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. lynn

    It's not like the weathly dug ditches to make their big bucks. Just more Murdock types out there, stealing from the working class.

    October 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. RG in NJ

    Sure, tea baggers are all rich. Class warfare started 30 years ago, it's just now thatthe side that is losing is getting involved. Tell your Koch Brothers to dig deep. I refuse to use any Koch Brothers products.

    October 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Il rkn

    Yeah let's listen to the group that never went above ~30% approval rating EVER.

    Seriously, she just straight up bragged about taking America hostage by having House members sign those unAmerican pledges.

    I say 'unAmerican' because it is unconstitutional to have 1 group of people deadlock the majority of America unless their demands are met.

    Dirty Teahadists.

    October 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Bill NY

    Ms. Kremer needs to wake up! Class warfare has been waged against the middle and lower classes for the past 8 or 9 years. As has been said before: the wheels seems to be coming off the Tea Party Express!

    October 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. John Dizzle

    I accuse the new Tea Party Express Chair of hoarding all of the Twinkies.

    October 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. razer

    Can't hire people if there is no demand, no demand if people have no decent income or jobs. Trickle down economics don't work so what is the answer? Class warfare isn't quite the issue, the missing Middle Class is.

    October 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. DC Pat

    Let's get it straight, cake-face. Class warfare was declared by the rich LONG ago. CEO's pay to average worker's pay in this country is 475:1. That's insane, and the disparity between rich and poor is why were in deep crap right now.

    October 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. HenryB

    Lord, this lady is ugly. Both physically and ideologically. Talking about Cain in these glowing terms when he tells people to look in the mirror when they don't have a job. And blaming the Democrats for not cooperating with Republicans when they take their position and talk about not compromising on their principles. The problem with Democrats is that they are just plain COWARDS who are too afraid to stand up to your ugly face and ideas.

    October 6, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Bill

    Yes Ms. Tea Bag, the Republicans will be blamed. They have done squat to help this economy.

    October 6, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. roro

    Is this woman for real? Is she a millionaire? Why would she object to a surtax on the wealthy? And if anybody is waging class warfare, it is the Republicans who are protecting the wealthy. The idea of the middle class waging class warfare is absurd. The middle class is the class the war is being waged AGAINST. Why does the Tea Party continue to back policy that is against their own best interests? Surely they're not all millionaires and billionaires!

    October 6, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. tekstep1

    This lady looks excatly like I thought she would.

    October 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Clyde the Slyde

    Of course, asking wealthy people to pay the same rate as poor and middle class is...is...un-American!

    October 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. John in Brooklyn

    For a movement that calls itself independent, it certainly the Tea Party is sure taking its talking points form the GOP. So sad that a populist movement geared to keep government off the backs of the little guy and minimize taxes on people who can't afford them...is now turning into a mouthpiece for the ultra-rich Wall Street bankers.

    October 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Turtle52

    Corporate America has had a major tax cuts for the last 8 years, where's the jobs??
    Do away with EPA and government regulations, I guess you are or will be a poor mother.
    I guess you don't mind your children breathing toxic fumes and drinking polluted water. Fresh
    water is dwindling in many countries, water will become the new gold in the future. We need to
    protect ours, it is our gold reserve.

    October 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Just Saying...

    It was the Republicans that declared war on the country (give them 4 more years and they will complete the destruction of America they began with Reagan and then kicked into high gear with the Bush 43/Cheney gang of war criminals) and it was the Tea Party that declared war on common sense. I don't particularly like the Democrats but they are merely misguided. It is the GOP that are the traitors.

    October 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. ja

    the tea party is a true threat to national security, and look who's crying

    October 6, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. JDT

    Is this woman Rosie O'Donnell's long lost sister?

    October 6, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. kilinoecam

    It is class warfare to try to repeal universal heath care. The rich don't need it. They can afford health care of their own The middle class, and working poor on the other hand cannot afford health care on their own so manage their health care in the Emergency Rooms of our nation COSTING US EXTRA TAX DOLLARS. It will be more cost effective (that means it will reduce our deficit) for all people to have access to preventative health care instead of emergency room reactive care. The Republicans want to perpetuate the NUMBER ONE CAUSE of BANKRUPTCY in our country: having the lack of foresight to get sick without insurance. So, which is Class warfare? To ask that ALL people pay their fare share of income tax or removing the one hope all people have of securing health care insurance?

    October 6, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. KP

    "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.

    If that is the case, then why do Republicans keep blaming the President for the high unemployment rate? DUH!

    October 6, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    This lady looks like the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

    October 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Florida Joe

    I hope it's this chunky Goth chick that get's the surprise on the first Tuesday in November 2012. She has no conception of the words responsibility for your fellow human being and equity and Christian values. How else to explain defending the wealthy from an appropriate contribution to the society that they depended upon to achieve their wealth? Call yourself Christian, moral? You are anything but those.

    October 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Big Jilm

    And why would you care, Tea Party Puppet Master? I thought you were standing up for the middle class? Corporate schill! You believe in socialism when it's dealing with your company loss. GOP/Tea Party = socialize your losses to the middle class but privatize your over-inflated profits while you give yourself 400% raises while moving your headquarters off shore to get out of taxes. Tea Partiers are traitors!

    October 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Lucullus NYC

    Some should ask this over fed sow if she considers the jack boot right's claim that the unemployed are lazy and living the good life on the government teat is class warfare. We know the answer to that, having never missed a meal I'm sure she believes that the hungry are hungry because they're too lazy to eat.

    October 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. _ian_

    diet and exercise. Looks like she'll be in dire need of Obamacare any day now.

    October 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. lgny

    This is soooo silly.

    Class warfare is when people guillotine the rich, seize all their assets, exile them to Siberia.

    It's not when you ask them to pay 5% more.

    Let's stop the hyperbole and get back to negotiating a way out of our financial mess.

    October 6, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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