September 22nd, 2010
11:21 AM ET
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Tea Party Express reveals details on new tour


 The Tea Party Express is setting out for another bus tour culminating on Election Day. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - Get ready for a fourth cross-country bus tour from the Tea Party Express.

The national Tea Party organization, best known for its three cross country caravans, and for recently helping conservative candidates such as Joe Miller in Alaska and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, scored upsets in Republican Senate primaries over establishment GOP candidates, says it will make a "major announcement" Monday about its upcoming tour.

But the press release Wednesday from the group did reveal the name of the trip: "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box."

A source with knowledge of the upcoming tour tells CNN that the bus trip will last approximately two weeks and will culminate on November 2, which is Election Day. The source says that the tour will end in Nevada, homestate to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who faces a challenging re-election this year. Tea Party Express has targeted Reid in its previous tours.

The Tea Party Express launched its first tour in late August of last year. That trip ended in nation's capitol as part of a large anti-tax "March on D.C." event that attracted Tea Party activists from across the country. The group held a second bus tour last autumn and launched their third in March with a large rally headlined by Sarah Palin in Searchlight, Nevada, Reid's hometown.

Earlier this year, Tea Party Express, which is based in Sacramento, California, also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads to help Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts, who upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a January special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat.

This summer, the organization helped the little-known Sharron Angle win the Republican primary in Nevada, endorsing her and spending about a half-million dollars on ads.

But not all the news for the Tea Party Express has been positive. Earlier this summer, the National Tea Party Federation, which seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, expelled the Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post one of its leaders, Mark Williams, wrote responding to criticism of the Tea Party movement from the NAACP. The story made national headlines and Williams later stepped down as spokesman for Tea Party Express.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Ode to the Hatriots

    And I bet John McCain is just sick over the fact that he opened the door for Sarah Palin, the number one nut job. She's an idiot, yet she's smart enough to keep saying crazy things and make millions off a bunch of tools...go figure

    September 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. KLK

    Tea Partier= silly hateful redneck

    September 22, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. laine

    oh goodie, the KKK express is on the road again. Who exactly are you taking the country back from? Take back OUR (meaning white mans) country. From who that Negroe you never wanted to win, What were you doing when your buddy bush was wasting money and making his VP rich with that BS war? you had not problem with that. THE President was handed a country in a mess and he has done the best his can despite the Repubs and conservative NO folks trying to ruin it. It's sad you racist would rather let the country fail than work with someone who actually cares about the people who live in this country. Not just the people who line their pockets.

    September 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Bill

    Never been to a Tea Party event or sent them money but I sure am thinking about it. With all the lies and hatred I see from the fringe elements who have been running the Democratic Party the last 4 years I would vote for Tea Party candidates. Most of these flame throwing "supposed" intellectuals I see on the ticker probably don't even have college degrees. And you know they sure as h@ll haven't run a business.

    September 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. geecee

    What's with those slogans on the side of the bus? "Restore Honor", "Honor the Constitution". The Republicans did neither in their 8 years in the White House. They nearly destroyed this country and sent it close to bankruptcy; they trampled the Constitution. Why are the tbaggers making it look like these issues exist now? Most Americans Honor this Country and love our Constitution. It's the crazy right-wing conservative haters who are dishonoring all this Country stands for, including our Constitution!

    September 22, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Thelma Webster

    These TPers are always talking about what the Obama Administration is NOT doing but they can't say what they WILL do!


    September 22, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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