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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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. ART

    Calling all tea baggers please remember to bring along your white shhets and pointy white dunce caps to the rallys

    April 8, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. lolo

    Here we go again. These people need to tell the truth about themselves and their hearts will become lighter and happier. They really hate that we have a black president. This is nothing but a group of hypocrites. Most of these people are getting government assistance and have the nerve to complain about smaller government spending. They really need to pray for themselves. This is not America just for their purposes. The dynamics of the country have changed and they need to either get on board or move to another country like they try to tell the rest of America.

    April 8, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Everyone's Child

    Are they gonna officially retire their pointy white hoods and robes, or are they gonna put them back on and re-unite with their true roots?

    April 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. vet in tx

    I wish they formed up about 9 yrs ago when the goverment unconstitutionally expanded (patriot act), reckless spending (tax cuts, Iraq war costs), and market deregulation. They didn't, therefore they have no credibility! Finally things are done for actual citizens instead of the corporate handouts, and rich welfare. They are being used by all of these hustlers who by the way lost, therefore they stand on a podium and yell bullet points to rally, yet have no clear plan. These people on the stage will steal from you, poison your water, and give your children cancer through deregulation (see the latest WV mine debacle). Through time they have exposed their true feelings and the "socialist boogey man/woman (Obama, Pelosi, Reid) fears are all just to keep them occupied so that the leaders can slip in and "take their country back (from the followers)" putting money back into the pockets of thieves. Enjoy your free mug suckers!

    April 8, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. horse

    here it comes again...the PHALANX OF BUFFOONS to come smash the remains of the GOP to bits.

    thank god for the idiots!

    April 8, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Naldo

    ? Key Leaders ? I thought one of the tenants of Tea Party dogma was NOT to be led around by someone who dictates policy.

    ? Unified Message ? I thought one of tenants of Tea Party dogma was states rights, meaning local issues should outweigh national politics. Thusly my state's water rights for farmers are paramount, while your state's offshore fishing is at the top of the list. Neither can be enforced by eliminating all govt. agencies, but you lose automatically by whittling your agenda down to only what your "leaders" want.

    R.I.P. Tea Party, we hardly knew ye.....

    April 8, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. alphonso

    you all r repiglicans anyway

    April 8, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Inabon Yunes

    When the Tea-baggers, in their largest rally, gather more people than Obama in his worst day, then they have a movement.
    Poor sack of loosers!

    April 8, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Duck Fallas

    They want to federalize. Too funny.

    April 8, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. mm daniels

    what about the governor of the kkk state of virginia.

    April 8, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Phil in KC

    I'm not sure how much of a "grass roots" organization this is. It may present that image outwardly, but it seems to me to be steered and organized by certain factions of the Republican party. They just want you to think that these are common, every-day citizens who represent main-stream America. They don't.

    April 8, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. WJS486

    NTPF-this looks like fun!!!

    Naturally Totally Pathetic Fools?
    Need Toilet Paper Fast?
    Now Totally Paranoid Forever?

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

    Lifted straight from the Libertarian's website. Real original.

    This stuff will keep evolving until it reaches it's final destination–what these conservative mutants really want, even if they don't know it yet, is a return to Antebellum South-rule by the wealthy.

    Keep whistling in the dark, fools-see you in November!

    April 8, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Scott

    What a joke. A group whose primary focus is on taxes and yet when polled, 98% of the Tea Party members throught taxes has either remained the same or gone up in the last year while in reality, taxes dropped for 95% of American families. When only 2% of a group whose primary plank is taxes have a clue about what is actually happening with taxes... that speaks volumes about the movement.

    April 8, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. hongli

    This TEA-PARTY MOVEMENT is downright crazy and RACIAL. Blame this on the IDIOT Sarah Palin.

    April 8, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. amy

    The truth is that they are promoting "pure anarchy"

    except for the fact that they dont' even know what it means!!!!!!!


    April 8, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Mike

    The Tea Party is made up of not only Republicans but Democrats and Independents. As a matter of face Democrats and Independents are a larger percentage than Republicans. Oh yes, sweet "CHANGE" is coming in 2010 and 2012.

    April 8, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I bet the Tea Partiers all praise Gov. McDonnell's decision as well.

    April 8, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "established to create a unified message and media response amongst key leadership and their affiliates."

    In other words, so they can pool their money and buy national advertising spots.

    April 8, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. NYDavud

    This is long over-due for an organization that has some relevant goals that both sides can key into.
    Perhaps then other organizations will take CNN's lead and look past their initial reputation.

    April 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. geecee

    Just a bunch of hatemongers with an opportunity to express their anger and fear at having a black man as President. They exist for no other reason, and they aren't fooling anybody about their outrage over government "spending"!!! Hopefully, they will end up cannibalizing themselves and the Republican Party.

    April 8, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Debbie from AZ

    This is the Tea Party Express's third national bus tour. Do any of these people have jobs? Are they all independently wealthy? Retired? Those huge RVs they tour around in cost at least $100,000 each. Please! Stay our of my state. Tea Party members who actually live here are fine. I believe they have the right to support who they want, but I really take offense at out of state folks coming here and getting involved in our states politics. They should go to their own states and work on their own local elections.

    April 8, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. David

    If it wants to unite, then get rid of the Palins and Becks that are trying to hijack it to continue the two-party scam.

    April 8, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Voice of Reason

    YEah so much for being 'grassroots'. This was blatent Astroturfing from day 1 – but now, fed on hypocrisy, fear and a level of ignorance not seen since the dark ages – Frankenstein's monster is gaining a life of it's own. Maybe if we're lucky it will kill it's creator before lumbering off into the village.

    At least this way, ther'll be an organization that the press will go to and ask for clarification on ridiculous assumptions from the 'birthers' the 'tenthers' and the rest of the tea-party paranoid lunatic fringe.

    My prediction: If you want to be a part of the system, you gotta save face and have money to survive. You'll see this organization quickly learn to do the 'political two-step' and start peddling influence as well as any other corrupt party.

    Plus we'll see Sarah Palin at the front of this 'Ignorant and Proud of it!" Parade. Blech.

    April 8, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. al in memphis

    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

    Ahh, the beauty of free speech while someone else takes on the harsh duties of trying to straighten this mess out.

    I agree with free markets and limited government-but, you first have to have a greed-free corporate and banking climate for it to work like it did when this country was founded.

    April 8, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, Va

    NTPF -aka- KKK

    April 8, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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