February 18th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Boehner: GOP shouldn't try to take over the Tea Party movement

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Washington (CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told conservative activists Thursday that the Republican Party should not try to take over the Tea Party movement, but rather work closely with these grassroots activists.

“The Republican Party should not attempt to co-opt the tea parties,” Boehner said during his speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I think that’s the dumbest thing in the world. What we will do is as long as I’m the leader is respect them, listen to them, and walk amongst them. The other party will never, ever do that.”

After his own speech to activists attending this three-day annual event, Florida GOP Senate hopeful Marco Rubio told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his party should embrace the Tea Party movement.

"We hope the Republican Party is the home of that movement and that's what we are working toward making sure that it is," Rubio said. "When Republicans are about limited government, Republicans are successful. When they are about anything else, Republicans are not."

At a meeting with Tea Party activists in Washington Tuesday night, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele pledged that the GOP would not meddle in local races – especially Republican primaries featuring candidates backed by Tea Party activists.

And former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin recently suggested that people aligned with the Tea Party select one of the two established political parties.

As for the Tea Party activists, they tend to be male, from rural areas, upscale, and overwhelmingly conservative, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday.

Filed under: CPAC • John Boehner • Tea Party movement
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gary

    The Tea Party group is already a Republican sponsered group. It has the full support of Limbaugh, Palin, Beck, and Hanity with full coverage by Fox news. It's about as bipartison as Republicans get.

    February 18, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Asking the GOP to figure out how to open an e-mail is already asking too much, let's not get carried away here. They're dinosaurs.

    February 18, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. duckunder

    Please, please, please vote Boehmer out.

    February 18, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Carmelle

    LOL...this is so funny!

    Rubio said Gop should become the tea party
    Palin said 'not so past, just pick a party'
    The non-leaders of the tea party thought they were part of a new party
    Boehner says ' you should be our friends, but you will never be us'

    At this point I really feel bad for honest teabaggers....but you got what you deserved.

    February 18, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Shelly

    Last night I ate an orange and was on cnn.com ticker reading the Boehner comments on jobs. Then I fell asleep and in my dreams ( nightmare) saw a gigantic orange destroying the USA with the other
    fruitcakes....I woke up and felt better when I realized there was an intelligent and thoughtful man in the White House.
    True story.

    February 18, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. carlos

    marco rubio..........as a speaker of the house in florida.....ZERO.....and the CONS are going nutty over him.....shows their complete ignorance

    February 18, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Carole

    Poor wittle Boehner got yelled at by the Prez........wah, wah, wah, wah, wah.

    Can we get some cheese and crackers to go with his 'whine'?!

    He should have slapped the tan off him.

    February 18, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Yes and now one of the Beck wrecks has been whipped into such a frenzy, he tried to take others out with him by crashing a plane into a building.

    Hope all you tea baggers are happy, you now have a "hero", some cowardly tax evader that tried to do his "part" to get back at "big" government by attempting to kill innocent people. Hopefully, only the loser died.

    Great "family value" kill those in trying to enforce the rules that you chose to ignore.

    But then you also worship Bailin' Palin who's only completed task to date is the mayor of Wasilla and she can be bought and paid to say anything for the right price. Retard fired, and retard disappointing depending upon the audience. Tea baggers lone patriots, and tea baggers better join a party.

    Add prostitution to those "family values" you tout.

    February 18, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |