Tea Party leader: Tea Party 'is not a wing of the Republican Party!'
January 25th, 2011
04:10 PM ET
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Tea Party leader: Tea Party 'is not a wing of the Republican Party!'

Washington (CNN) - Echoing comments from Rep. Michele Bachmann, the head of the Tea Party Express insists that the Minnesota Republican's response to the State of the Union is not meant to compete with the official Republican response from Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

But Express Chairman Amy Kremer also emphatically told CNN on Tuesday that "the peoples' voices" need to be heard - and that the Tea Party "is not a wing of the Republican Party!"

Kremer's comments come amid intense attention being paid to Bachmann's planned response to the president's annual address.

An Express email, sent to reporters on Tuesday, blared out the headline: "Bachmann to counter Barack Obama – TONIGHT!"

Despite the hyped-up headline, Kremer insisted that Bachmann's Tea Party response is "being blown out of proportion" - and was not meant to take on Ryan.

"This has absolutely nothing to do with Paul Ryan," Kremer said.

It may not be personal with Ryan but there's no dispute the Tea Party Express wants to counter Obama's message Tuesday night independent of the GOP.

Kremer noted that she first approached Bachmann, either in November or December, about possibly speaking for Tea Party activists. The Express wanted someone closely aligned with the Tea Party movement to kick off its weekly broadcasts on TeaPartyHD.com, Kremer noted. She added that Bachmann's staff immediately liked the idea.

Kremer said that, when the idea was conceived, they did not know who would deliver a Republican response to the State of the Union.

"This has to do with the Tea Party movement, and our supporters – and who have aligned themselves with the Tea Party movement."

Kremer called Bachmann "an obvious choice," noting her popularity with Tea Party activists and her founding the first House Tea Party Caucus.

At the same time, the carefully choreographed Tea Party response is designed to send another message to lawmakers.

"Our focus is to bring conservatives to Washington. Not Republicans," Kremer said.


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • SOTU 2011 • Tea Party Express
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. John

    yes it is!!! if it wasnt then Rick Perry the Gov. of Texas WOULD HAVE BEEN VOTED OUT OF OFFICE AND NOT GOTTEN SUPPORT BY THE TEA PARTY. DID THE TEA PARTY NOT SAY WE NEED TERM LIMITS? OH YES THATS RIGHT WE ONLY NEED TERM LIMITS IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT!!! THE TEA PARTY NEEDS TO WAKE THE HECK UP AND CALL ITSELF WHAT IT IS....A FAR FAR RIGHT WING FACTION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! THE FUNNY THING IS MOST TEA PARTY MEMBERS CAN GIVE TELL YOU ONE SINGLE AMENDMANT OR ARTICLE IN THE CONSTITUTION. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THE ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE ARTICLE "TEA AND CRACKERS" IT EXPOSES THESE FRAUDS FOR WHAT THEY ARE, NOT TO MENTION THE FOUNDERS OF THE TEA PARTY "THE KOCH BROTHERS"

    January 25, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. TruthHurts

    Riiiight...and OJ didn't do it.

    January 25, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Amy Kremer, YOU LIE!!! If you're not a wing of the republican party then why do you caucus with them? I don't see any Tea Party democrats.

    January 25, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Sgt Schultz

    Wow...pictures are worth a thousand words. Not one person under age 50 in that photo and not a single minority. They look like the base of the GOP. No doubt about it.

    January 25, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Kremer must either be an idiot or a fool if she thinks the Tea party is anything other than an annex of the GOP.

    January 25, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. John Nehrbass

    BAD TASTE, REALLY REALLY BAD TASTE
    The Tucson memorial turned into a pep rally. The first clue was live TV broadcasting. The second clue were all the Washington D.C. politicians showing up for a photo op. I believe memorials are for dead people. It seems to me that Rep Gabrielle Gifford did not cooperate as we all know she is very much alive. The next fall back position for the D.C. politicians was the death of U.S. Judge John Roll; however it seems that he was hardly mentioned.

    What kind of a piece of slime would take advantage and con the grieving families, who are still in shock and deep in mourning into attending a memorial in a stadium stuffed with a bunch of strangers? This is a page right out of a funeral directors book on how to sell a $10,000 casket to a grieving widow.

    No politician, Republican, Democrat, Socialist or Marxist should be allowed to speak at a memorial. I include the president of a university as nothing but a politician who is appointed and not elected.

    Memorials should be attended only by the immediate family, relatives, and close friends who are there to offer their support to the families. The speakers should be limited toa a minister, priest or church leader who knows the families and to close friends of the deceased.

    I am sure that the families did realize soon that the were being USED, but they were frozen in place in the front row and in shock.

    You would think that after the memorial for Senator Wellstone, which turned into a political rally, they would have learned something. There main lost that election big time! So we are left with bad taste and stupidity, the inability to learn.

    January 25, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. NC

    CNN why don't you just waterboard us and get it over with. It's a daily drip of torture---Palin, Bachman, or the Tea Party.

    January 25, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. jay in denver

    Last time I looked, Michelle Bachmann was elected as a member of the Republican Party. You do the math, bagger.

    January 25, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Tom

    "we're not a wing of the Republican party" . Yeah, there more like the right testicle of the Republican party. right next to left and real close to the .........

    January 25, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. John Landosky

    Hmmmm..... Can anyone name a tea party member elected to public office that is not a Republican? That sounds like the definition of a subset to me!

    January 25, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Git Whitey

    Look at that picture! Is that what "Real Americans" in the flyover states really look like? Yeeeesh! Thank the Spaghetti Monster I'm one of the well-educated, high-cheekboned coastal elite.

    January 25, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. StringBow

    The Tea Party electees say, "We are not a wing of the Republican Party," but suck along with GOP party voting and GOP platform decisions and GOP ideas. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck, it is probably a duck!!

    January 25, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    You know, I ALMOST believe that she actually doesn't realize who pulls the strings. Almost.

    January 25, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. GaryB

    In past speeched, Michele Bachmann has proven herself to be either horribly uneducated, willfully ignorant, or intentionally dishonest. The fact that the Tea Party actually sought her out as a representative speaks volumes about them.

    January 25, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Hot Patata

    Wow. So when the Tea Party thinks, "We need a spokesperson with national credibilty and an effective public speaking record", they immediately go with a barely literate, for-profit-foster parent who can't spend three minutes on camera without straight-up lying? Honestly, is there anyone in this gang who can scratch their name in the ground with a stick?

    January 25, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. rs

    Sure it is. It is bought and paid for by the party, funded by the Koch brothers big oil, and its candidates (Palin, Bachmann, Rubio, ODonnel, et al) are all Republicans.

    January 25, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Dave R.

    That is because the Republican party is a wing of the Tea Party.

    January 25, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. jerseylou

    Tea Party,Birthers,Right Wingers,Tea Baggers,Nazi and KKK put them all in a bag shake well ,pour what do you get? Repubicans.

    January 25, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Lolo

    They know that they are one and the same. All they want to focus on is getting Obama out of the White House. Nothing else.These people are idioits who do not even know how government works and most of them are ont the government payroll. No one sees the rich folks out there making noise, only the poor folks. They do not understand that they are being suckered by the leaders of the GOP and The Tea Partiers. Just unbelieveable. Obama is doing a great job and they cannot stand it.

    January 25, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Marko

    Yes you are. An extreme radical right wing of the republican party. A wing that needs to do more research on what comes out of their mouths...before it comes out of their mouths.

    January 25, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Only the 18% of Americans with an IQ of less than a #2 pencil, believe that the tea baggers are an independent "movement".

    The rest of us know the baggers are the segment of the republiKKKans that have made racism and bigotry a "family value".

    January 25, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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