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. shucks

    These politicians need to stop saying Americans. Try "some Americans", and in this case call it what it is, right wing, bible thumping, gun loving, racist Americans. The majority of us voted against your and the republican parties philosophy Ms. Bachmann

    April 8, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Party of Palin

    They were always one and the same, just the extreme part of the GOP, the party of palin with time on their hands.

    April 8, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. chill

    Funny how all these tax protestors are all for fiscal responsibility EXCEPT for spending on THEIR benefits. Haven't seen a one of them asking to have their Social Security cut or their corporate loopholes closed. And the biggest patriots tend to be those who least want to pay for the privilege of living here. Alaskans have been living off oil royalty welfare for years and I bet Michelle hasn't turned down her staff or other office perks. A little intellectual honesty please.

    April 8, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. shadysider

    The large Tea Parties that started when Fox started their sponsorships of the event were never anything more than the Republican base masquerading as independents. The signs were the same as they were at the McCain/Palin rallies and the rhetoric was little different as well. This is a surprise to no one. It has always been Fox's scheme to pick up a few voters for the Republican Party by acting like they were behind the average, independent-thinking American citizen. What a sham. This is the same Republican Party that was voted out in 2008. Same policies, same rhetoric, same ideas. They want the status quo. They don't want to reform fiscal policy unless it comes to welfare; when it comes to rich people handouts (subsidies) such as farming, (which happens to be the Southern -see Republican area of prominence) they are all for handing out money to wealthy donors. Dennis Green says: "They are who we thought they were."

    April 8, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. BobH

    If she is right, that would be a sad, but maybe deserved, way for the GOP to die.

    April 8, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. OBS.

    More Bachmann Bull stitching. How in the world this person ever got elected to a public office ??? But then again, she is a REPPUBLICAN. They all seem to be a little looney now days..

    April 8, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. hongli

    Bachmann and Pawlenty have got Minnesota in a MESS. Palin,Bachmann and Pawlenty need to have their heads examine by a specialist ,but I honestly don't think anyone can help them. These individuals will lie to God if put in that position. Bachmann should return to school,Palin should repent for her sins and evil deeds and Pawlenty should sweep the streets of Minnesota night and day for what he's done to that State.

    April 8, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Dave C - NJ

    They can have 'em! Of course, this will push moderate republicans away, but why would a complete nutcase like Bachmann care?

    April 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Chris - Denver

    So the lunatic fringe of the GOP is merging with the GOP? That doesn't make any sense.

    April 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. sandy

    Oh please, do we have to print every word this nut-job says. I have watched her on the news and this woman is really scary. Put her and Palin together and it's twice as scary. These two make me ashamed to be a woman as they have air between their ears, and most women are smart. God help us all.

    April 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. shadysider

    So their next presidential candidate will have the same ideas as your last candidate, Bachmann? These were the same as the last President whose policies led to all the current rage. No wonder Obama decided to run on a slogan of change. If the other side refuses to and the people are fed up with it, you win.

    April 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. dave

    Sure they are. Hasn't this lady looked at the latest poll that said that 49% of the tea party movement is DISSATISFIED REPUBLICANS. Helloooooooooo.

    Did she forget that only a few months ago representatives of the tea party movement read RNC chairman Steele the riot act when they caught him trying to portray the tea party movement as a "republican" movement?

    She is right that she is going to run into a very difficult reelection race. I personally will send money to anyone from the democratic side that runs against her. This nut job needs to go. Her and Palin can have their own joint reality TV show.

    April 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. buzzsdad

    She is such a bright, well read, educated, cultured, articulate woman.

    April 8, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Guest

    Proves how stupid these people are! "like they're taxed enough already" – Obama has passed the largest tax cut in history.

    April 8, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. For the people

    She is a wack a do....I am from the state of Minnesota and I swear to the high heavens if the people of the 6th re-elect this absolutley narcissistic -fear mongering moron I will start a movement to annex that portion of the state into it's own moron majority!

    April 8, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Adelita

    Sounds like wishful thinking.

    April 8, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. hobart

    It's not a matter of merging. It's a matter of being taken over by right wing extremists, who celebrate the confederacy and threats of secession (aka TREASON) if they don't get their way, who deliberately framed and persecuted Acorn workers of color through the most loathsomely dishonest campaign of character assassination (let's hope the CA Attorney General prosecutes and or some high priced CA lawyers sue the pants of Faux News and despicable liars who choreographed, filmed and perpetrated this crap).

    One thing that is crystal clear, Republicans have absolutely no claim anymore to their moniker, The Party of Lincoln.

    Why DO Republicans hate America?

    April 8, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Ryan Wing

    When were they seperate?

    April 8, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    This is actually a win-win for democrats. If they don't merge, the tea party takes away votes from the republicans. If they do merge, the republicans just look crazier to those undecided voters. Thanks, tea party! Have a nice day!

    April 8, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Zach K

    Bachmann sounds better when the TV's muted. 😀

    April 8, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. reACTIONary

    As if there ever was any difference – at least after the intelligent, educated segment of the population left the GOP.

    April 8, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the "tea party movement" is merging with the GOP, then this was nothing more than a GOP organized set of protests. They needed a new face to attack the Democrats with that they couldn't while serving in Congress or as party officials. This "tea party movement" is looking more and more like fraud. If people are really this fed up with government, then they need to run for office and work within the beauracracy to reduce it. Violence won't work and isn't crediable way to change things.

    April 8, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Republicans Morons of the World

    How can two groups that have always been one and the same merge? This moron is as stupid as Sarah Make Up with No Brains, it is hard to tell the two of them apart. EVERYONE apparently but these two idiots have always known Tea Baggers are just angry Repugnants, does not take a rocket scietist to figure this one out. Then this moron steps forward like she is telling us something new?!?!?! How this woman ever got sent to Washington is beyond me, her constituents must be some of the stupidest people in the country.

    April 8, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. wolf47

    So, my suggestion is: We don't raise taxes and eliminate all federal monies going to Minnesota. No money for social security, medicare/medicaid, unemployment insurance, roads, schools, hospitals, community centers, emergency services, and especially farm subsidies, etc etc. That could help stop taxes from going up. What Bachman, and these other delusional anti-tax people don't get is that it's the big city/urban areas that are paying the most in taxes and it's the rural, suburban places getting the bulk of the benefits. I don't like paying taxes but it's part of the contract I have with this country. And I don't mind people like her family getting the benefits (farm subsidies etc). but I do resent them complaining that they are paying too much in taxes when they get so much from people like me and are barely paying their own way in this country.

    April 8, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    "Americans, quite simply, feel like they're taxed enough already."

    Do you know why we have such a huge deficit? It's because the government DOES NOT COLLECT ENOUGH TAXES to pay for all the stuff Americans like. Social security, medicare, and even the military that the GOP is so fond of cozying up to COST MORE TO RUN than what the government collects in taxes, and that's why we have to borrow so much money from China.

    This is unsustainable. At some point someone's going to have to raise taxes. But the problem is that no politician wants to do this, but someone's going to have to do it eventually.

    April 8, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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