April 8th, 2010
02:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann: GOP and Tea Party movement are 'merging'

(CNN) – A prominent conservative lawmaker said Thursday that the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement are in the process of merging.

Appearing on CNN's "Newsroom," Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, rejected any suggestion that the GOP and Tea Partiers are at odds during this midterm election year. Instead Bachmann said the established political party and the growing conservative grassroots movement are unifying under the principle of fiscal conservatism.

"It's really merging into one single, solitary unit," Bachmann said.

She added, "A number of Tea Party groups from around the country are coming together, unifying under the umbrella of economic, fiscal conservatism because Americans, quite simply, feel like they're taxed enough already."

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The Republican lawmaker, who is herself a favorite of the Tea Party movement, pointed out that the phrase "taxed enough already" is the basis for the acronym "Tea" that has become the moniker for the grassroots movement that opposes the spending and deficits of the Obama administration.

Bachmann described concerns about the possibility of higher taxes as an "energy boost going forward."

"And I think conservative candidates are going to benefit greatly," she continued, "by latching onto the theme of stopping the spending, stopping the deficits, and getting our financial house in order. "
Bachmann also weighed in the GOP's prospects during the next presidential race in 2012.

The Minnesota lawmaker said she is not thinking of running for the White House. Instead, she is focused on her 2010 re-election bid which she described as "a very difficult race."

"I don't know that we've even necessarily seen who our candidate will be yet for president," Bachmann said. But she predicted the next GOP presidential nominee will be the person who "articulates the case" for the party on the issues of energy independence, fiscal responsibility, national security, curtailing spending and deficits, and creating jobs.

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Roberto

    This Lady is crazy. I am a perwon who is fiscally conservative but I am not blind. The country is growing, population is growing so the goverment has to do the same. Simple math.
    What the republicans want is to cut taxes on them so they can be in Forbes magazine, showing theeir yatch, private plans but no, no, taxes to help the middle class......most of them talk about God and look at them. Perhaps, jesus wants them to be greedy. jezzzzzzzzz

    April 8, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A merger between the GOP and the Tea Party will soon see it's demise, this won't be a marriage made in heaven, trust me.

    April 8, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Capt. Snarky

    While I support the Tea Party's philosophy of less governement and less spending – I don't think that they're merging with the GOP is a good idea. The GOP isn't necessarily any better than the Progressive Party when it comes to either of these goals.

    April 8, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. The Unsub

    Tea Party, Dinner Party, Tupperware Party, Donner Party......merging with the GOP is a good thing??????..............Not!

    April 8, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Farren Coplan

    There's one point you may be overlooking, Rep Bachmann, when you speak of the country being taxed enough already: 1/2 this country pays NO taxes while the rest of us struggle to pay for their sorry lives.
    Additionally, you can probably prove that these same no-taxpayers are the same ones who receive all manner of tax "rebates???". Why aren't all Americans equally taxed according to their ability to pay? Why are only hard-working folks forced to pay for our welfare society?

    April 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. SpringGambit

    Psst . . . Michele, the GOP and the Tea Party are one in the same, OK?

    Poor deluded Bachmann still trying the stretch the Tea Party movement into a growing phenomenon of disgruntled average Joe Q. Citizens who, heretofore, were not affiliated with any political party.

    Yep. And the world is flat.

    April 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Captain Awesome

    If the TEA party and Republican party are merging, this is potentially bad news for democrats. Democrats are counting on the TEA party splinting off into a third party, thereby taking votes from Republicans and watering down the conservative vote. Wishful thinking.....

    April 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. badger

    Did this tell us anything we didn't know. The tea party( totally uneducated american's) will follow this she devil and the other one for one reason. They can't think for themselves.

    April 8, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. tea4gop

    "the grassroots movement that opposes the spending and deficits of the Obama administration"

    And where was this movement while the previous administration spent, spent, spent on an unjust war and tax breaks for the very wealthy, while driving the country to record deficits. Where were they when the Patriot Act was signed into law, and the Department of Homeland Security was established. Constitutionalist? Yeah right. GOP they're all yours.

    April 8, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Ah the Red Queen in Wonderland. So that makes Palin what, the Jabberwock?

    April 8, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. John in WV

    As this country grows out of recession, the repubs will lose the excuse that you can't raise taxes during recession. The wealthy that support conservative views have danced for 9 years knowing that their tax breaks turned a surplus into debt. Time to pay the band.

    April 8, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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