March 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    The pictures I saw looked closer to 300 than 3000. I wonder which one told a lie. My guess would be the one who lies about death Panels and cutting Medicare benefits. The Tea Baggers strike again with lies.

    March 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    Tea Party just another name for the KKK

    March 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. keithc

    good to see people supporting the bill, more people should be walking though and saying "We want it!"

    March 16, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Obama Victim

    and we would ever believe anyone from the D N C because???

    March 16, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. NC

    Must be nice to travel around the country protesting. Some of us have to work for a living and pay our bills. I guess the tea baggers are rich.

    March 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. John

    Levi and the rest of his little Tea Party group should get a life and recognize that they lost the last election and that the vast majority of Americans elected the Democrats to reform Health Care.

    March 16, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. The Voice

    All I have to say is where the hell were the "tea-baggers" during the eight years of the Bush travesty???

    Oh yeah, in hell, cause that is where they come from!!

    March 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Scott in Atlanta

    "The people simply will not allow this obese bill to be shoved down their throats by the Obama administration..."

    Emphasis on "by the Obama administration..." But the Bush admin. could shove anything they wanted down your throat and you ate it up.

    Hypocrits feigning outrage crack me up. After the last eight years, how can anyone take your "righteous indignation" seriously?

    March 16, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Steph

    We need health care reform. The CBO reports that it will drastically REDUCE the deficit. We also need some common sense protections against the worst practices by for-profit health insurance companies.

    March 16, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. NSR

    They can't solve our financial crisis, these guys can't even COUNT.

    March 16, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Haha dream on, teabaggers. This will get shoved down yer throats like a bad corned-beef sandwich. Have a nice day!

    March 16, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. American

    Thats Funny, CNN had a story promoting the fraudulent Coffee Party this weekend without any mention of the real movement to save America for our kids from the leftists who want to destroy it. The TEA PARTY is a very grass roots gathering of concerned people who have decided that enough is enough. -----------------

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    KEEP UP THE STRUGGLE, AMERICA NEEDS YOU!!!!
    ..................................................................................................

    March 16, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. rdepontb

    I was there, folks, and 300 seems much more accurate than even 350 would be. No way it was any larger-the egos, maybe, but not the body count.

    March 16, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. donttreadonme

    Of course there were more protesters in favor of the dems plan than the tea party folks it was a work day, duh? Most of the tea party folks were either at work or looking for work. The dem supporters on the other hand....you figure it out.

    March 16, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Nabico

    Paul Steinhauser, as CNN Deputy Political Director, you supposed to be a reporter...What is the acurate number of people (Fack Check)?There is no Journalistic effort to this reporting, and CNN is becoming something else (Repulican Mouth Piece, A.K.A. Fox Replication) than a news reporting agency.

    March 16, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Robert Huber

    Here's a thought. Tea-baggers: elect your own president next time to do your bidding. In the meantime, get out of the way while the president the majority elected does what we elected him to do.

    March 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Even if just one person showed up you can bet there were millions that wish they could have been there.

    Thank you 'Tea Party Express'

    March 16, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Duck Fallas

    They want to save their careers? By passing something so wildly unpopular that their opponents will use it against them in the fall? That doesn't make any sense.

    NOTHING the paranoid freaks say makes any sense.

    March 16, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. jdmintexas

    The Tea partiers are just so loud and obnoxious, when five of them stand around sharing a box of doughnuts, it creates the illusion of a large crowd.

    March 16, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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