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. Duop, Colorado

    Tea Party or Tear the Public? I am an independent voter who can vote for any candidate of my choice. But wait a minute! Isn’t the party that is advocating for elimination of police, taxes, social security, severe reduction of our federal government, and all craps? Their winning in States’ primaries, by ousting Republicans establishments is simply a joke.

    I am not sure how this party can survive in national level that is why their candidates will have hard time to choose between running for the office of the president and elimination of the middle class. No worry, one way or another, the poor will punish these anti-civilization group(s) through voting process!!

    September 22, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Tim

    Sounds like "deja vous," doesn't it? Remember that Sarah Palin ALSO "suspended" all national media interviews after her disastrous one with Katie Couric. Apparently, looney Republican candidates are afraid to speak because they invariably say something stupid. Example: the "beheadings" in the deserts of Arizona, as proclaimed by their nutty governor r recently....

    September 22, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Jules

    A bunch of greedy people, spewing disdain, in a big bus, doing tours...what, don't these people have a job?

    September 22, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. sammieb51

    Anyone who's planning to vote for these candidates needs to ask the hard questions - HOW ARE THEY GOING TO CHANGE THINGS???? Aside from one-lines and sound bites, how are they going to change things?

    Secondly, why are they all running from the national media? Do folks not realize we are one of the few countries that has a thing called "freedom of the press" and that they are our advocates, however, questionable some of their tactics are, they can get us the information we need on folks we have no access to (ie political candidates). And these teabags are all running like scared ninnies from the press. WHY?????

    September 22, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. SayWhat

    How about calling it Tea Party Express IV: Knowledge and Reason are Roadkill.

    September 22, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. ingrid

    The Tea Party express captures a lot of the frustrations americans have with the economy....but what many of those who partake in the tea party movement seem not to realize is that they are voting people in who lack substance and are only speaking in platitudes; this is a movement that is fundamentally being backed by big business interest and moreover is being manipulated by powerful people like the Koch brothers who seek to dismantle many of the programs (social security and medicare) that many Americans earned and need.

    September 22, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Ato Stehen from West Coast

    No, Tea party should be renamed as Triangular Payday.

    September 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. beth

    How do these Tea Partiers find time to go on all of these tours. Obviously they are not working people.

    September 22, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. vic, Nashville TN

    Tea Party candidates refuse to answer

    But CNN posting this blog Shame

    September 22, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    tea party is real deal.

    September 22, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. brian in denver

    Oh boy...I can't wait for the Nut Job Express to roll through my home town!

    September 22, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. calvin

    To all americans vote out all the old and bring in the new. do not fall for the replublican and democrats bull shitt.

    September 22, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Throw the Tea Party into the Boston Harbor.

    September 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    The only detail I am interested in is a list of who is funding this!
    The sad thing is the TPers would not care. Most are so blinded by hatred and jealousy of the level headed, intelligent, educated man we have in the white house that they will vote against their own interest out of spite.

    September 22, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. g

    there candidates would last 10 sec, in other democratic countries like in europe-people are a lot smarter

    September 22, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. anagram_kid

    My take on the Tea Party members… This group seems to treat the constitution and the bible the same… They have never read either, do not understand the context, economy and culture of the authors and they just pick out the pieces that will justify their hateful and ignorant behavior. My question to them – how many guns would Jesus own?

    September 22, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Jay

    TEA Party = People too stupid to know they're trying really putting people in Congress that will further degrade their life by letting special interests and corporations continue to rule our lives.

    It's a shame that we can't fraction this country. There should be a progressive/liberal/left portion and a right/stupid/idiot portion. Man I'd love to see how they like living under nothing but corporate rule and "less government". Wanna give back that Social Security check? I didn't think so you stupid TEA Party idiots.

    September 22, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. ART

    If I ever see that retard bus in my neck of the woods I will be throwing eggs at it

    September 22, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    THE TEA PARTY = AMERICAN TALIBAN. No real difference, except that they keep proving the old adage about opening mouth and being proven an idiot instead of keeping quiet and being thought an idiot.

    The American people, hopefully, are intelligent enough to reject the party of NO IDEAS, OBSTRUCTION AND REGRESSION.

    September 22, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    I just saw the movie Milk...

    ...and as those before us who fought for equality and freedom for all, and who fought against masked bigotry, which today is called the Tea Party, we will fight and prevail, and in 15-20 years the Tea Party will be associated with the likes of Anita Bryant...

    ...a joke from the past that hurt a lot of good people.

    September 22, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. James

    CORRECT, The Tea Party Express was created by Republicans.

    he Media will not report that the first Tea Party was held in Boston in 2007 by Dr RON PAUL.

    It grew from there and then the republicans jumped on it because Americans hated them for what they and Im in hiding Bush did.

    The real Tea Party is made up of Americans from all walks of life.
    And they hate all Poloticans in both parties and that is why it was started.

    Tea Party Express is ran by a guy that is a Republican and supports only republicans.

    When you pick a side and support it over the best interest of the country, your a traitor.

    When are we marching on Washington and shutting it down.

    When, when , when, when?????????????

    What are we waiting for

    September 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. The Tea Party is another Koch Brothers Product

    Lets all thank the teanuts,hahahaha

    September 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Saddened Vet

    I wonder, are we witnessing the end of a Democracy?

    Liberty is based upon fundamental principles and not philosophies or policies. Principles, which are based on truth, are constant and timeless; philosophies and policies are variable and changing and are based upon theories, circumstances and opinion. Second, we must recognize that liberty is not free. It must be both earned and *guarded*. Lastly, we must realize that liberty requires public morality or virtue. The greatest, and probably most generally unrecognized, threat to our liberty today results from the gradual erosion of virtue. This decay has resulted from negligence and apathy on the part of many and from calculated attacks on the part of a few. The invasive roots of its opposing influences have crept deeper into the soil of our communities while we have slept, and in some cases, while we have been thwarted in our efforts to eradicate their causes. James Madison stated: "I believe that there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." When the policies and practices of the nation favor rights in exclusion of responsibility, and sanction vice at the expense of virtue, calamity is imminent. The impending consequences of the ruin of public virtue, which already cast a dark shadow across our nation, now loom on the horizon as a force destructive to our society, our government and our very peace and happiness.

    Has our country finally come forward and said, "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door.....BUT! Only if thy are Caucsian, and Christian?"

    I watch with disgust as our reputation in the world further slides into the abyss. A nation of Bigots we show the world, a Nation of Christians Extremists (as rabid as any other extremists in the Arab world), we show the world, A Nation of Bullies, we show the world, A Nation of Ignorance, we have shown the world. What happened to the Nation we were once proud to be a part of?

    Are our Forefather's turning in their graves?

    September 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. James

    Oh by the way.

    For those of you ignorant enough to bash all Tea Party members.

    Keep one thing in your small minds.

    50 MILLION MEMBERS AND GROWING

    September 22, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Robert

    They should find something beter to do than complaining. It seems to be that they have plenty of money and time.
    Crazy people who just are unhappy

    September 22, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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