April 8th, 2010
02:56 PM ET
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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. David

    This is the problem. It is no longer a grass roots movement then. It has been hijacked. Time to look for another movement that abides by the Constitution.

    April 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Steveo

    Republicans are cynically hijacking this movement. The Republicans are half the problem. Half the reason the Tea Party exists today is becuase of the policies of the Republican party.
    You can see from a mile away what the GOP are trying to do. I hope the Tea party folk wake up to this.

    April 8, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, Va

    The Tea Party and the GOP merging? They're already one in the same dummy.

    April 8, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Allen in Hartwell GA

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

    DUH!!! Did anyone with half-a-brain ever think anything different?

    April 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    So the Tea Party and the GOP are merging, huh?

    Given they were pretty much the same already, they won't have far to go, will they?

    Then there's a wingnut like Bachmann giving this new fear-tactic her seal of approval - it's scary to think that in this day and age, we still have people with scarcely two working brain cells in positions of power and there are those who applaud them.

    April 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. lara

    The republicans didn't practice fiscal responsibility for eight years straight, and now, a year and a half later, they want another shot?
    Whose vote are they campaigning for, amnesiacs?

    April 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. sleepy bear

    Wow....Is this the voice of the GOP now? The Grand Old Party better step up and get rid of these nut jobs....

    April 8, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. vette gal

    I'm all for fiscal responsibity, but it takes taxes to run our country. Having just read an article that says that over 50% of the population will receive refunds this year because of all the tax breaks makes me wonder what the feds are going to do to income. If taxes are reduced even more, the feds will go broke. We must have higher taxes in order to fun our country just like people need higher wages in order to run their households. Personally, I don't mind paying higher taxes in order for our country to run itself. On the other hand, I don't want to pay higher taxes so our current politicians can keep lining their pockets.

    April 8, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. ran

    You mean they are going to finally acknowledge each other in public. They must be the only ones who did not already know they were merged together in the first place.

    GOP meet the tea party. They were once called evangelicals but I am sure you will remember their faces as such.

    Problem is we the people do not want your fear/hate/obstructionism/purity ideology. So enjoy your life together and leave the Governing to those who want to do for all the people. You know true Democrats.

    April 8, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Jason

    Pray tell, what taxes have gone up since Obama came to office?

    Not a single one.

    Nearly half of the 2009 stimulus package was an extension of George Bush's tax cuts, and those tax cuts will be extended again this year.

    Bachmann is low on facts, low on information, low on the truth and even lower on basic human decency. She's the worst kind of demagogue. Instead of promoting herself, I'd like to see her do some real work for a change. All she does is hold rallies and spout garbage.

    April 8, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Mark

    The GOP needs to get on board with the Tea Party or move out of the way.

    April 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. rick

    Blind leading the blind.

    April 8, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Merging? Was there ever any difference between them?


    April 8, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Give me a break

    This nut makes me feel ashamed to be from Minnesota.

    April 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. save my state.

    This is fantastic news.......... The movement in Ohio seems to be better organized then the other parts of the country I hope they can follow their model.............. We need help to fight this higher Goods tax that is coming in the following year...... Japan pays 5% in federal tax....and Denmark pays like 25%... I'm scared about how much tax Obama is going to charge to pay for all these things we can't afford. So let me guess about 15% .


    April 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. IVOTE

    Great.......Now all of the "Tea Partiers" will have to listen to the issues at hand because the GOP won't be able to hide the truth from them. Crazies will not be heard.
    Gun toting won't be allowed around the Capitol
    Everybody will just get along and the work of "ALL the people in the United States of America will get done." You Think???

    April 8, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. walleye

    Once they merge, all the dorks will be under one banner of divisivness and hate.

    April 8, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    Oh please do merge – the Republican Party will disintegrate under the weight of its hate, fear-mongering, lies, and tea bagger racism and violence.

    The Republican Party is anti-American, have embraced domestic terrorism, death threats of of Democratic leaders, ugly lies daily spewed by Fox fools, and have worked against working families and any and every solution to help our country recover and move forward.

    Republicans have embraced lunatic ideas and people and have betrayed real Americans. They do not deserve to be in Congress. They do not take their oath to serve seriously and call for our failure.

    It's time for us to stand up and say we will no longer tolerate Republican hate and fear tactics, refusal to denounce racism and violence, and vote ALL of them out of office in November.

    We will NOT be pulled into the gutter with Republicans and their dangerous crazy tea baggers. We wil use OUR NO VOTE on all Republicans seeking office!

    April 8, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. rs

    My question is: when were they ever separate? The TP people were created, funded, and trooped around by the GOP and their financial supporters.
    That said- the fact that Bachmann says it means it must be absolutely crazy and wrong.

    April 8, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. TM

    In other words – the inmates are taking over the asylum

    April 8, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Matt T

    The very idea that the Republican Party governs like fiscal conservatives is an absolute joke.

    From Reagan (kind of expanding government and deficits ad infinitum) to Bush and Jr, the Republicans have been the kings of spending and deficits.

    April 8, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. tplatz1

    Has anyone asked a REAL Tea Partier about this???

    April 8, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Kathy

    It's strange that the political party that caused the deficit by spending money that wasn't there now wants to run on a platform to clean up the mess they left. Merging with the T(axed) E(nough) A(lready) group will result in the death of the GOP. The Boston Tea Party that helped to ignite our revolution were rebelling against a tax on tea when those paying the tax (Americans) were denied representation in the British Parliament. We have the representation today. I see this 21st century Tea Party, and now their GOP buddies, protesting paying their fair share of taxes needed to meet the public need in our great nation, which happens to be the 3rd largest country in the world in terms of both land mass and population. They're fostering anarchy while they hide under a cloak they call "patriots". If they want less govt interference in their lives they need to head into the backwoods somewhere and leave the rest of us to fulfill our patriotic and civic duties in governing this country.

    April 8, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    It's not that taxes have gone up, morons. They're a lot lower than they were 30 years ago. It's more that wages haven't gone up in the same time period (thanks, global capitalism) and that the rich and corporations weasel out of paying their fair share through loopholes. You scream for lower taxes and then wonder why a bridge collapses or your kid is too stupid to get into college or why the "government can't run anything." 30 years of trickledown deregulatory nonsense is your answer. Thanks Ronny Rayguns. Have a nice day!

    A poor man may not create jobs, but a rich man doesn't fix your car. Who is more productive?

    April 8, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Will

    Merging? The Tea party are republicans. Duh!! They will win seats this year, how many I don't know. Obama still will win because policy matters. I hope!!!!

    April 8, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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