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. Scott in Atlanta

    Why is it that the only time you see a person of color at a Tea Party rally, it's President Obama on a derogatory poster of some sort?

    March 16, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Jesus(the Zombie version)

    I really hope Republicans win and the Health Care bill does not pass.

    You see I stand to make a boat load of money if this bill is voted down. Insurance companies are raising their rates again next year to cover the costs of advertising agains the bill and when this bill is killed off they have complete free will to do so.

    The great thing too is that all these opponents to HCR think that Insurance companies will reward you by lowering premiums.

    Funny, because my brother who works for Aetna says that the company plans to raise rates and drop people in order to make up for the millions they spent on HCR ads.

    And since I have thousands of dollars in stock, it's garaunteed Insurance companies profits will rise this year another 5-7%.

    Way to go Republicans. I love when you vote down a bill to help millions and dozens get filthy rich as a result.

    March 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Tea Party people you have been duped by the Neo Conservatives. The Neo Cons do not want smaller government. They only promise that and do the opposite.
    True Conservatives are Libertarians.

    March 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Independent One

    Health Reform NOW...The American People needs it!!!!

    March 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Lori in St Pete

    Why does the kid holding the sign look like he's possessed? Honestly, I haven't seen a kid look that evil since I saw the original Omen back in the 70s.

    March 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Stacie

    Am I the only one who thinks it is sad when people make their kids attend these hate-filled rallies?

    March 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Chris D.

    OH PLEASE...........The Americans that are against anything the President does, mostly consist of those who did not vote for this president in late 2008........He is doing what he campaigned to do. Health care will pass, Gitmo will close, Wall Street reform will pass, Education reform will pass as well.......The only bill in danger is the climate change/energy reform bill (which is a shame).......those who rally against these reforms are not informed.........and the GOP will pay dearly for going against everything......I know and beleive that none of these bills will be perfect, but it's a start, and a answer to the gigantic issues of our day......Period point blank.......
    President Obama, and the DEMS, will be viewed extremely favorably, by history.

    March 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. The Other Michael in Houston

    Probably more of the 300 mark. We know how the Republican party loves to over state the facts i.e. 60% of Americans do not want this to pass...more like 10%....President Obama is not an American citizen.......although HI is not physically attached to the United States, it is still a state........WMD's.......(still searching for those magical weapons) etc. I cannot wait until November where we can finally rid my country of the Republican Jihadist

    March 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. sandra, Alt

    Maybe if these people had a real job instead of assuming they speak for all of Amereica, something worthwhile for the American people might get done.

    March 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. peejay

    Can just one person on the opposition side discuss this without uttering the words, "shove (ram, jam) down our throats", "government takeover", or (they're baaaaaaaaaaaack) "death panels"? Inflammatory statements from either camp don't lend themselves to rational discourse.

    March 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Paul Ernest Show

    The Tea party members are extremist aligned with the republican party.
    It's the violent, disruptive, armed wing of the party. Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves. They have the idea that if they are not in control, they would literally set the house on fire. To continue this disruptive attitude toward every congressional policies, simply because they are not in power is unpatriotic. Americans are already stressed to the max, as a result of their financial situations, and looking up to congress and the Whitehouse for answers and the least they expect from Washington is seeing all these misinformed, Tea party members rioting and preoccupying congress with their narrow-minded, phony, alarmist, attitude.

    March 16, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. The Unsub

    Release the coffee party! I'll be there for that!

    March 16, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. sandy

    Come on, I am sure there is some independent party that can provide a more accurate number besides between 300 and 3000!

    March 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. WAKE UP TO REPUBLICANS FEAR MONGERING AND TRICKS!

    Those poor people brought and paid for by the Insurance lobbyisit poor things dont even know their being used and shouldnt that kid be in school instead of helping the Insurance industry get their way?

    March 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Michael from Ventura

    Baggers get a LIFE- and think of someone other than just yourselves! Shame on you!

    March 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. hobart

    More Republican lies and hypocrisy. For starters, no one is cramming anything down anyone's throats, save the Republicans themselves. They lost the election, big time. The party that one get to govern; that is until Republicans are in the minority, then they change the rules and filibuster absolutely everything, block routine appointments unless they get their way. To a Republican, it's my way or the highway, even if I lost the election.

    As for Tea Party members, the CNN poll revealed them for the total liars and hypocrites that they are. They all have jobs, health care, homes, retirement funds, and financial security. In other words, they absolutely do not represent main street middle America. They got there's and anyone who lost their job, their home, their health insurance, their life savings, etc. due to the economic collapse the Republicans created, well they can just stop whining and shove it.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    March 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Seth

    We have heart, American Pride and a country second to none.

    No one... can take that away.

    Stay tuned for Freedom... it will mean more than anything when we
    get it back in November 2010!!!

    Never take America for granted, we all needed to learn this lesson, and this generation and the next... we will not soon forget.

    Give Obama his due for waking the Sleeping Lady Liberty!!

    March 16, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Duck Fallas

    Aww, isn't that cute how the little right wing bastage is showing the President in a coffin?

    March 16, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. HypocriCNNs Republican Bias

    How Funny! I Just Have One Question, Where Was This So-Called Tea Party When The Bush Administration In Concert With Most Republicans And Some (Sell-Out) Democrats Were Spending Us Into Debt? They Must Of Had Their Heads Up Their Asses Cowering In Fear.

    March 16, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Spamlander

    They make up a percentage similar to that of hobbits

    March 16, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. David

    Bigger than those stupid Coffee Party ones they tried this weekend. I guess it goes to show when you are caught in a lie like Ms. Park was, the public will see it for what it is and turn on you. For those who don't know, Park started this Coffee Party as if it was a grass roots movement with no one affiliated with parties but it turned out she's an Obama operative.

    March 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Ferret out the BS

    Well, someones not telling the truth, imagine that!

    March 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    Funny how these tea-baggers are opposed to "big government" yet they continue to live off the Social Security and Medicare that is being paid for by my tax dollar. I wonder how many of them would be willing to give up their entitlements in support of their cause?

    March 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Meka

    I have to question, why would a 'Parent Approve of their Child carrying a Sign with "KILL" associated' !

    March 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. TangledThorns

    According to the DNC Scott Brown lost too :)

    March 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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