April 8th, 2010
10:25 AM ET
11 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. Marge

    I suppose they will be glad to come out of the closet and use their real name KKK>.....Quiterella leader of the tea bags would join them.

    April 8, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. American Patriot - a true "tea partier"

    The federation promotes the movement's objectives - do these people NOT watch television? Everybody knows that the Federation has the Prime Directive which states they cannot interfere with other life forms. 🙂

    But in all honesty, let's look beyond the nutcases and the weirdos that have risen to the top of the media blitz about the tea party. If they were truly for fiscal responsibility, a constitutionally limited government and free markets, where were they when Bush destroyed all that for us? Why weren't they protesting the excesses and destruction of the Constitution by the Bush regime? Why are they coming out now when we have a president who wants to restore the rule of law as governed by the Constitution?

    They're timing makes no sense.

    April 8, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Isn't THAT special?..............

    April 8, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Pedro

    Who do these people think they are kidding? The whole group is a creation of Rupert Murdock. It has, as such, a leader. They are all too blind or ignorant to know that they are being played for the purposes of ratings by a corporation.

    April 8, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. James Miller

    One doesn`t need to look far to see Dick Armey`s hand print all over the Tea Partiers. ----– The poor dupes !!!!!

    April 8, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    Well, this is America, after all. Somebody is bound to step in front of the parade and proclaim themselves the Grand WhoHa, or whatever. There's money to be made.

    Soon, we'll have teaparty exploitation movies, teaparty rock (and rap). Teaparty novels and tv shows ("I met my Vampire lover at the teaparty party". Gotta get the young voters involved, and they like vampires.)

    Let's make some money!!

    April 8, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. James

    Tea Party Express is headed by Dick Armey, former Republican House Majority Leader. He also lobbies in Washington to the tune of $750,000 a year. Doesn't sound like an outsider to me. The tea party is the biggest front of a 'movement' I have ever seen.

    April 8, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Stacie

    Unite around what...Confederate History Month?

    April 8, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Kelby

    I remember many elections where there was an extra Democratic candidate or a 3rd party candidate that would spoil the election for the Democrats. The 3rd candidate would always spoil elections for Democrats, while Republicans always presented a united front with a candidate that would tow that party line as if his soul depended upon it.
    Now that the Tea Party is uniting and gaining momentum AND hopefully offers candidates for federal elections, THEY will spoil every single election they participate in...FOR THE REPUBLICANS!
    This movement is a blessing in disguise...FOR THE DEMOCRATS!
    They are a loud, misguided, misinformed, fearful, angry, hateful, hopeless MINORITY.
    Those who do or would vote Democratic no longer slumber in a state of apathy. My hope is that the same people who showed up to the polls to elect Barack Obama as President of The United States of America and swept the Democrats into power, will return to the polls this November. If that happens, WE WIN AGAIN and we can continue on the road to recovery.

    April 8, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. David in Houston

    "...will be used to promote the movement's objectives, which they say are "fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets"

    They conveniently left out hatred, racism, bigotry, the intentional spreading of misinformation...

    April 8, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Good. The more organized they become, the more votes they will steal from republicans. Say buh-bye, GOP. November will be very interesting. Have a nice day

    April 8, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Independent

    I'm an independent and I'm definitely for limit gov. and less spending. However, I am not naive. I know taxes must be raised to pull us out the debt which was created by the Bush/Obama Adm. Lastly,, I could never be apart of the teaparty, THE ARE TOOOOO DIVISIVE. I would choose repub/demo before ever choosing a teaparty candidate

    April 8, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    These deluded birth-baggers are an embarrassment to our nation. I hope they do unite...I hope they do come together in one area so they can all be put in a box, some bright wrapping paper and a pretty bow applied, and then a heavey rock tied-on - and then toss it all into a deep lake.

    April 8, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. SpringGambit

    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

    Sure. Because promoting bigotry, racism, hypocrisy, and sedition doesn't quite make for good memo material . . . eh, T-Pers?

    April 8, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Fitz In Texas

    "National Tea Party Federation (NTPF)"

    Wonderful idea!

    April 8, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Brian

    I think the Tea Party will quickly realize that the only thing they can agree on is that they hate having a black president.

    April 8, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Albert R. K.

    So those grassroots Tea Party activists that we see on TV are concerned abot fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets? Give me a break! To me they look like the rest of us middle class Americans who are concerned about making the rent, feeding the kids and paying the bills and the corporations running the Tea Party are only offering flag waiving and speeches about fear and that will never pay our bills.

    April 8, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. The Voice

    They mean more white, old, retired, racists are joining the Tea Bagger Party.

    April 8, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. aunt Bea and Opie

    If Dick Armey is involved,it aint worth a spit.The real Tea Party was hijacked months ago.They lost all credibility when this lowlife got involved.

    April 8, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Richard, CA

    I'm for lower taxes, but not simply by cutting programs. I woudl rather cut defense spending (because it's extremely bloated) and ending the war (in fact, stop starting wars all together). If the TP agrees, then they are ok with me.

    If they want to continue to police the world and spend 800 billion per year maintaining the military industrialized complex, yet complain about taxes, then they are nothing more than idiot republicans masquerading as a grass-roots movement (which is what I suspect).

    April 8, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    "fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets."

    Translation: Spend money on unfunded wars; cut all social spending – every person for themselves; corporations can do whatever they want in their pursuit to make a buck without consequence or accountability, regardless of the harm they cause individuals, communities and our planet.

    Pretty far from the Founders vision of a government that promotes the "general welfare" and insures "domestic Tranquility."

    These teabaggers are nothing but a bunch of selfish, ignorant jerks, determined to tear our country apart!

    April 8, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Minnesotan

    Can't wait to see the signs these anti-intellectual dullards come up with: "Tea Partiers Untie!" LOL

    April 8, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. sameolebluedog

    Let's not forget that the Tea Party is a for profit organization. Therefore, they are subject to all the taxes and renuminations present in the United States tax code.

    April 8, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Party Like It's 1965

    The Tea Party isn't a party, If it were, they'd be running an 3rd candidate against the Democrat & the Republican. They are not doing that.

    The so-called "Tea Party" is an attempt by Republican politicians to fake a distinction between themselves and some other group with the hopes that they can pull more votes.

    How can you unite a group of people that include the radical, racist, fringe elements of the Republican party with anyone that takes the time to think? What independent really wants to be associated with the same homophobic, race baiting, rich folks 1st slime buckets that backed Bush from 2000 to 2008. Certainly not me.

    April 8, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. FM

    Any movement or activity which has no leader ends up in a chaotic situation. Even a herd of cows, has a cowboy leading them where they should head to.

    April 8, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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