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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  1. Chandler

    Why weren't these people protesting the $1.2 TRILLION that Bush gave to private insurance companies in 2003?

    August 28, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. rr

    Democracy in action: Code Pink, Tea Parties, etc.

    August 28, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    Oh good – mobile tea tantrums for the recidivist right.

    August 28, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Brent

    Wonderful...the ignorant and uninformed are taking to the streets and protesting against imagined fears. These are some of the most uniformed people in the healthcare debate, but of course, they are also the most vocal. Conservative operatives have whipped their feeble-minded drones into a frenzy and unleashed them upon the world to spread fear and misinformation.

    August 28, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Shoreline

    This Tea Party crew is definitely proof that we stricter enforcement of our incest laws.

    August 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Jacqueline

    I just don't get why the people on this website don't seem to care about what O'Bama is spending...on Healthcare and everything else. None of us like what Bush was spending, but O'Bama is quad-droopling it (or however you spell it). Maybe the one's who don't care can pay for most of it...and the one's who do care...just pay for what is right and fair.

    They seem to forget (or not want to admit ) the DEMS were a HUGE part of getting us into this economic mess (they were in control since 2006 and the housing market crash was caused by the lack of Fannie and Freddie Regulations from the Barn, Chris and Waters brigade). George W. and McCain did warn and was ignored).

    August 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    yeah when Bush was president these folks just sat back and took whatever was given to tea parties then were there? Yet Obama has become president and it supposed to fix it in 8 months. All this anger is just a response from those on the right that are still angry that they are no longer in power, and even worse some that will not accept that their president is no longer one that, shall we say "looks like them". If that wasn't the case then there would be no racists signs that show up at a lot of the rallies. I too don't like high taxes, too many taxes, but it's not totally the fault of the current adminstration. If these tea parties had started last year or the year before they would have more creditability in my opinion.

    August 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Where were all these CARING ??? people during the last 8 years

    This planet is soooooo full of HYPOCRITES ...

    August 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Steve-O

    Screaming right-wing lunatics do nothing but discredit themselves and the Republican party. They demonstrate, every week, that they are against reform, will never compromise and try to intimidate everyone who disagrees with them with overtones of violence and hate. This leaves the Democrats no choice but to force their agenda using reconciliation. The Democrats can do it, will do it, will get away with it and will not pay a big political penalty. Why? Because these "Tea Party" animals, funded by Republican-leaning corporations and tacitly endorsed by the Republican party, are drowning out any and all intelligent conservative arguments. This is another example the Republican party narrowing their focus to extremists leaving moderate conservatives with nothing. That's why the GOP can't gain ground.

    August 28, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. cedgar

    This is not a party thing.
    I m a Democrat and totally sick of the government assuming
    they are the end all for all problems.

    August 28, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Follow the Drip!!!

    Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams said Friday. "Is it health care? [Ted] Kennedy care?"How disrespectful****Sean,Rush, and Beck are sooooo Proud of this Freak Show !!!!

    August 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Mike

    The fact there is this level of response in one day tellsme the Tea pArty Express is already a success and the liberals can't handle it. WHat's the matter? It's OK to rant and rave about the War in Iraq and call the President every name in the book, but as soon as someone else has an opinion the liberals lose their sense of Free Speech? Who's the hypocrite?

    The Tea Party movement is full of people who make this country work. Hard working, decent Americans who can't stand to watch the government fork over more and more money to people who just take and take.

    August 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep those small women in t-shirts and shorts sure look like Nazis to me! Wake-up lefties..... this is the REAL America we are hearing at these tea parties. Good, decent, hard-working, tax-paying, responsible Americans, every one of them.... they are everything the lazy, irresponsible, race-bating, entitlement spoiled, me-first, I want more, gimme gimme Obama-bots are not.

    August 28, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Dave

    Nice tribute to the late great Senator Kennedy who could at least argue very effectively the merits of the topics being debated – way to go Liberal's for only knowing how to insult ordinary Americans and not debating the facts of legislation pushed in Congress.

    Thank you for showing all to see what the Democratic party is all about – we had Tom Delay ruin the Republican party and now you have Nancy Pelosi ruining the Democratic party, keep it up and welcome back Republicans into power in 2010 and hopefully they will return fiscal responsibilitiy back to our Government that has been missing since Speaker Gingrich in the mid 90's

    August 28, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. S Callahan New York

    'These' people are you Moms, Dads, Grandparents, cousins, neighbors, doctors, lawyers, you corner store owner, you small buisness owner, etc.................the way things are going...either the top elite that are pushing this are going to have to dumb down their policy objectives or throw the whole idea in the garbage and start anew. People are REALLY upset with what they are reading and hearing and they are not settling down. Do I smell a revived America that speaks up?

    August 28, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. victim of republican greed

    It is important that these uniformed right wing nuts do all this to protect millionaire lobbyist Dick Armey's high paying job with the health care industry.

    August 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. W L Jones

    Take one trip in any country on this planet and come back say our country is headed the wrong way We are the beakon of the world in any way and form. You can drive your car all across our great country without touching the ground as well walking if you so desire. Personally I don^t care how much my Government tax me so lone the money go for a good caause as well for a fellow American. One do not apperiate what we have untile you are in some dump country. Bless you all.

    August 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Troop

    Obama more than doubled Bush's deficit in his first 6 months in office – WAKE UP. If any of you sheep would pay attention Bush's number were extremely the last 2-3 years because conservatives were sick of excessive spending. I doubt that will happen with Obama since most of his sheep would follow him off a cliff.

    August 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. JF

    Nothing but another band of Repug idiots that can't think for themselves, let alone take some time-out from their tantrum-throwing to actually get some FACTS. Pretty sad!

    August 28, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Steve

    To say these people are not pointing toward a specific party or politicain is an out right lie.. Where were these fools over the last 8 yrs..
    12 out of the last 16 yrs Repubs have controlled both houses.. But, these braindead fools can't remember names like Phil Gramm, Newt, Bob Dole etc.. I have no problem pointing out that Clinton signed the Gramm, Leahy, Bailey bill.. Both of these parties are theives..


    August 28, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Barbara - Atlanta GA

    Here we go again with those clowns...these people are really a joke!

    August 28, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Mack

    Maybe they would appear to have some credibility if they weren't all white? Time to tear down the walls and stop being so selfish. Embarrassing.

    August 28, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Cindy PA

    Let all versions of the health care reform legislation die with Ted Kennedy. Americans don’t want it and will hang this on the Democrats and vote them out of office. Obama, the teleprompter president may see the light as too what the American people want. Stop piling on more DEBT, this is driving our nation into bankruptcy.

    August 28, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Paul

    I think that if I had a TV show on Fox News and spent several months telling people that housecats were actually called tigers, i could probably get a decent segment of the population to eventually believe it, especially if I preface it with the headline that cats are out to destroy America.

    August 28, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. EDDIE

    First Teabagging next thing you know they will be wide standing in the airport bathrooms.

    August 28, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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