April 8th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Tea Party movement attempts to unite?

(CNN) - The Tea Party activists characterize their movement as grassroots, energetic and growing in size, but organized or unified? Those are not words used very often to discuss a movement divided among national and local chapters across the country.

But Thursday a broad coalition of national and regional Tea Party groups are announcing the formation of the National Tea Party Federation (NTPF). According to a statement from the Tea Party Express, one of the groups participating, the federation is being "established to create a unified message and media response amongst key leadership and their affiliates."

Tea Party leaders say the federation will also serve as a clearinghouse and will be used to promote the movement's objectives, which they say are "fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.

The creation of the federation is being announced at a Tea Party Express rally Thursday morning in St. Paul, Minnesota. The rally is part of the Tea Party Express's third national bus tour, which is scheduled to end on April 15. The Tax Day event is expected to draw various tea party and conservative groups to the nation's capital, and to other rallies expected to be held across the country.

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  1. Quality American

    We're anti Patriot Act and anti illegal war too. That's why I know the fake Tea Partiers are trying to hijack the movement from the real original Tea Party people. Ron Paul supporters are the real Tea Party people. They are for limited government, less taxes, non interventionist unproked wars, torture, spying, etc.

    April 8, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Larry

    What a bunch of right wing-nuts. When I see these folks I think of Frank Burns on 'Mash'. He would be the perfect poster boy for them. They exhibit all of his most deplorable characteristics.

    Remember Ross Perot's group? Where are they now? Bet you a lot of them are Tea baggers. They're such a fringe element, and they never completely go away. Kinda like cicadas or locusts or whatever pest it is that surfaces every few years.

    April 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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