November 8th, 2012
10:42 AM ET
6 years ago

LaTourette: Tea party response to Romney loss is 'crap'

(CNN) - After some tea party leaders blamed Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election on his lack of conservatism, Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderate Republican who announced his retirement in July, offered sharp criticism to their reaction.

"There's a one-word phrase we use in Ohio for that: Crap. That's nonsense," LaTourette said Thursday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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The co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Jenny Beth Martin, said Wednesday that Republicans nominated a "weak, moderate candidate" who was "hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country club establishment wing of the Republican Party." She added the "presidential loss is unequivocally on them."

LaTourette chided various factions of the GOP, including the tea party, and attributed far-right viewpoints for the party's failure to make big gains on Election Day. Like other high-profile Republicans in the last two days, the Ohio congressman said the party needs to become more inclusive.

"The Republican Party cannot be a national party if we give up the entire East Coast of the United States and say we don't have any Republicans in New England, we don't have any Republicans in the mid-Atlantic states," he said. "We can't continue to dis the Latino voters."

On social issues he added that the GOP needs to "get out of peoples' lives, get out of their bedrooms." His wife, he said, is a Democrat who considered voting Republican this year until Senate hopefuls Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin "opened their mouth(s)" and made controversial comments about rape.

"We sent (women) running back to the Democratic Party because they think we're nutty," LaTourette said.

Describing himself as a centrist Republican-or what he called an "endangered species"-LaTourette said he's leaving Washington out of frustration with the increasingly partisan gridlock in Congress. He pointed to Capitol Hill's inability to pass small bills that normally get bipartisan support, such as the farm bill and the transportation bill.

"That lack of willingness to find common ground on the no-brainer issues really is what put me over the edge," he added.

LaTourette was the key Republican advocate for the so-called Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction and budget plan, which ultimately failed in the House.

Republican David Joyce won the House seat on Tuesday to replace LaTourette in Ohio's 14th Congressional District. Joyce, a county prosecutor, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that LaTourette considers Joyce to be to his right. However, Joyce is known to have friends on both sides of the aisle. He has also said he would support the Simpson-Bowles plan, and he opposes abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. And while he favors the basic principles of the tea party movement–less government, lower taxes–he told a local television station last month that "they may not want me."

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Ohio • Tea Party
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Wisen up, Republicans. Listen to this man - he speaks the truth!

    November 8, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Tommy G

    Hey CNN, who the heck is wroting these totally bogus Ticker story titles? What you have posted is totally false. Has CNN given up entirely on getting this right and accurate?

    November 8, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. janemp

    Exactly the type of Republican who should stay in the House! I do agree with his assessment: the fact that Aiken and Mourdoch–pure conservatives–cannot win a seat in the Senate SHOULD be a clue that a pure conservative can't win the presidency.

    November 8, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Facts don't Lie

    you want some cheese to go with that whine?

    November 8, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Data Driven

    This guy is aptly surnamed, lol

    But by all means, take a hike, moderate GOPhers, leave the GOP to the Cheeto-gnawing, bible-thumping freakazoids. That way, Dems can win presidential elections forever ... and ever ... and ever!

    November 8, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderate Republican who announced his retirement in July IS A RINO.
    There ain't no such thing as a moderate Republican
    The stance that the GOtP has taken in regards to their humiliating defeat Tuesday is proof that the party is dying
    They are going to continue to die
    The Republican party should die
    But I understand they need to go out fighting...after all...they ARE the Republican party

    November 8, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Data Driven

    This guy is aptly surnamed, lol

    But, by all means, moderate GOPhers, take a hike. Leave the GOP to the Cheeto-gnawing, bible-thumping freakazoids. That way, Dems can win presidential elections for ever ... and ever ... and ever!

    November 8, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The Republican Party has to learn to leave religion in the church, and deal with government issues, only, in elections.

    Republicans are far better on fiscal issues, than Democrats, but they lose on social issues, that are religious based, that most people do NOT care about, at all.

    Unfortunately, in the meantime, the economy continues to spiral downward, because we continue to have an anti-business President.

    November 8, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Max Lowe

    Yeah, that's rich.. "Mitt wasn't far right enough".. Ha,, how clueless can you get.. I thank the tea party for pulling the that party so far right that no one with a conscience could vote for them.. It was a repudiation of the Grand Old Hatred Party who thought they could wear their bigotry on their sleeve because they found other bigots to mingle with.

    November 8, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    The problem the republican party has is republican voters.

    Here in Georgia, they are all brainwashed by the fox propaganda network. Those I talk to have no idea that President Obama led this country away from almost certain financial collapse. They have no idea that he actually turned around devastating job losses (around 800,000 LOST per month). They only know what the fox propaganda network tells them.

    I suspect republicans all over the country are little different.

    November 8, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Moderate (read: "Traitor") American

    I am a centrist, with more conservative values than liberal, with a couple of exceptions:
    1) I believe that we need to engage (not bully or ignore) the rest of the world. It's far too late for isolationism.
    2) I believe that "small government" includes letting folks worship (or not worship), marry, date, employ anyone they wish, as long as this does not actually harm others. The "defense of marriage" fiasco is a lie. My heterosexual marriage is in no way threatened by my gay friends being able to get married.

    These simple differences from an otherwise right-leaning political profile automatically make me an "enemy" of these insane, hateful, bigoted, anti-intellectual extremists. Folks with very little difference from the Taliban.

    I hope that this election allows the Republicans to recalibrate their platform to one that belongs in the Twenty-First Century.

    Then, I may be able to, once again, vote Republican.

    Just my $0.02.

    November 8, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. 1twinsfan

    A sensible Republican – a dying breed.

    November 8, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Unfortunately for LaTourette, he is now going to be a pariah/RINO/whatever dopy term a centrist Republican is named and his days are numbered. Grover's army of fanatics have him in their crosshairs and he'll be drummed out as a traitor. That's an ironic point because it's the T-P'er that are the real traitors

    November 8, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Romney wasn't a weak candidiate. And he was the much better choice for the Office of President. But some days you can't make a Nickle. With all the mis-information put out by those leaning democrat not everyone can seperate fact from fiction. The problems facing the country now have to be delt with. The Question is, will it be delt with or just passed over.

    November 8, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. n

    There is an elephant in the room and have been there for the last 4 years and though he is of mixed descent, he is considered 100% African American by mainstream america of the right wing good old boys club. Here in which lie the problem with the GOP and the contributors to this article, They keep talking around the elephant like he is not even there. The tone, the disrespect, the slave mentality of the republican leadership towards this president is unprecedented and is only equal to past history treatment of any Black person to be the first in america to do anything normally considered for whites only . . . Case and point, Jackie Robinson, to name one out of hundreds. Just say it and be done with it. They can't get over the fact that there is a black man in the white house and he is their boss! Period.

    November 8, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. wjmccartan

    Well one thing for sure is that if the republicans continue to hold to their ideals, I can see the rise of a third party, that will try and find a central point that will maintain much of the republican stance but will also be open to new ideas to make America stronger. In the coming years saying your pro business, and deregulation of the financial sector, and then going to the extreme right of the bible belt. Well these are just nails in the parties coffin.

    The electorate is smarter than you think and this should have taught you that, and people remember attitudes and mistakes of the past. This was the last real chance of getting control of the government for the reds. They are going to have to change, and that's a good thing.

    November 8, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Patriot Awesome

    Listen to this man he speaks the truth. The Republicans can't keep running against reality.

    November 8, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. AZ Girl

    Amen brother! So what's wrong with being a RINO or a DINO? These are the people in the middle of the road that can compromise and GET THINGS DONE FOR THE GOOD OF ALL AMERICANS!

    November 8, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Calidip

    Glad he's leaving! It's people like him that are dragging out the demise of the GOP party. Once he's gone and the right-wing extremists take over, the faster the party will die.

    November 8, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. durundal

    you want to fix this problem? institute an ironclad standard in the media that does not allow for the mass broadcasting of willfully fictitious 'reporting' to get rid of all the talk show parasites and loudmouthed populists and their version of the 'news'. If you want to be able to mass broadcast your voice then you have a duty to do so responsibly because it has consequences. Since apparently this country lacks the moral fiber or intelligence to police itself, maybe the government should step in. Hows that for a hobbesian rant?

    November 8, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. AmericanPeasant

    Ha he called it for what it is right there. Ohioans know what's up even Ohio GOP. This guy is absolutely correct as well. The GOP should only blame itself for its insiders picking Mitt when there were several good candidates they could have fielded this cycle. The GOP establishment has gone off the deep end. This guy even supported Simpson-Bowles which would have granted MAJOR spending cuts. The idiot establishment GOP and Tea Partiers shot down big SPENDING CUTS just to spite Obama. Obama even offered to reach across the aisle and accept and sign Simpson-Bowles!!!!! The GOP is a sinking ship. It's time for the moderates and Libertarians to split and form a new party.

    November 8, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    When people decide to retire from politics, they feel liberated. GOP, take heed: if you can't keep out of every aspect of people's private lives ( provided they are not endangering others) you have no business calling yourself a party of small government. Be honest, and say you are the morality police who will check the temperature of the moral bathwater while ignoring the people who profit off of poisoning us in the name of so-called "free" enterprise. Admit you are the people who rival the Taliban in your fascination with women's virtue, while doing everything possible to prevent women from earning as much as men. Admit you are the people who are not the least bit troubled by healthcare costs spiraling out of control because you are too busy looking for non-existant voter fraud. Just be honest. Liberal are the people who want to work together as individuals towrads tacking our on-going problems: you prefer to ignore them unless you feel they const you money.

    November 8, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Larry in Houston

    after reading this article – this guy is listening to his wife – sounds like he might be a good husband – To be perfectly honest – he's right – the republicans contradict themselves, period . They really need to leave the "bedroom stuff" out of politics, or Out of people's Lives, oeriod. I mean, the biggest issue with them is church / church / abortion / abortion / what WOMEN Need To Do, What Women Don't Need To Do – this goes On, in the republican party, year after year, after year. You'd people are sort of sick of it, by now. C'mon people, it's 2012 – not 1912 .

    November 8, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Anthony

    Tea Party conservatives held their noses and voted for Romney, and he still lost. Unlike the 2010 election, when more Republicans turned out, in 2012 Democrats turned out too. The problem is not that Romney is not conservative enough. The problem is not that Romney really does not stand for anything. The problem is that Republicans are outnumbered. It is a matter of demographics.

    November 8, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. just sayin

    hey people,i got news for you. it doesnt matter. the democrats have now been given permission to continue their destruction of the country, just like they have run california into a giant hole. stupid americans want europe here, then give it to them. have government control everything, raise taxes to 75% and watch the greatest country in the world collapse under socialism. it is obamas plan. i hope you all enjoy it. poverty will be so much fun.

    November 8, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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