August 28th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
12 years ago

'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - They're angry and not going to take it anymore. And now they are doing something about it – again.

On Friday, the "Tea Party Express" group will travel cross-country on a bus tour starting in Sacramento, California and winding down in Washington, D.C. on September 12.

It's at that point, the group notes, that a three-day march on the nation's capitol will take place to protest the country's rising deficit and fear over taxes being raised.

The tea party movement gained momentum this year as several parties were held across the country this summer to protest President Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plans, among other things.

On July 4, nearly 2,000 advocates - toting signs and chanting slogans - rallied outside Congress. Activists said the TEA Party Day - an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already" - was in response to what they called runaway government spending.

But now, the focus is namely on health care reform – a key issue that has created the spark for a bigger, wide-encompassing debate throughout the country and in Congress.

"What brought everything together was the Obama-care idea, which contains every odiferous objection," Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams said Friday. "Is it health care? [Ted] Kennedy care?"

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. 60's survivor

    based on lies and fears...a house built on sand will surely crumble into the sea

    August 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. sissy

    Where were they when Bush was spending trillions needlessly on a "war of choice"? Where were they when Haliburton and other Texas businesses started enriching themselves at taxpayer expense? Where were they as the rich got richer and the poor got poorer? Where were they for the past eight years? Seems like the conservatives only complain about big spending when the benefit is going to the average hard-working American.

    August 28, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Southern Gentleman

    Nothing but a bunch of hippie/commies who dont want to pay taxes.

    August 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Wheres Waldo,I mean Elrushbo?

    Dick Armey,another wannabe cowboy from Texas,[that other country],with his gang of people who work for the insurance companies,and have been told to march or look for another job.hahaha

    August 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. randy

    The silent majority has come alive. The people who pay taxes and make this country run off of there hard work. No more sitting around and letting a bunch of criminals give money to the leeches of society. Tired of seeing people with 4kids by 4 dad buying drugs with our tax dollars. God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. FJ Morris

    The pro-healthcare buses will be in DC about then as well. I hope they wear bullet-proof vests since these right wing nutters are probably armed and god knows unwilling to let other people have differing opinions.

    August 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Nagudcm Sugna

    Change all those red t-shirts to blue Obama or ACORN t-shirts and they would be call Americans expressing their views. But... watch the liberals start the name calling.

    August 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. chuck Tulsa

    Our country does deserve better.


    August 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Independent Voter

    These right-wing extremists are so pathetic. They have no idea what they're protesting and if our President was white, they wouldn't be doing it! They are so transparent, they have no reason to hate Obama except for his skin color. They are absolutely clueless and without common sense. But the saddest part is they actually think they're making a difference.

    August 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Concerned

    Who's paying for this? They are wasting gas. Are the taxpayers paying for their days off? Are they using annual leave? Is the bus driver donating his services and will he show this on his taxes? The money they are spending could help a homeless person eat and have shelter. Will the PAC provide the American people with a itemized statement re: this journey? Is Mark Williams paying his own way or using the contribution money?

    August 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Idiot_Pelosi


    See if you DUMOcrats can figure that one out

    August 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Farrell in Houston

    Before these people go marching around the country they need to research and read how our countries monetary value is under attack and why government spending is necessary. Is there anybody out there that does their own research for the whole truth and not let politics influence your intelligence.

    August 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. John in WV

    Where were they 8 years ago?

    August 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. John

    ho hum..... get a life.

    August 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. David

    Just some rich people who can affored to take that much time off of work to protest increased taxes on the wealthy. The rest of us will still be working...let us know how it goes.

    August 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Right-wing slime. Where were these selfish nuts when Bush was president and running everything into the ground? I say we round up these dirtbags and throw them in jail for treason.

    August 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. John A. Worth

    boring..... tired of this non constructive blathering....

    August 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Minnesotan

    Our own delusional right-wing-nut, Michelle Bachmann, had a town hall meeting and people were very upset. "Why do you persist on distorting the president's plan?" asked Ilya Gorodisher, 46, of the Stillwater area, accusing Bachmann of "stretching the truth to the point of lies." That's the entire point of the Republican party: Lie about health care, or anything else that will fix the mountain of problems the GOP caused while in office. Personally, I trust the government a lot more than I trust the for-profit HMO's, Insurance Companies, Lobbyists, and Politicians who are spreading the lies.

    August 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Chip

    There is no doubt that comments about tea baggers, right wing nut jobs, whackos, nazis, swastikas etc, etc will appear on this ticker.

    Apparently the 9 trillion dollar deficit that Obama has racked up is of little concern as long as we can get 'health care'. That number's just a drop in the bucket when you start adding cap and trade and all of the other mostrosities the clowns in Washington are now proposing.

    When reality hits, many are going to really be bummed out.

    August 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. katiec

    Don't these people realize how much the extremists, lobbyists and big business are using them?? How can they be so blindly led?
    How can they justify their actions when the last eight years almost
    destroyed our country??

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh good grief - another round of nonsense and stupidity. I have never seen so many temper tantrums from supposed adults in my lifetime.

    That the GOP is entirely leaderless has become abundantly clear. Are there no adults in this party that can control the over grown cry-babies we the majority must cope with month after month?

    What an embarrassment the GOP has become.

    August 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Debra R

    What a great country that we can protest peacefully with out worrying about violence and arrest! You go guys. Get those greedy pigs out of our pockets!

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    Our country does deserve better than mindless opposition, nay saying and fear mongering. Unfortunately that seems to be all we're getting from the conservatives. I'll stick with forward motion and Obama.

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Nick

    Let me try to explain things, Tea-Baggers ...
    Because of failed Republican policies, the economy was in free fall. People were not spending money, which further damaged the economy. So Obama had to inject tax payer money into the economy to keep it from completely coming off the rails. Now, things are starting to look up.
    There's your lesson. Think about that before you hop on that silly bus and make fools of yourselves from coast to coast.

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Doug

    Having seen a rally in Bremerton, Washington while on vacation, the group of about 10 – mostly seniors? – had signs, etc. The most interesting part of the 5 minutes I observed the event was the comments of individuals passing the group of protesters. The individuals watching the group shared comments like – wow they are all eligible for medicare – don't they know their healthcare is currently funded by the government. All 10 were white, over 65 and alone having attracted maybe 5 onlookers.

    August 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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