September 22nd, 2010
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Tea Party Express reveals details on new tour

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 The Tea Party Express is setting out for another bus tour culminating on Election Day. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)


(CNN) – Get ready for a fourth cross-country bus tour from the Tea Party Express.

The national Tea Party organization, best known for its three cross country caravans, and for recently helping conservative candidates such as Joe Miller in Alaska and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, scored upsets in Republican Senate primaries over establishment GOP candidates, says it will make a "major announcement" Monday about its upcoming tour.

But the press release Wednesday from the group did reveal the name of the trip: "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box."


A source with knowledge of the upcoming tour tells CNN that the bus trip will last approximately two weeks and will culminate on November 2, which is Election Day. The source says that the tour will end in Nevada, homestate to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who faces a challenging re-election this year. Tea Party Express has targeted Reid in its previous tours.

The Tea Party Express launched its first tour in late August of last year. That trip ended in nation's capitol as part of a large anti-tax "March on D.C." event that attracted Tea Party activists from across the country. The group held a second bus tour last autumn and launched their third in March with a large rally headlined by Sarah Palin in Searchlight, Nevada, Reid's hometown.

Earlier this year, Tea Party Express, which is based in Sacramento, California, also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads to help Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts, who upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a January special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat.

This summer, the organization helped the little-known Sharron Angle win the Republican primary in Nevada, endorsing her and spending about a half-million dollars on ads.

But not all the news for the Tea Party Express has been positive. Earlier this summer, the National Tea Party Federation, which seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, expelled the Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post one of its leaders, Mark Williams, wrote responding to criticism of the Tea Party movement from the NAACP. The story made national headlines and Williams later stepped down as spokesman for Tea Party Express.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. don't take the tea baggers for granted

    yes they are crack pots, but the Kerry campaign demonstrated that even the most far off garbage (swift boat) can stick to you in an election

    its sad but true

    September 22, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Dennis

    Don't you people have anything better to do with your time? GO AWAY...you do not speak for real Americans.

    September 22, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Debbie

    Will the TEA party be traveling on broomsticks?

    September 22, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Canuck

    Sadly, the dumbing down of America continues....

    September 22, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Marge

    ASny body that votres for a republican or a tea bag must have their head examined. How in the world can they trust the republicans who got us into this mess to begin with. How can they trust the republicans who at every turn have used the out of date rules still used in the Senate to block, deny and defy the bills and laws the senate is trying to pass to move this country out of the well the republicans threw us into.

    they are more interested in blocking and denying legislation to help the people of this country than they are in helping it. All they want to do is make sure the super rich and the big corporations who fund this republican party are protected and don't have to pay taxes while the rest of us are the ones who are really supporting our country. I say CONservative should be the dirty filthy word in this country because the are he worst bunch of anti- anything American I have ever seen.
    Why in Hades don't they leave this country and let us get back to "fixing their mess". The countries where the sent all our jobs would take them, like Mexico, India and China. Good darn riddance.

    September 22, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. OCMarc

    Yes Tea Party phonies – Honor the Constitution!

    Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    What a bunch of fake, distorted people this group is. And no I am not an Obama fan, just a Logical Party member otherwise known as Independent.

    September 22, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. DownTownBrown

    Tea Party Exress:
    Restore Liberty – Honour the Constitution*

    *except for the parts we don't like. In that case, change the constitution to reflect only our beliefs.

    September 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. j

    The party is financed principally by those in the upper tax bracket in an all-out attempt to keep the Bush tax cuts in place. It`s all about $$$$$, not "their" beloved country. Those at the rallys are told to park their expensive RV`s out of camera sight and catch a ride to the rally. The older folks are wealthy retirees who retired well and don`t rely on social security, medicare, etc.---- Most of the Tea Party candidates would like to phase out both forcing the "less fortunate" to literally fend for themselves. Their motto should be " Don`t tax you, don`t tax me-- tax that guy behind that tree"

    September 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. MarkieBee

    I hope the they get a flat tire and run out of gas...

    September 22, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. gt

    no party just canidates who have a back to basic values....we need a third party big time..

    September 22, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    one thing I have noticed about this Tea Party movement is that they are very good at complaining, but they are not good at saying what they would do if they were put in a position to govern. What answers do they have to get economy going? What will they do to brings jobs back? They are against ObamaCare, but what would they offer as an alternative? When you try to ask their candidates such questions they either dance around them or in recent cases just don't answer and take off running. Are they only going to talk to FoxNews if they win office? People right now are all caught up in the euphoria of the Tea Party..they may be sorry once they see what they are really getting.

    September 22, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. NVa Native

    Why does a candidate for the US Senate think he/she can blatantly hide from the media and therefore the public who is deliberating on who would serve them best, and only speak to and thru an overtly politically biased media outlet who caters to their base of support. This is not a game – running for the US Senate is extremely serious.

    We can only think the worst of a politician who does not allow people to ask him or her questions.
    I hope the people of Delaware will not allow this scam to work. Just think where we would be then – when no candidates would answer questions they didn't like or deem worthy?
    Disgusting.

    September 22, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. omgamike

    The Tea Party, I believe, needs to switch to a different type of tea, because the one they are using now, only tends to turn those who drink of it, into raving lunatics (i.e. Sharon Angle, Ms. O'Donnell, Joe Miller, Marco Rubio, etc.) Maybe an Earl Gray, or a Lemon Verbena, to calm them down, get them to focus a bit more.

    I seem to remember that Americans, unwilling to put up with the tea tax (or, in this case, the wacky policies they are promoting), threw a shipload of tea into Boston Harbor.

    Just a thought.

    September 22, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Obama thinks the solution is government, but he's wrong

    Fantastic news. Can't wait to join them. Like Christine, its not a matter of us taking back our country, IT IS OUR COUNTRY.

    Can't wait till November 2 to Fire Pelosi, Reid and Obama is next on the list in 2012. Defund the big Government and Control agenda that is broken and bankrupting our country and our children's future.

    September 22, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Four and The Door

    "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box."
    ______________________________________________________
    I can't wait for "Tea Party Express V: The Victory Lap "!

    September 22, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Disbelief

    Want to spread lies? Drive a bus around the country!

    September 22, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I guess these folks have nothing better to do with their time..and looks like all the tea party candiates are pulling a s.palin and dodging the media..i guess it is true that none of them are ready for prime time !!! and like they say if you can's stand the heat, get out of the kitchen !!

    September 22, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Volume Booster

    Whatever you do – sane Americans – DON'T drink the kool-aid that these clowns will be handing out. It's spiked – with fear, hate, and vitriol.

    But DO go and enjoy the dog-and-pony show that these tea-turds will be putting on when it comes to your town – because that's all they have is smoke and mirrors. No solutions to the problems that the middle class is facing today.

    It'll be nuttier than Skippy, Jif, and Peter Pan – with a little Planter's on the side!!!!

    September 22, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Thersa

    Don't these people ever work?

    September 22, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. kakaraka

    Good thing for democrats. Tea parties will show their hate and say nonsense statements that will distance independent from them and republican party. Go Dems. Thanks tea party for divising the party of no.

    September 22, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Jersey Bob

    The slogan of the Tea Party Express sure brings new meaning to the phrase "Taking liberties." Their translation (with the help of Dick Armey and his corporate backers....) of the collective but diffuse anger of many people into a fear-and-loathing movement without defined programs, goals, or solutions... takes liberties. Elect their candidates and the anti-constitution policies of the previous administration will seem like, well.... a tea party........

    September 22, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. cjr

    take pictures of all who attend these little events – get names and publish pictures and names in local papers – face book etc.- bet that will slow down some of this crazy stuff – how would you like pictures of your parents /grandparents screaming racist slogans. all over the internet -

    September 22, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Dale

    Tea parties are for little girls with imaginary friends..

    September 22, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    Billionaire Koch brothers of Koch Industries money at it again, trying to undermine democracy in the name of Greed. Ain't America great? We have honest to goodness Supreme court sanctioned terrorism.

    September 22, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. gg

    Brown shirts on the march. A sickening display of anti-Americanism. NO MORE REPUBLICAN FASCISM.

    September 22, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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