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. Unemployed for too long

    Idiots being led by the nose by the interests of corporate big shots! I've been watching the situation for American working folks deteriorate since the early 70's. Where was the outcry for justice when the wage freeze was in place back then? Yet suggest that some overpaid nitwit executive type not receive a bonus and all hell breaks loose. These are the guys responsible for America's working and middle class decline. Give them your ear if you must,, I'd rather give them a boot in the ,,,well you know.

    August 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. cd

    This group is against wasteful deficit spending? Where were they for the past 10 years? Where were they when George W Bush grew the federal government more in 4 years than Clinton did in 8? Oh, wait... a Republican was President, so they could have cared less.


    August 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Ferdinand777/New York

    Everyone of those participants either work for insurance companies or is related to someone who does...
    They are defending their interest... insurance company GREED...
    We the people rule.. No more Greed...Greed is a sin..

    August 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |

    bunch of poor uneducated people working for a pay check from the insurance companies

    August 28, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Nancy

    I love it when people who don't seem to work always have time to make fools of themselves.

    August 28, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It's funny that all of these anti-tax protesters didn't say a word when President Bush was raising taxes and spending like there was no tomorrow, But then he was a white Republican, wasn't he?????????

    August 28, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Great, the teabagger hypocrisy is back again. They're angry and not going to take it anymore (now), yet they were silent for past 8 YEARS. Give me a break.

    It's ok for teabaggers to waste funds on an unnecessary war, but they protest when our country wants to offer compassionate health care for people in need. Priorities please.


    August 28, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Alex

    Go to work, you lazy bums. You didn't have a problem with big government spending when it was your party doing it.

    August 28, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Big Jilm

    Healthcare needs a good debate; we need to hammer out the details to make it the most win-win situation possible. Guess what though -we can't have a debate if the GOP is flooding the airwaves with misinformation. Yelling, screaming, and interrupting said debates with outright lies isn't going to help us get better health care.

    GOP can you say scorch and burn? How about Thanatos complex?

    August 28, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. H. Elkins

    Why are all of the tea party goers white? Is this just a coincidence?

    August 28, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    ROCK ON! Time to take this country back from the tax and spend loons hiding in the democrat party thus giving democrats a bad name.

    August 28, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Mike Wagner

    They look ridiculous. None of them have read the bill. They are force-fed mis-information from the likes of Limpbaugh, Hannity and O'Reilly. Drive from here to the moon if you like. You're in the minority and you're shouting out like donkeys.. against your own best interests.

    August 28, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Ann

    My 401k has rebounded, home sales are rising, home values are rising, unemployment is decreasing . . . where's the bad? Everyone needs healthcare at some time or another so everyone should have access to it. Who can argue with that? And end of life discussions are important. Just because science and medicine can prolong your life, doesn't mean it should. People should be able to have comfort measures for ailments and let nature run it's course. In my opinion, quality of life is more important than quantity of life. Anyway, President Obama has been in office 8 months and is working very hard to make the change he promised during his campaign, with some success. He is faced with old school politics at every step. No one comes up with better ideas, they just criticize his. Give the man a chance.

    August 28, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. makesUwonder

    I'll be attending mine here in Austin, Texas in September and I can't wait!

    August 28, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. George

    I tell my kids that life is an IQ test and some people don't score very high. The Deathers, Birthers, and Tea Party proponents demonstrate how little critical thinking happens for some folks. The Repubs have spent decades now "educating" people that government is bad ... but don't we have ample evidence that corporations do not have the best interests of non-shareholders in their sight? I had hoped that electing a President that clearly is capable of critical though might inspire others to do the same. Instead, we get pitchforks ... or the public display of sidearms.

    August 28, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Duck Fallas

    What a fun group!! Sprading hate and lies across America! What great Americans!

    August 28, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Lori in St Pete

    "Halliburton you ignorant people was the only US compnay that could have been hired"

    It's easy to be the only "qualified" corporation when you're the one writing the specs.

    August 28, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Dave

    I thought Dick Cheney said that Ronald Reagan 'proved that deficits don't matter'...

    August 28, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. libs r fools

    go get 'em tea parties,,,,,,congress and obama are digging thier graves deeper and deeper

    August 28, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. John

    Nice "red" shirts, it's too bad some of my "well-informed" countrymen and women didn't take more time to understand the issues instead of forming their opinions based on short-sighted and irrational fears. Let me see if I can tune into Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, or some other nut job that corpoarte America puts on television to keep Americans in the dark....

    John R.

    August 28, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Steven

    Quit giving these small bands –these rogue groups– undue airtime. It just makes it seem like there are more of them than there really are.

    August 28, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Ted Tartaglia

    This is just another Repub party dirty tricks squad. They can't come up with anything new so they have to dig into the past to resurrect some of Nixon's programs. Even Rushbo couldn't come up with something from that twisted mind?? of his.

    What a bunch of idiots the Repub party has become!

    August 28, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Ross

    Rising deficit?

    Jobs gone?

    Giant sucking noise?

    Republicans/Democrats – blaming each other while furthering the downfall of our country.

    In my eyes – Bush and Obama are the same results – just different politics.

    August 28, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Kevin

    What taxes are they protesting? What taxes has Obama raised?

    August 28, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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