Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare
October 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare

(CNN) - Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer slammed President Obama Thursday for "playing class warfare" with the "millionaire's surtax."

The new tax on those with income over a million dollars a year was introduced by Senate Democrats to pay for the president's American Jobs Act. The President endorsed the measure at his Thursday news conference.

"There are a number of people that have signed these pledges that they're not going to raise taxes and they have no hope of getting it through," Kremer said on CNN's Newsroom.

She described the push as another stimulus that won't work and a way to "blame Republicans."

Instead, Kremer suggested cutting the corporate tax so that businesses can "start to have confidence in the system and go forward and hire people."

And when it comes to compromise, the tea party leader pushed back at the president's claim that the GOP has been reluctant to bargain.

"Republicans have put plan after plan out there and the Democrats say no," she asserted, citing "Cut, Cap and Balance," and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul entitlements as evidence.

"It is not Washington's responsibility to create jobs; it's the private sector's responsibility to create jobs, that's where the jobs come from," Kremer said.

Looking ahead to 2012, she named businessman Herman Cain as "the one to watch," though Kremer balked at giving him an out-and-out endorsement.

Her stamp of approval would give any GOP candidate a boost among the sought-after tea party vote.

"Herman Cain is doing a major thing right now," she said. "He's got a lot of momentum, a lot of people like him, he's a straight talker, he's a businessman and that's what people like."

But she also hedged her praise of the conservative radio talk show host who's been rising in national polls.

"I think that the field is still very volatile," Kremer said.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Herman Cain • Jobs • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. a in austin

    Enjoy your time with the TP – won't be long and tp will be history.

    October 6, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. BinFL

    These Tea Partiers are incredible...they just don't know which way to turn to go against our President. Now, they're defending millionaires...give me a break!! I remember when this "movement" first started they were supposedly so upset about Wall Street getting bailed out...well, aren't those the millionaires and billionaire CEO's that the President wants to pay their fair share. Also, she states that Repubs have put out plans but the Dems say "no"...talk about calling the kettle black. They are also trying to give their own version of the Ryan Plan which provided for getting rid of corporate loopholes which they now say they won't do because the President agres with that. This is all a game to these people and we will all end up suffering for it.

    October 6, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. New England Independent

    How can you trust ANY "grassroots" organization funded by the very rich? Tea Party good concept in theory but just like everything else horrible when applied.

    October 6, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. TomInRochNY

    News Flash: The middle class accuse the Tea Party of playing class warfare.

    October 6, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. barbara schiffler

    you are darn right this is class warfare. The middle class is tired of carrying the rich and the poor on our backs. We don't want your money, we just want you to quit taking ours. Pay for your own expenses and quit price gouging and taxing the middle class to pay for them.

    October 6, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    They're right. It's game on. The middle class has been beaten up for the last 30+ years, and has not thrown one punch back at the wealthy. Now that the middle class wants to fight back; yup, it's a fight. It's war. Call it whatever you want to call it, but it's game on. The middle class is fighting back like a beaten cornered animal.

    October 6, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Stacey

    Instead, Kremer suggested cutting the corporate tax so that businesses can "start to have confidence in the system and go forward and hire people."
    --------------------------------–
    This is an outright lie. Corporations have no intention of hiring anyone if they can get the job done with less people. The American people know better. It didn't work in the Bush era, and it won't work now.

    OBAMA 2012

    October 6, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. J

    Even if you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.

    October 6, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    You lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough said.

    October 6, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Chipster

    It boggles my mind that these middle class, hard working tea party people are so eager to defend the huge tax cuts for the wealthy at the same time we were fighting 2 wars, creating unfunded Medicare Part D & banning Medicare from negotiating lower prices, and bailing out Wall Street & the auto industry. How deep does that hole need to go before they realize that we cannot afford to continue giving corporate welfare and huge tax cuts to people who don't want or need them? Those cuts did NOT create jobs. They created more stock options & vacation homes. I think it's great for people to make money but the government provides important services like making sure our food is safe, disease control, disaster relief, national defense..... that takes revenue.....REVENUE! It the wealthy don't pay their share, it will come from the poor, middle class, and seniors on fixed incomes. Get a grip on reality!

    October 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Artsie

    My goodness, she looks like the female version of Limbaugh!

    October 6, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. BatMan

    WOW what an IDIOT TEABAGGER!!!!!! Let's face it America...if "WE THE PEOPLE" don't start backing the President the top 10% of this country will stay in the hands of the GREEDY and REPUBs ....LET's get TOGETHER and VOTE the SOBs OUT OF OFFICE NOV 2012.... STRAIT DEMOCRATIC TICKET AT THE POLLS !!!!!! SPREAD THE WORD......

    October 6, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    How dare the Democrats oppose our class warfare with their class warfare?!!!

    October 6, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Woah

    Looks like she's declared war on the Golden Corral buffet...

    October 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Scott

    Ruplicans are actually CONDUCTING class warfare. They're currently engaged in it while at the same time, accusing President Obama of attempting to engage in it. Funny too, because eventually, most Republicans will realize that they are not rich and begin to wonder why they're fight sooo hard to champion a cause that effects them in no way.

    All the major talk-show hosts that are so adament about "Class warfare", are making over $40 million a year. They get the base in an uproar, but after they sign off, they go hop on their jet, and fly off to their private home on the beach. While Billy steps out onto the crate, that he uses as a front porch to his double-wide, to throw a beer can on the rubbish pile and ponder how this _____________ ever got into the White house in the first place.

    Yep... Class warfare. Priceless...

    October 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Jim

    Now that she is bought and paid for by the Koch brothers one would expect her to say these things.

    October 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Betty

    No , Ms Kremer Obama's plan is not class warfare. What is class warfare are programs for the poor, Pell grants, small business loan programs being cut etc while the Koch Bros keep getting tax breaks.

    October 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Jeff in TX

    The Tea Party is in a visible state of decline. Latest evidence: Sarah Palin. Americans recognize that while some of the Tea Party has legit and useful stances, they are lacking in legit candidates, attract a ludicrous and now clearly unproductive and dangerous fringe, have somehow aligned themselves with a moral/social agenda that really isn't their core, and thus don't represent the middle of the country. Class warfare, eh? I bet that 95+% of the Team Party would not incur increased taxes because of Obama's proposal. It's amazing what the uninformed will do.

    October 6, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Dave

    Isn't that Mimi from the Drew Carey show? Or Chris Christie's fraternal twin?

    October 6, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. mike

    My god she is ugly

    October 6, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Me

    Instead, Kremer suggested cutting the corporate tax so that businesses can "start to have confidence in the system and go forward and hire people."

    Stop with the same old BS! This doesn't work. America is not taking in enough money and you suggest we take in even less? What the h e l l is in that tea?

    October 6, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Bill in Florida

    That woman is one of the ugliest I've even seen - whoa-scary!

    October 6, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. jamison

    When asked if they would give $1 in taxes for $10 in cuts they all said no. The GOP is bent on making Obama fail, but their ploys and games will backfire on them. People on not dumb. They see what is going on and will strike back at the GOP on election day.

    October 6, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. HenryB

    No, Amy, It is you tea baggers that are playing class warfare. Specifically warfare against the middle class and the poor, and the sick, and the down trodden. To you and your ilk they are all just lazy people who are eating off the trough of the government. Actually, much the same as those big oil companies and banks that want to make sure that the middle class is there in name only.

    October 6, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Bryan

    "Cut taxes!" – Republicans
    Taxes get cut.
    "Cut taxes again!" – Republicans
    Taxes get cut.
    "Cut taxes again!" – Republicans
    Taxes get cut.
    "Cut taxes again!" – Republicans
    Taxes get cut.
    "Cut taxes again!" – Republicans
    Taxes get cut.
    "Undo some of those tax cuts. The middle class and poor have been suffering for years, and the economy is in the tank. Share in helping to fix it." – Obama
    "CLASS WARFARE!" – Republicans

    End of story.

    October 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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