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."

Related: Tea Party movement attempting to unite?

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. Bertina

    If anyone thought the Tea Party members aren't a part of the Republican party they are delusional. I've always thought they sound exactly like neocons with different outfits.

    April 8, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Trent

    She is an idiot....she should check out Nate Silver's 538 website and see how our taxing stacks up against the rest of the world!!!

    April 8, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Keith Calhoun

    They deserve each other.One is a blooming idiot and the other is a pack of blooming idiots.I cant believe Minnesota elected such a stupid person.

    April 8, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Doug,lib jersey

    What a pleasure it is to have such an honest, fair, kind, respectful, patriot like Michelle Bachmann in Washington. An angel amongst evil liberal demons.

    April 8, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. In the Middle

    Bachmann facing "a very difficult race". Shouldn't she be reading something from this? Intellectual dishonesty and obstruction are not helpful, not to mention decorum that precludes reasoned dialogue on issues...

    April 8, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. dan in capitola

    Excellent! We can get all the nut-jobs in one place and then sit back and watch as they eat each other.

    April 8, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Katie B in NC

    "And I think conservative candidates are going to benefit greatly," she [Bachmann] continued, "by latching onto the theme of stopping the spending, stopping the deficits, and getting our financial house in order. "

    True, they would ... except they don't have any credibility in that arena. You can scream and yell all you want, but nobody's going to listen unless you present a realistic plan. And their track record doesn't help them either.

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

    Someone from the tea drinkers should explain why would they merge with the GOP when they (GOP) dominated 8 years of free spending. If I were a tea party member, I would shout loudly to refuse this remark from bachman. But we all know why it would not happen: they all are posers.
    Higher taxes? Did you just read today that half of the US doesn't even pay federal taxes? The one is screaming the loudest, pays the least in taxes.
    Bachman herself is benefiting of her farm subsidies from the feds. It feels all right, doesn't it?
    All of you, who believe that crap that is coming from these "patriots", should look into himself to think about how they pitch in to the betterment of the country...

    April 8, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Joyce

    They deserve each other

    April 8, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Dano

    WOW stop the presses! This is ground breaking news – the tea baggers and the GOP are somehow aligned. The lunatic fringe groups are joining them because the Republicans are so far from the center of the political spectrum. They need the extremists because they've purged all moderates and alienated all the independenents. I can see the Democrats picking up more congressional seats this November.

    April 8, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    "taxed enough"........... Anyone's Federal taxes went up this year? Really, now ......... anyone?

    President Obama lowered the taxes of the Middle & Working class.

    President Obama is going to allow the Bush Tax Cuts to the wealthiest ........ 1%......... to end, Bush did not make those tax cuts permanent.

    What's always amusing is the the TP/GOP is always crying "wolf" about higher taxes but they do not materialize...... unless you earn $250,000 or more. The average American makes $43,000.

    April 8, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Laughing in Florida

    So is that tea the GOP will be drinking ... or Jonestown Kool Aid? Because if they want to relate in any way to the changing electorate and the evolving majority block of voters... that's pure suicide.

    April 8, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. klondike

    This bodes well for struggling democrats, assuming that the majority of US voters aren't gun-toting, confederate-loving, bible-thumpers...

    April 8, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Tell It Like It Is

    TEA = Taxed Enough Already

    I can see their point, the Gov't is wasting money and the folks are mad. I favor the Value Added Tax (VAT) that's being discussed. What's being considered is a VAT of 20%. That's a big hit for ALL OF US. The good point of VAT is that EVERYONE pays, it's been shown that 53% of people pay taxes and 70% of them are middle-class folks. I think we all agree that this is unfair. Different states charge different sales tax rates also, plus some locales have an additional tax to the state sales tax. So I would take it a step further, I would levy a 25% VAT, 15% goes to the Feds, 10% goes to the states and I would ELIMINATE Federal and State income taxes. That much more money would be in people's paychecks and they can decide how to spend it. If you waste it like the Gov't has been doing, you only have yourself to blame.

    April 8, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Tom from Tx

    Now, do you mind, Bachman, explaining just how we are suppose to pay for the past & current wars, for example? What was the plan to finance this? Again, you tout a lot of hot air, but no real substance. The entire agenda is to get back in power and put the other side down. Sure, none of us beg for more taxes, but most of us realize that some things come w/a price tag, like wars. I was a Repub., but I've seen what they really stand for....lining their own pockets and getting back in power. Nothing about caring about the middle class at all...very self-serving. I'm done! Your base is no longer one I can relate to; just a bunch of nut jobs with no real solutions; at least not viable ones.

    April 8, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Linda

    Good...let them merge...maybe one day soon the republican party will re-emerge and stop being the party of the confederates.

    April 8, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. simplefact

    It's a smart move for not alienating the TP voters! TPs are extreme and this should alienate moderates and independents like me - I voted for Reagan twice!

    2012 won't be a cakewalk for either party. Obama deserves a 2nd term and should get it.

    April 8, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Eddy

    Like dumb and dumber?

    April 8, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Marcus

    Gop and Tea Party movement merging?
    No!!! It can't be possible!!!!
    End of sarcasm.
    What really scares me it's the possiblity that she's so disconnected with eality that she really believes that this is a surprise to anyone with a functional brain.

    April 8, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Jim M

    So much for the independence the Tea Partiers said they wanted, Welcome to corporate welfare.

    Tea Partiers....you've been duped.

    April 8, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Bye-bye GOP!

    April 8, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Dale

    More Republican jiberish. Everyone knows you're going to say what you have to say to make everythiong look rosy.

    April 8, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Big Jilm

    Yeah ok, riiiight. Like the Tea Party was anything other than the fringe freak group of the Republican party, lead, funded, and misinformed by mega-rich scumlords who moved their operations offshore to hire non-Americans for dirt wages while avoiding billions in taxes.

    Whatever. Tea Partiers were never going to vote for anything but Republicants anyway.

    April 8, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Testify

    Merging? When did the wackos ever leave the party?

    April 8, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Charles in Valdosta, Ga.

    Oh come on, when were the Republican Party and the Tea Party never the same? Fox and their right wing talk masters started the hoopla over tea parties and CNN and main stream media finally took the bait. The result? For the last few months we have heard nothing but this Tea Party craziness, including CNN's own express as it hit the road on the great caravan. CNN is above this. Keep covering the substance over style and do not worry so much about the ratings. This situation with the Tea Party reminds me of the run up to the Irag War when all the media caved in. And what was that result? Besides, this group is giving my favorite drink, Iced Tea, a bad name.

    April 8, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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