April 8th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
5 years ago

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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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. TOMMYBOY

    Americans against Americans, the new Taliban coming to homes near ya! Sad but looks true.

    April 8, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Larry

    The Tea Party is a LOL joke ...

    Get real jobs people ...

    Help support this great nation, and our great president, instead of finding ridiculous reasons to try to tear it down ...

    April 8, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. cony

    The South will rise again. Beware of these nut jobs. Racism is their Opium.

    April 8, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Bob Dog

    I wish the "Tea-Party" folks all the success in the world!

    Their success will mean the right wing wackos will be split into to pieces.

    Yea Tea party!!

    April 8, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Capt. Snarky

    You progressives keep dismissing the Tea Party, Keep denigrating those actively participating. Your ignorance to their purpose is just fine with them. It WILL bite you in the *ss, though – count on it!

    April 8, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. LouAz

    Just WHO pays for the fancy $300K buses ? Something smells with this "grass roots" tour. It seems to have all the organization typical of some Rock Star or Rock Group Tour. Those type of Tours have been reported as being very expensive, but most make lots of money. Is that what this TP stuff is about . . . making money ? I'd like to invest in the T-shirt concession. What Wall Street firm should I contact ?

    April 8, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Carlos

    I wonder...would the Tea Party support the Confederacy over the United States of America?

    April 8, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Carlos Lopez

    They are doing what. Getting ready to be rude and nasty. That is all they do they do not know how to act in public.

    April 8, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    "United" in politics often means "homogenized" as well, a general watering down of each sub-group's message and intent.

    Good luck, folks!

    April 8, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. vgal

    Wow – amazing. They are building a bureaucracy? I suppose this National institute will have to have funding and provide rules and expectations? Hmmmm.... sounds very anti-tea party to me.

    April 8, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Kate S

    Let's hope they can correctly spell the words of their 'unified message'.

    April 8, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The Tea Party is NOT a grass roots movement, CNN. CNN is a news station, and should do some investigative reporting. Its not that difficult to find out who is behind all the hoopla!

    April 8, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Chris

    The Tea Party is an interesting group(not a party). A group composed primarily of MAD White people. LOL !! Oh and there are the few sprinkles of confused Blacks that are no better than Palin looking for an opportunity for celebrity. Humm I guess I shouldn't be that mad at them(blacks) because they are getting over on White people for a change and god knows they have done it for years against all the various minority groups here in the States!! LOL

    April 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. shamgar50

    Just erect a burning cross. They'll all show up.

    April 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Jessica

    These people don't make sense to me.

    April 8, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Gary

    NTPF. Maybe they should just keep their old initials "KKK". It's easier to spell.

    April 8, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. MN voter

    Apparently these folks do not have jobs? I'm sure they turn down any government help.
    And colonists continued to pay taxes – they understood the need. But history lessons are just boring. Tea partiers would rather be ignorant, loud, and regressive.

    April 8, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Tom in Va

    So the circus grows from one ring to 3.

    Great.

    April 8, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    The president, I guess, of the "teabaggers" was on Letterman last week. She looks like a fifth grade teacher but don't let that fool you. Two prospects for possible presidents in 2012 "her hero" dimwit from SC because he is a real conservative and she likes the quitter from AK but doesn't know enough about her!!! REALLY!!!!!!!!??????
    She wasn't too clear about the birthers or whether she is one but she know that the President has spent a LOT of money hiding his education! They run on getting rid of welfare (probably doesn't realize that approximately 60% of welfare recipients are white not black).
    She got involved because the country is going to wrong way but only in the last couple of years. Dave did press her on the government waste of money going into Iraq. She still thinks there are WMDs.
    Needless to say, she, like the rest of them, is clueless!!!

    April 8, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Tori in Texas

    Yea, OK... Good luck herding those cats.

    April 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. A. Smith, Oregon

    With the Fox News network Anchors Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reily and Sean Hannity constantly fanning the flames of hatred across America, all attempts of the Tea Party to unite America are as tripe as statements that the Confederacy attempted to unite America and the Ku Klux Klan attempted to unite America. It's the same old tired message of hate wrapped up on a Media News network wrapper.

    April 8, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Rethuglicans

    These are such disgusting fox news brainwashed bone heads, it's unbelievable. The term liberal scares them but the term tea partiers just make me want to puke. Tea baggers, what a joke! I would love to see the educational level most of these members have.

    April 8, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Party of Palin

    Sarah Palin's fan club unite's.

    April 8, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Jay

    T-baggers: aka - irrational lily-white racists, tax-dodgers, homophobes, birthers, ignorant gun-loving reactionaries, toothless and obese fans of big insurance companies, and far-right religious wingnuts clinging to fairytales of humans and dinosaurs living together just outside Eden. Yes, good luck with unifying this crowd on anything other than a blind thirst for delusion and hatred.

    April 8, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Jeff in Virginia

    Where is the mention of the billionaire David Koch's funding of the Tea Party "Movement", and the involvement of his conservative Americans For Prosperity?

    The way it's presented here, it looks like the Tea Party Express is being funded out of no-where. Tell the truth, CNN.

    April 8, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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