April 8th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
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Tea Party movement attempts to unite?

(CNN) – The Tea Party activists characterize their movement as grassroots, energetic and growing in size, but organized or unified? Those are not words used very often to discuss a movement divided among national and local chapters across the country.

But Thursday a broad coalition of national and regional Tea Party groups are announcing the formation of the National Tea Party Federation (NTPF). According to a statement from the Tea Party Express, one of the groups participating, the federation is being "established to create a unified message and media response amongst key leadership and their affiliates."

Tea Party leaders say the federation will also serve as a clearinghouse and will be used to promote the movement's objectives, which they say are "fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.

The creation of the federation is being announced at a Tea Party Express rally Thursday morning in St. Paul, Minnesota. The rally is part of the Tea Party Express's third national bus tour, which is scheduled to end on April 15. The Tax Day event is expected to draw various tea party and conservative groups to the nation's capital, and to other rallies expected to be held across the country.

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  1. ProfBill

    It must be nice to be retired (obviously these people DON'T WORK) and have enough money left over from socialist SS to drive around the country in a huge RV vehicle protesting the election of America's first BLACK President....

    April 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    God next step, Tea Partiers; united you stand, divided you fall.

    The step after that, of course, is to take back the GOP from the neo-cons.

    April 8, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.
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    How can any American say that these are not worthy goals? These are a significant part of what made this country so successful. These are what will make this country successful going forward.

    April 8, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Cosmo

    Memo to Tea Party: If you want fiscally responsible and limited government be careful what you ask for. After you have given back your right to Medicare and Social Security, you will be in for a big surprise when you try to file for personal bankruptcy. Maybe they can re-open work houses and poor houses or you can rely o some charity from a hedge fund manager. And the "free market" thing, that is why so many manufacturing jobs are in China and the Pacific rim and Americans are trying to figure out how they are going to survive in the 21st century in a strictly service economy. Good luck.

    April 8, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. cdickinson

    I agree with the tea party movement but please leave Palin out of it. She doesn't represent where we need to go or how we need to get there. Neither does McCain. They're why we lost the election, actually it's Bush. Everyone swung the other way and look what we got-we were asleep during the Bush administration BUT NOT ANY MORE. This President is destroying all three branches of government and to what end? What's in it for him? I just don't get it. What is his ultimate goal? My county government is broke, my state is broke ,and the country is broke. I have worked over 20 years as a teacher and now my retirement is in jeopardy not to mention social security which the gov has squandered. We've been asleep for too long – these people passing laws have to go and we have to put people in place who are responsible fiscally. I think Tom Brokaw was right, the "Greatest Generation" was our parents – we are toast – and so much for our children.....

    April 8, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. D. Tree

    The Tea Party is too radicalized to unite and gain any real political power. Their association and inclusion of all the fringe elements on the far right turns off moderates and independents, people who are the REAL force in American politics. The Tea Partiers are just a bunch of angry anti-government anarchists.

    April 8, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. AJ in Florida

    Just call the "unified tea party" THE NATIONAL COOLAID PARTY (NCP) and call it a day.

    April 8, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Jack Fl

    When they get through smoking the grass the roots are all that is left. This ought to be interesting, two partys of no! Their theme song can be the old Neil Diamond song"nobody", nono,nono,no,nono

    April 8, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. AndyBlue

    I thought they we already united.

    By Fox news.

    April 8, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Too ashamed to admit to being Republican and the anti-government extremists that hate anyone that disagrees with them are incapable of anything that requires intellectual skills yet alone uniting.

    April 8, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Emma

    It is about power, and resembles the power struggle we see every day in the US Congress. And when it is about power, who do you think is going to compromise and unite?

    April 8, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Carmen, Miami FL

    I know tea partiers like to think of themselves as "patriots," but I just find them to be so ignorant. They're not independent and they're not grassroots, they're largely conservative and corporate-backed.

    April 8, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    "fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets."

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    This is something that EVERY American can get behind! After over 200 years of politicians disregarding the Constitution to take over and run every part of our life, we need to get back to our roots. Our various government entities now confiscate more of our earnings than we are allowed to keep. True Americans don't think they were put on this planet to work to keep our government plush with cash for every stupid idea under the sun.

    Enough is enough! 2012 will be the start of the Second American Revolution. Incumbent Democratic politicians will become extinct because of their out of control spending and love of entitlements that are bankrupting this nation.

    April 8, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Michelle

    These people don't even know what they're mad about. Can't be taxes, because Obama gave us a tax CUT. Can't be spending, because Republicans (and Palin's buddy Ted Stevens) spent more on war and pork than Obama ever will. Could be health care, because heaven forbid we keep our populace healthy. Can't be guns, because they are also wrong that Obama is trying to take them away (would that he did!) I think this movement is a bunch of retired, weathy, WHITE government supported people who are afraid that someone younger might cash in on their benefits. And government growth? Get real...Bush grew the government to an astronomical degree...NOW they're angry? Bush tortured people...NOW they're angry that Obama is not? Bush gave away money in Iraq, with billions to his buddies and billions just lost. NOW they're mad about spending? Whatever. You guys can have Palin and Bachmann, Beck and Hannity. Just stay out of my neighborhood.

    April 8, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Bill Kane

    So, if you transition from a crowd of people four-square behind apple pie and motherhood will you finally tell us what you would do about specific issues? George Bush and Ronald Reagan were both for the same things you want..... but both increased the size of government and the national debt by huge amounts. Let's put some meat on the bone – besides repealing the new health care law (which, according to the CBO, is budget neutral) how would you solve the healthcare problems? How would you reduce the size of governement (and don't bother with "making it more efficient"-you know that will never happen; eliminate the welfare fraud – the welfare roles were cut by 2/3rds by the reform act passed under Clinton; stop sending money to foreign governments – less then 1% of the federal budget and half of it goes to Israel; etc.
    Its easy to be against things – and for broad concepts. If not now, by the fall you will have to start talking specifics, at which time we independents will be able to judge you.

    April 8, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Their name implies somethingf totally different fro what they are- revolutionaries.
    In the 1700's people fought for change for tyrannical rule and wanted a new way of life-including taxation for something.
    Move to today and you have a group of older white conservatives that want to go backwards. Less government – which would means taking away thier Medicare and social security benefits, lower taxes, which menas that all the road trips they take would be on unpaved roads, and a smaleer army which goes against most of their beliefs and far higher utility, gas and food priceswhich most can't afford.
    Can our politicans do a better job? Absolutely, but to say the fundamental of the system are bad is closed-minded. There is more to this country and any indiviual's world.
    In the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" they illustrate how we touch others lives and how we must consider the impact we have on others. It's time these poeple step back and think about others and not just their very small world.

    April 8, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Bill Kane

    So, if you transition from a crowd of people four-square behind apple pie and motherhood will you finally tell us what you would do about specific issues? George Bush and Ronald Reagan were both for the same things you want..... but both increased the size of government and the national debt by huge amounts. Let's put some meat on the bone – besides repealing the new health care law (which, according to the CBO, is budget neutral) how would you solve the healthcare problems? How would you reduce the size of governement (and don't bother with "making it more efficient"-you know that will never happen; eliminate the welfare fraud – the welfare roles were cut by 2/3rds by the reform act passed under Clinton; stop sending money to foreign governments – less then 1% of the federal budget and half of it goes to Israel; etc.
    Its easy to be against things – and for broad concepts. If not now, by the fall you will have to start talking specifics, at which time we independents will be able to judge you.

    April 8, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Adalbert

    There is no doubt about it that the teabaggers are extremists, just look at the signs and the weapons they carry.
    With a few exceptions, most of the teabaggers are the bottom of the barrel. Many are KKK members, rednecks, grade school dropouts and gun slingers from the gutters of our politics. And they are not grassroots. They are financed by rich right wing organizations.

    April 8, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Larry

    National Tea Party Federation (NTPF) How about "The White Annoying Teabaggers" or ( _ _ _ _ ).

    April 8, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. please

    Awesome, Free markets, how many of these tea baggers railed against NAFTA?

    April 8, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Eimerd

    If there was adequate mental healthcare , the Tea pary movement would be half it size.

    April 8, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Chas in Iowa

    So now after they have all these fringe radical groups on board they come out with a platform which very few of the teabaggers agree with. Most of the teabaggers have a single major issue with the governement of some sort whether it is health care, government overspending or whatever. some are just giving lip service to the latest GOP montra without even realizing what they are promoting.

    "fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets"
    English Translation;"Strip all departments from the government below the legislative level, strip all programs that support emergency services and support programs, and open up the markets so we can export the balance of our manufacturing somewhere where corporations can control the local labor force"
    These teabaggers move their lips but very few actually have a clue of what they are supporting. The right wing propoganda machine is working well with this group.

    April 8, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Doug

    Tea Party=GOP lap dog

    April 8, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Hugo

    The GOP and the DNC are mortified! Just think, it could be an end to the dysfunctional two party system. This could be the saving grace for our beloved Nation, an end to the two party system. Jesse Ventura once said, our system is only one party better than Communism, he wasn't far off.

    I love it!

    April 8, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Joe Smith

    Why not unite? After all, they all share that they are not patriots, not Christian, and not intelligent.

    April 8, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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