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. NJ Jim

    First of all, if being nuts and a right wing loonie with a crazy imagination makes you "prominent," than I guess Bachmann is "prominent." I can't believe that even in a republican district, such as the one Bacmann represents, that there isn't a reasonably sane republican that can dump her in a primary election? Come on, where are you folks? In addition, I'm sure the GOP really wants to be totally linked and united with the tea baggers, Glen Beck and the Limbaugh nut-wing fringe!
    Of course, I'm for any of the stupid moves the repubs and baggers are making that will ensure their defeat as candidates in November's general election.

    April 8, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Drew

    Her 15 minutes are up.
    She is as important as the media provides her coverage.
    Let's recognize the radical fringe when we see it and call them out for being a detriment to the political discourse of mature citizens.

    April 8, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Scott

    It's psychotic idiots like this who get in the way of true leaders. If she really wants to lead a movement to lower the cost of government, she should advise people to accept less government money. Any time these nuts will forego their social security and medicare and volunteer to fill some of the paid positions in government service for a dollar a year (as a service to the country they claim to love)–then they'll have the right to complain about the debt to their children. Otherwise, they can take their nonsensical views with them as they run down the streets ranting.

    April 8, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    Bachmann also probably thinks that the Tea Party movement is a real grassroots phenomenon.

    David Koch and his conservative group Americans For Prosperity are the financial backers behind the Tea Party Express. The Tea Party always was, and always will be an astroturf movement.

    My apologies to those of you who have been duped by Koch.

    April 8, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. geecee

    This woman is a total and complete crackpot. She is bad for this Country, bad for the State of Minnesota and I hope she gets soundly defeated in her bid for re-election. Please, Minnesotans, don't be stupid as she is. Palin and her are two peas in a pod, are or is it two nuts in one shell. Shut up, you screechy, whiney, shrill, hateful, fear-mongering embarrassments to womenhood!!

    April 8, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Independent Voter

    GOP panders to Tea party for votes...suprising.

    April 8, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Going Fulltime

    And yet ........Palin asked the Republican National Committee officials to remove her name from an invitation that suggested she might attend a series of GOP fundraising events, the former Alaska governor made clear she is a strong supporter of the organization's embattled chairman, Michael Steele and a tea bagger.

    So which is it -? I suspect even you don't know – just spinning spinning as usual. WE SEE YOU

    weren't they just out yesterday together (bachmann and palin) lieing to people about how united they were together? GAQD!

    April 8, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Jacksonville Bill

    This is no surprise. The TEA Party has always been an arm of the republican party. It was never a grassroots movement. It was formed specifically for revitalizing the republican party after it lost in 2006 and 2008. They are simply the most right-wing element of the republican party, and I include the democrats and the independents among them.

    April 8, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Nostradamus

    Can someone tell me what's the difference between the GOP Repugs and the Tea Party members? I can't find any. Both groups are coming from the same cesspool. They're arrogants, full of prejudice, racists, bigots, preaching hatred, intolerants, and they don't doubt one second to use the violence if somebody tries to oppose them. Both groups are against the Health Reform, against the Immigration Reform, against the weapons control and both are against measures to mitigate the Global Warming, etc. Civility is not part of their language and both groups call themselves "patriots". Already I said the things that they share. Now. What's the difference between them?

    April 8, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Kate

    This woman is scary!! She was sent to Washington to help American people not to plant hatred.

    April 8, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Michelle couldnt find her butt with both hands if she tried. She is intellectually challanged like Palin. Neither of these two nitwits would have a male audience if not for their looks.

    April 8, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Marco V

    There goes their independence!

    April 8, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Tina

    The demise of the GOP proceeds.

    April 8, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Gymo

    What merge is that? The Tea Party was always disaffected Republicans, who are now going home, that doesn't change the fact that the Democratic Party will still remain the biggest political party.

    April 8, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Alex in Wisconsin

    Merging??? When was there ever a difference between the GOP and the Tea Party, other than the fact that the GOP had a couple of moderates once upon a time?

    This is yet another reason i can't take the Tea party seriously. All of their legitimate protests are at least 5-7 years too late. Their illegitimate protests are based on bigotry and lies. Andwe know why, the Tea party is just the right wing of the republican party. Perhaps i would have thought differently if there was a democrat, even a blue dog democrat that had tea party support.

    April 8, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Rickster

    Michele Bachmann is awesome. She has emerged as a great spokesperson for constitutionality, capitalism and national defense. Other politicians take note: This is what a person with a spine looks like.

    April 8, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Donna

    Tea party movement + GOP= too bad for the USA

    April 8, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. shucks

    And this should scare Americans more than any foreign terrorists.

    April 8, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. amy

    and who this prominent conservative lawmaker would be???


    is this supposed to be a good judgement??

    April 8, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Lucullus

    I think that's the best news I've heard in ages. It will do one of two things. It will either drive a stake into the heart of the Republican Party, finally killing it off and saving America, or, if they are successful, it will destroy the country putting an end to America's suffering. Either way this insanity will end.

    April 8, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Jeanne

    What a shock ! We already knew the Tea Party was an arm of Fox News and the Republican party . We didn't need Michelle Bachman to tell us.
    Of course they have denied it until now.

    April 8, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. christi

    The woman is a nimrod. I don't know how much more of her I can take. Her type of idiocy is going to send me to the crazy house myself...I just hope to God I don't find her there.

    April 8, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Chris~Albany, NY

    There's no need to merge, the teabaggers are just really really really really PO'ed republicans. Duh

    April 8, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Tori in Texas

    Yea, good luck with that merging plan. Should be as easy as herding cats.

    April 8, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. jeff jackson, alabama

    Why is it that by and large the Republican
    female politicians are more feminine and
    have more administrative backgrounds than
    their democratic counterparts ?
    Just asking.............

    April 8, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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