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. Meggs

    This is like a church social compared to the unions and Acorn. You libs crack me up. If they were to match those guys they would have to teach people to vote twice, register dead people and beat up the elderly at political events.

    November 12, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. TeeParti

    Dick Armey: The Man who Bought an Election.

    How quickly it went from a "grassroots organization" to some millionaire calling the shots for the Tea Partiers. They're not even in office yet!

    November 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    "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,"

    ROTHLMAO – Yes – I for one always knew there was NO CONFLICT between TP & RP because they are the SAME!!!

    SEPARATE – ATTACK!!! – DENY – then UNITE!!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts did not have me fooled and there so-call VICTORY just took them further to the RIGHT!!!! And that is where THEIR BATTLE continues because in regard to………..
    Fiscal Responsibility… Uh, Obama already came up with a PLAN!!!
    Smaller Government… Umm, with "Fiscal Responsibility" comes Smaller Government!!
    Repeal Health Care… It’s NEVER going to happen because the majority of the American people DON'T want it to happen!!! We have spoken and have you noticed – Obama's "DRAFT to REDUCE the DEFICIT is also calling for the PUBLIC OPTION!!!!!

    So what is left for the RepubliCAN'Ts to "Compromise" on – DADT, Financial Reform, the Dream Act, Immigration Reform – that's right – all of the policies the Democrats and the MAJORITY of the American people have the lead on and we will fight to get it done!!!!

    T'sah is OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 letting the RepubliCAN'Ts know that they are NOT WINNING and they still have to COMPROMISE and make all of the above WORK under President Obama’s WATCH!!! Yes We Can!!

    November 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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,"

    Translation: "To convince the majority of you bewbz out there to believe batsh-t crazy ideological nonsense that runs counter to your interests as members of the poor and middle-class, but is wildly beneficial to the already wealthy and corporate America, is actually wonderful and actually works despite us having convinced you of it time and time again for the past several decades and it causing your wages to stagnate, your roads and bridges to deteriorate, your children to die in foreign countries, your savings and investments to flounder, the wealth gap to grow exponentially, YOUR VOICES TO BE HEARD LESS AND LESS THROUGH THE DIN CREATED BY CORPORATE INTERESTS. Yes...yes, my pretties, you will believe...and continue to believe, because you're addicts...and we're handing out bags of political crack and economic heroine."

    November 12, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. grrace

    Oh boy, if this isn't a cult meeting, I don't know what is. First, the code word "purity", and now you've got a special "oath," in addition to "trained volunteer activists," Also known as facilitators. Now we know where all the screamers at town hall meetings came from. Central Casting couldn't have done better.

    I just wonder how much $ these blokes are getting soaked for by the cultish Freedom Works/teaparty.

    November 12, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. keepstufingthis

    Yes conservatives, we must be united. As you read in these pages the tards are still just as demeaning, degrading and demonizing as ever so we know they did not learn from the last election. Still calling us names because their incoherant, inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president told them that hard working taxpaying citizens of the United States are "enemies" and he himself has told them they lost because he only made 54 speeches on health care reform. That shows how stupid they really are.

    November 12, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    The republicans are destroying themselves as they think their election was a victory. With all their generalities the public will get angry when they hear what they intend to do which will affect so many negatively! I hate them all!

    November 12, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. CBR

    I did note that those in charge of these Republican groups either have charges against them pending or they already received judicial sentences, etc.

    Armey, Morris, Limbaugh, and Gingrich – is the admiration for these men a good thing?

    November 12, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Fascist ideology will never dominate the American landscape."

    Don't fool yourself pal. It's already dominated the media because the only thing the media cares about is sensationalizing controversy. Well, guess what's most controversial (hint: it's riding in wearing the Amurikan flag like a diaper, swinging a burning cross like a battlehammer).

    November 12, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    Sooner or later it's going to dawn on all the Teatards (thank you, Sniffit) that they have been had. The GOP used their energy to get themselves elected, and now they will get nothing in return. At this meeting Armey was telling the new congressmen to not accept committee assignments if it means compromising their principles. Yeah, leave all those committee jobs, and their earmark authority, to the "real" Republicans. The tea party congresspeople will be used to publicly attack Obama and embrace all manner of absurd positions.

    The only thing that will be passed will be tax cuts for the richest 2%. After that, the best they can hope for is to see that none of Obama's bills get passed. Spending cuts? Deficit reduction? Dream on, Teatards!

    November 12, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Pretzel Logic

    Translation: Thanks tea baggers, now shut up and let the big boys go to work on screwing you over forever.

    November 12, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Marcus

    Henry Miller, Libertarian – Once in a while I agree with you and now it's one of these times. Conservative ideas for boosting up the economy (with numbers and facts to back them up) versus Liberal ideas to boost up the economy (also with numbers and facts to them up). Sit down ladies and gentlemen of the Congress (which number will be that one?) and try to reach some common ground, before the zealots and extremists (on both sides of the aisle) manage to shut down (or at least paralyze) the government, which is just THE worst thing that could happen for the common American today...

    November 12, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. carlos

    they are the tea movement, just like the ocean tides, in and out and up and down, no more no less.....intelligent people calls them that, not a party because they are not.

    Meggs, clearly you are referring to your inept, corrupt group of people called the republiCONS.

    November 12, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Adelita

    Sounds like wishful thinking Dick! The next 2 years will, if nothing else, provide some free entertainment.

    November 12, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Monster Zero

    The largest outing of Democrats from the House of Representatives since 1939...Historic, and yet the Democratic leadership remains to believe it was simply a poor delivery of their Marxist message. Maybe they should call up George Soros for some more free air time...Yes they did, and Sue just wait until 2012 with hyper inflation and see who speaks the loudest, now bring it!

    November 12, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    If Mr Armey's claim is true, then the Republicans have been taken over by the inmates. The looney-tunes that make up the Tea Party are not good for America. They are self-centered, self – absorbed and completely without concern for the rest of us.
    It sounds like politics as usual accross the isle in the land of NO

    November 12, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. kayla

    dick, ye are of your father the DEVIL

    November 12, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Jose

    Look at the people in the background. They know something is wrong, but they can't figure out what. These are some of
    the 30% who don't think for themselves, just follow rhetoric and propoganda.. Lemmings.

    November 12, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Kara

    The will of the american people? The majority of the american people DON'T WANT tax cuts for the wealthy that they will have to pay for, and the majority of the american people DON'T LIKE donn't ask, don't tell and want it repealed. So clearly the republicans don't give a rat's a** about the american people! And one would think CNN would report these facts.
    And by the way, didn't the tea party spend the last two years bragging about their independence from the republican party? What a bunch of lying self serving hypocrites!
    They're already disappearing up the GOP elephant's behind!

    November 12, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Kara

    I'll answer that one for Dutch monster zero. In their world, I'd be forced to bear a rapist's baby, My diabetic cousin would be forced to have a baby that might kill her, and my muslim friends would all be forced to convert to chrisianity.
    the tea party aren't about liberty or freedom, their about control and supremacy.
    The control and supremacy of rich white male WASPS over everyone else. In this they are much like other fascists in history, and absolutely nothing like the original boston tea partiers.

    November 12, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. King

    Hey you get what you ask for the repugs promise that the stockarket will skyrocket if the people pick the repugs because they say the repugs are friendlier to the rich dahh. The only problem is stocks took a nose dive from the two year highs as soon as they won just like it did when senator Scott brown won back in march. Some body forgot to tell the investers the repugs are for the rich, the problem is the investor know the repugs can't govern and they know

    November 12, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. GaryB

    Tea Party... The willfully ignorant doing the bidding of the wealthy and arrogant. I guess Tea is the new Kool Aid.

    November 12, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. George of the jungle

    dosent he mean that rich repos are united and will screw the middle class anyway the can.Nothing grass roots about this rich bunch of liers. Keep supporting them you tea baggers and you will end up out on your butts too. Why are you so down on the unions and acorn is defunct meggs. YOu are really ill informed but thats the trouble with you all same old tires remarks .Amazing how it gets blamed on thedemocrats when the repos do the same thing it is just fine. Dick and his thugs are a bunch of unpatriotic liers who have greesed enought palms to buy and election.

    November 12, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. ken

    Republicans=tea bags, tea bags = republicans, neither one knows what the hell they want, except complain about Obama.

    November 12, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. MEB

    Monster Zero – I see you conveniently left out Defense spending cuts as a step to becoming more fiscally responsible. Could it be that you, like Republicans, have no problem throwing money at wars to overthrow countries that are not a threat to our nation or stockpiling weapons that are worthless and obsolete. See the only difference between Dems and Repubs when it comes to spending taxpayers money is where to spend it. Dems tend to spend it on entitlements for the people here at home. Repubs tend to spend it on defense and entitlements for corporations and the super wealthy. The talk of small government is a myth. Our government has grown with each year since its inception. Not to mention, no one has been able to form a consensus of what small government looks like.

    Thomas Jefferson said that " Government governs best that governs least". This was, of course, before he became President. Once he became President, he expanded the role of government.

    November 12, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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