October 26th, 2009
09:06 AM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party Express kicks off 38-city tour

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/22/art.teapaty.gi.jpg caption="Organizers of the conservative campaign-style bus tour have launched a new coast-to-coast caravan."]LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - It's wheels up again for the Tea Party Express. The conservative movement hit the road Sunday on a nationwide tour with plans to hold rallies in 38 cities in 19 days.

"This is when we take all the passion, all the energy, all the rallies and try to turn it into constructive political action," said Mark Williams, Tea Party vice chairman. "In this case, putting Congress on warning."

The warning is not only going to Democrats. Tea Party leaders recently endorsed Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Dede Scozzafava in a special election for New York's 23rd congressional seat.

"It doesn't matter what party you are a part of, if you are taxing and spending and not listening to your constituency, you are in trouble in 2010," Williams said.

There were dozens of other signs dotting the tour's inaugural rally comparing President Barack Obama to Karl Marx. Some made him up to look like the Joker from the last Batman movie, and warned of a socialist takeover of the country.

"People just sense that something's wrong," said Dominic Harkay, who stood at the San Diego, California, rally holding a banner that read "Oust the Marxist Usurper, His Czars and Thugs … Honduras Did!"

Across the park from the rally, several dozen anti-Tea Party protesters milled about and listened from a distance as police kept the two groups separated.

Chandler Windham came to protest the Tea Party and show his support for a health care public option.

"For me to look at another citizen and say you don't deserve health care, that's inhuman," Windham said. "When we are talking about these big issues, you see people's true colors, who they really are."

The Tea Party Express calls for less government spending, and opposes increased government involvement in health care, corporate bailouts and deficit spending.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What are they exactly protesting? If they want less in taxes, then what they need to say (elect people to do) is what they are willing to cut government doing and make sure that that rest of the population is willing to go along. I wonder if these people are willing to watch millions of people in the US suffer without the assistance they get from the government. I wonder if they like the interstate highway system - that is paid by taxes.

    October 26, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    While I can appriciate the fact that these people get out and hit the streets, I find thier message a little misguided.
    It's frustrating to know that, if the "tea partiers" were against Conservitive ideals, then the Riot Police would be out in full force.

    If you ask me, this country could use a little socialism. We need to learn that people should come before dollars. Lets stop fighting for the insurance companies rights to rip off the public.

    October 26, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. sick and tired!!!!!

    When it comes to health care we cannot afford to give complete control to the insurance companies... Wake up people, do you really think the insurance companies are going to have your best interest at hand. All they care about is the bottom line. I believe in this regard , the government would do a better job. Some people are out there hating on government because they say they've messed up medicare. If that is truly the case why are the elderly so afraid of losing medicare... please people I would rather pay for a health care option to a non profit organization than a company who cares only for the bottom line. also if you do not feel this way, you don't have to buy into it. you can keep your over inflated insurance policy. Just don't deny those of us who are sick of paying these huge premiums for a mediocre policy!

    October 26, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. not alone

    Hey all you Tea Partys' where was you for the last six years of Bush Chaney when the started two wars while spending huge amount of cash via tax breaks for the rich and tons and tons of intitlement programs) you know that huges waist of 3 mil for pharmisutials medicare rip-off and not to forget all those billions spent on pet projects with add-ons to all those budget bills sighned by the consevitive pick G.W. Bush seems you either missed the boat or just another Republican attack squad.
    Where were all thies tea partiers when Bush signed LAFTA and signed on to allow free trade to China.Your credibility is that of the last Repulican administration,Becouse that is where most of this mess started and back then you said nought.So how about you stop the whinning and let us live in peace.Y'all make in embarrassing to be white in the country just like the Repulicans do right now.

    October 26, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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