Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) – Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey used a Friday news conference for FreedomWorks, his leading conservative grassroots organization, to speak out against talk of friction between Tea Party members and the Republican Party leadership heading into the next Congress.
"For everybody in the press who thinks they've discovered a conflict, I'm sorry you missed the boat. The conflict is on the other side of the aisle," Armey said at the press conference following a two-day FreedomWorks retreat.
He said there is "no conflict," and instead said Republicans are united around one issue.
"To make this new Republican majority the most responsive majority to the will and the needs of the American people than that which we will have seen in our lifetime," Armey said.
The FreedomWorks retreat included discussions of how newly elected Republican members of Congress can advance the agenda of the Tea Party movement once they're sworn in.
About twenty-five newly elected members attended the closed meetings, including Congressman-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina, one of two Republican African Americans that will serve in the next Congress, and Senator-elect Mike Lee of Utah who was the only Senator-elect in attendance.
FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization based in the nation's capital. It helped train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organization behind the Tea Party movement. It also endorsed and helped get out the vote efforts for many Tea Party backed candidates this past election cycle.
- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report