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."

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    We don't tolerate extremism in foreign countries, why should we tolerate it here? The Tea Party is the American version of the Taliban. It won't be long until they start American Malalas.

    November 8, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. hilroy

    Here are the people who are getting a free ride while spreading their hate at the same time destroying the once great Republican party. The toxic and racist radio talk show host who keep scraping the barrel for more toxi and racist
    venom while calling themselves republicans. Savage,Limbaughs, Levins, Coultures, and many more under the radar. Having said that, this is not to show disrepect to the party or it's respected members some of who could not be doing a better job for all American. But the fact remains that this is a wake up call for the party. The party should move away from the extreme tea party and their racist sub culture and go back to the grand old party where blacks and others felt good and appreciated under the tent. Then ad only then can the party attract the best of America back to their tent.

    November 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    google : Anne Richards – she was the best thing that Ever happened to Texas – btw – after the ballot count – the local news here in Houston declared this County BLUE !!! Harris County IS BLUE !! google : Annise Parker –
    Austin has actually more dems, there, than Repubs – but the voter suppression here is terrible. Same way with San Antonio – If the republican employers didn't scare their employees to death with terminating their employees, IF they find out that they have Voted Democrat – there would be MORE People Voting Democrat in this State – I don't care if CNN prints this or not – but it's true, the voter suppression is Terrible here !! Just wait til 2020 – LOL – I mean, I can't Go Anywhere Without meeting Someone, and shaking their hands – saying to me : and I will quote : ""I'm a Transplant Also"" "From _ _ "

    November 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Tony

    Just sayin, funny you should mention California. Unless the Republican Party moderates and returns to the political center, it is heading for the same fate as the California Republican Party.

    November 8, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. plain&simple

    Who lives in the extreme? Extremists!!! Leave the tea party isolated. You want to be inclusive just not to unreasonable thinking. If there are 87 tea party members now in the house of congress....isolate them the nation and them you mean business! Vote with and bargain with the mainstream functioning members and put the crazies out there to defend themselves to there idealism!!!!

    November 8, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Damien

    I think a massive part of the problem is the Tea Party and its ilk are massively out of touch with a big part of this country, the people who live in it, and that we are more diverse now than in the 70's or 50's. When I really look at this election the other side almost felt like a 1950's Leave it to Beaver episode where when Mitt came home Anne had his slippers and pipe ready for him while a potroast was just finishing up in the oven.

    The myopic nature of that aspect of the Republican party has been their downfall, I think the inclusion of conservatives in our government is a good thing. Balance is required in all things in life, the biggest problem is they didn't want balance, they wanted the American public to bend to their whims.

    November 8, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Yuri

    They simply refuse to learn, don't they? This obstinate and intractably delusional grandiosity of the teabaggers hermetically seals them in an alternate universe. They need to shed their inane ideology and try to embrace some practical isues, else, they will continue to meet the same fate, because the headwinds of pragmatism will emerge as an inexorable force to reckon with. Nutjobs like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock have tried it and were jettisoned, justifiably.

    November 8, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The tea party has hurt the Republicans severly because with their "take our country back", back to where, we're going to move FORWARD along with the rest of the World. If the tea party wants to blame anyone, blame themselves because they couldn't compete with all those billionaire donors that pretty much said to them "either you put up or shut up" and they couldn't compete.

    November 8, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Dan5404

    This man hit the nail on the head. He is the kind of person that needs to constitute both parties....a man that may have different ideas from the opposing party, but isn't willing to throw the country away to extremism just to satisfy minority political ideology. Too bad today's Republican Party won't elect them right now. I do believe that attitude will change in 2014 if not before.because of the fiscal cliff, which the Tea Party and Norquist caused.

    November 8, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. R H

    Just saying, republican rhetoric lost this election, keep writing stupid hateful garbage. show Americans why their vote was correct when they turned their backs on 1950. The old white party of rich regressive bigots is dead. Long live America land of the free and diverse.

    November 8, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. tr smith

    just sayin:

    Booooooo-Whoooooo, cry me a river. Sounds quite a bit like sour grapes. And, as a repub, you don't list a single fact to support your childish claims – so typical. So keep whining while the rest of us celebrate!

    November 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. robert jay

    Not "nutty" – "STUPID" – How can anyone justify talking about less gov. and turn around and get into a womans issue / ehnic issues / create class warfare / engage in fear mongering / war mongering / intentional mis direction / ideology over caring / ignoring the impoverished while waging wars and rebuilding 3rd world countries while our country crumbles and then expect people of any level of common snse to follow them? Republicans as a party ormultiple parties as the case may be – are in serious trouble and I certainley applaud that!

    November 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Mark in Cleveland

    LaTourette is absolutely correct.

    November 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. just sayin

    >Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
    >We don't tolerate extremism in foreign countries, why should we tolerate it here?

    really? could you please tell that to rev. wright and louis farakhan? thanks.

    >The Tea Party is the American version of the Taliban. It won't be long until they start American Malalas.

    i didn't realize the taliban were in favor of a balanced budget and strict adherance to the constitution. learn something new every day. nothing religious about the team party. get a grip on reality.

    November 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. ny88

    To just sayin: I believe that for the past several years California had a Republican governor. It was the Republicans who ran California into the ground. It was G. Bush (a Republican in case you forgot) that ran the country into the ground.

    As for Congressman LaTourette, I'm from Ohio. I always voted for him and he'll be missed. I didn't care if he was a Republican or a Democrat. He wasn concerned about all of the people that he represented, not just the Republicans. He worked hard for all of the people he represented. When I heard that he was going to retire, I had a feeling it was because he was sick of fighting with the extreme wing of the Republican party and the extreme wing of the Democratic party.

    We are losing some very good Republicans like Snow and LaTourette. We're going to lose more if someone doesn't stand up and tell the Republican right wing extremists to sit down and shut up!!!!

    November 8, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Rep. Steve LaTourette is just what the Republicans need in their party. A voice of sanity try to hold back the increasing power of the right wing nutcases that have wrested control of the party from the mainstream members. I hate to say it but I will be sorry to see him retire.

    November 8, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. 2014 is Next

    The Problem, is not enough Dems turned out for the Mid Term Elections and let the Tea Party take over. The next 2 years will be a struggle and if we want to get anything real done in the next 4 years, we will need to fix that in 2014.

    November 8, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. bee

    What an ego..Yes, blame it on the elitest, which has some truth, based on the Superpac money that was suppose to buy the presidency. Missy, you need to get over yourself and understand that you aren't living in the WASP or WASC,WASE that this is a nation of all ethnic backgrounds, and all factions have to be addressed not just the folks in your little buble.

    November 8, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Mete Krop

    Mr. LaTaurette come and join the Dem. That is your party. Great job. GOP would be useles in the next five, ten and fifteen years.

    November 8, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. GetEd

    Dear Mr. LaTourette: Everything that the Tea Party does is crap. That's the kind of people they are. Time to understand that they are ruining the Republican party, and often the whole country (see the credit downgrade).

    November 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    What republicans did for the country for the last 12 years? Nothing! That is why I voted for Obama. I would vote for romney if he runs as independent.

    November 8, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. alryk

    What republicans did for the country for the last 12 years? Nothing! That is why I voted for Obama. I would vote for romney if he runs as independent.

    November 8, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Max

    The GOP is a dying breed...Why?

    It's just time for a YOUNG party, the GYP (Grand Young Party)...this is the Obama era Democratic party...they will be winning for a long time. This is surely not just mincing of words

    The Grand Old Party is a dying breed. These old folks in the GOP are simply living in the past of which they just can't let go...that's why they want to go backwards. The FORWARD moving party will always win in light of the changing demographics of the United States of America.

    This is no longer a so-called 'white man's country', if this was the case the 'FLIPFLOPPING' Mitt would easily win the election having the overwheming percentage of whites in his column. America was partly built on the backs of Slaves in African Americans, and they don't forget this fact...and will never do. Who built the 'White House'?. Latinos and African Americans do prove that they are now in a position to choose who our next president must be...AND THEY DID!

    So the GOP now is forced to admit that they need to include 'racial minorities' and especially the YOUTH of American in their party. Maybe they need to change the very name of their party to some other acronym 'like the GIP meaning Grand Inclusive Party in order to appeal to the young and non-whites.These demographics have now emerged as a force to reckon with, and the GOP better face this fact... If they don't then they will continue down the road of obliteration.

    Obama has brought to the forefront of American politics this great fact that 'America is a true mosaic of races and cultures' and not simply a 'white man's dominion'. This is one of the most revealing truth in America's 21st century politics...many thanks to the intelligence and foresight of President Barrack Obama.

    Bravo Obama!!!!!

    November 8, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Pam from Iowa

    The Tea Party turned many people away from the GOP – too extreme far-right, still living in 1950.

    November 8, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. just sayin

    >To just sayin: I believe that for the past several years California had a Republican governor. It was the Republicans who ran >California into the ground. It was G. Bush (a Republican in case you forgot) that ran the country into the ground.

    so it was one man that ran california into the ground? sure it wasn't going there for many years before he got there? and are you sure it isn't the unions and democrat controlled california house and senate?

    and one man again ran the country into the ground? sure it wasn't the democrat controled house and senate? i guess we must have adopted a new form of government that i wasn't aware of that granted the president the ability to create and pass legislation all by himself. can you provide some specifics of what exactly bush did to cause his long stretch of economic growth to come crashing down?

    November 8, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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