November 12th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
8 years ago

Unity message from conservatives

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

Filed under: Dick Armey • FreedomWorks
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He said there is "no conflict," and instead said Republicans are united around one issue.

    United around the President Obama's failure.

    November 12, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA


    I thought conservatives were for lesser government, but yet everytime I look up, one of these fascists are trying to impede upon our freedoms. Such hypocrites.

    November 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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.
    Dick is of course speaking for the 3 million Americans which own $21.4Trillion of America's wealth. To the rest of us 305 million souls, the message has been quite clear: bug off suckers.

    November 12, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    "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.
    Hey Dutch: THAT is what Armey said! I saw nothing about Obama in his statement. You must work for MSNBC!

    November 12, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Another has been lurking in the shadows creating chaos and endorsing hatred.
    Way to go rethugs! freedom works is so up the teatards behind that they will never be able to pry them apart. Right now the rethugs are probably united on how to get rid of the half term and shut her and her idiot folowers down.

    November 12, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Is there any doubt that Dick Armey and the Koch brothers funded the most extreme religious fanatics of the Republican Party that became the Tea Party? Now, they need to rein in the monster that they created. It won't be easy now that the extremists have had a taste of power. The TP Gang have no clue what is in the Constitution, what it means, how government works, or that they have been used to help stir fear and prejudice just to get people to the polls. They want to be taken seriously and they've only been taken for a ride by GOP strategists.

    November 12, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Dan. Seattle

    Conservatives and unity= oxymoron. Teabaggers are united in spreading their un-American agenda disguised as conservatism." Lead by the head polarizer, Sarah Palin. Where is the discussion on fixing the economy and job growth.
    I bet Americans regret voting for these characters already, as we are beginning to find out. Two years worth of rope is enough time to give them. 2012 can't get here fast enough.

    November 12, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Right-Wing Dumb-ass uneducated fear mongering Republicans who claim to be Christians

    Ah ha. Another dimwitted rich white racist trying to speak for the majority of Americans. The Tear Pity Party consists of a bunch of uneducated, toothless and nameless racists from states that you have to get a shot and passport for before traveling there (I kid you not. Look up where most Tear Tea Pity Party morons are from). These idiots think they have the right to tell Democrats and Obama what to do. What a joke. We hate your guts and we will never agree with you, so shut up and get back to your one-room school house named after Sarah Palin.

    November 12, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Monster Zero

    If President Obama's failure equates to the failure of his own skewed Socio-Marxist beliefs of governance then bring it on now! I truly believe that both sides of the aisle have simply put the pressing issues that have led us to this economic decline repeatedly on the back burner over many years neglecting to initiate the harsh reality of true up simply due to voter acceptance. We now find ourselves in the need of fiscal tough love and a heaping dose for many of us to do without, that means cuts to entitlements that we have payed for over entire lifetimes as well as a massive reduction of the Federal workforce to decrease legacy obligations and payrolls. If we wish to regain our Nation to a condition of prosperity it is going to take sacrifice and that should commence with those in government taking the first bite!

    November 12, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Nostradamus predictions are being fulfilled, read them.

    November 12, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Rob

    Dick Army looks like a washed up game show host. Everyone knows what the tea party stands for and it is not for the good
    of the country. Trying to go back to the past using an evil agenda is a sign of mental illness.
    The Republicans have already stopped talking about Palin and the rest of the idiots who lost the elections for them. Karl Rove
    will succeed at hiding Palin so she won't mess things up. Too bad they don' t know they have only been used for votes.
    Now they will suffer with the rest of the middle class.

    November 12, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Kenneth Close

    Unity: Where? The first thing out of the box Wed. mourning by the Republicans was health care repeal. Did they listen to the people? It is back to us and them once more for another two years.

    November 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. IHTCF

    Second that Dutch. What a crock of....
    Get ready for destruction of this country come January.

    November 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. American

    Unity for All Americans, great!
    Oh wait, only for divisive Dick's "conservatives"...nevermind

    November 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Chase

    I just past by my local gas station and the guy had the stick raising the prices already. Thanks, republican voters, and
    democrats who didn't vote. Enjoying your tea?

    November 12, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. No Tea For Me

    Sure they're united because it is not January yet. Grab a bowl of popcorn because the tea party and republican circus arrives in D. C. in January. Where are the jobs, when will medicare and social security be abolished, when can I stop paying taxes? Remember you promised us jobs and no taxes.

    November 12, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Blanche

    Happy to send $$ to Dick. Anything to deflate the inept slacker we have in the White House. And your right – put your chin strap on because there are going to be collisions when they turn turn the lights on in January.

    November 12, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    These backwards jokers need to realize that the only reason they are standing there is the low Democrat voter turn out.
    This won't happen in 2012.

    November 12, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    This is what persists when good people stand by and do nothing.

    November 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. a in austin

    Who elected Dick Armey and Freedomworks – I don't recall their names being on the ballots, in the pocketbooks, yes, but not on the ballot.

    November 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Tom

    Fascist ideology will never dominate the American landscape.

    November 12, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Monster Zero

    Please tell us Dutch how these "Fascists" are trying to impede on your liberties? Do you mean like mandating what type of car you drive, or maybe what kind of food your kids can eat, or do you perhaps mean like upholding the Federal laws under our Constitution? Please Dutch, enlighten us all...

    November 12, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Sue

    Dick, the MAJORITY of Americans spoke in 2008, and will speak again in 2012.

    November 12, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Jessica

    Sorry Dick, Real Americans don't drink poisoned tea.

    November 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The first step in achieving unity on the "conservative" side of the aisle is ban discussion of that most divisive of issues, religion. The only thing that matters now is the economy–once that's been taken care of, then the religious nuts can return to their homophobia and trying to impose gestational slavery on American women.

    November 12, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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