October 18th, 2010
02:59 PM ET
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Tea Party Express fires up army of supporters in kickoff of fourth national tour

Reno, Nevada (CNN) - Some two weeks before the midterm elections, Tea Party activists are set to fire up their army of supporters to forge ahead in, what they see as, a political war.

Their prime tactic: crisscross the country urging voters to oust Democrats from office and purge the Republican Party of members deemed "RINOS," or "Republicans in Name Only" considered not conservative enough.

On Monday, that tactic is on full display in Reno, Nevada as the Tea Party Express kicked off its fourth national tour. The group's "Liberty at the Ballot Box" tour is their fourth since 2009 and their last of the 2010 election cycle.

It will make 30 stops over 15 days, ending in Concord, New Hampshire one day before the critical midterm elections.

The Reno kickoff is being headlined by none other than Sarah Palin. Hours before she was set to appear, fans of the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee streamed onto the site of the rally. Many in the crowd and on stage were enthusiastic to hear from Palin.
However, the crowd was considerably smaller than the last rally Palin kicked off for the Tea Party Express, in Searchlight, Nevada in March.

Palin has lent political star power and considerable time helping to spread the message of Tea Party movement: smaller government, less taxes, deflating a bloated federal deficit and urging lawmakers toward more faithful adherence to the Constitution.

Palin, and other supporters of the movement, staunchly support Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle as she tries to unseat the most powerful Democrat in the Senate: Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Polls show the race between the two candidates to be essentially deadlocked.

Tea Party activists hope to help Angle surge ahead in the Nevada race as well in other races with Tea Party-backed candidates such as Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, Rand Paul in Kentucky and others.

Democrats continue to push their own strategy to smack back the bids of Tea Party candidates. Vice President Joe Biden will also campaign in Reno, on Wednesday, for Reid. President Obama will appear at fundraisers on Reid's behalf on Friday from Vegas. This is in addition to campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons in Delaware, last week.

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  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Half the GOP clones that post here sound a lot like Timothy McVeigh.

    October 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Tom in STL

    Does anyone edit these stories? The proper name of the city where Obama will be speaking is "Las Vegas", not just "Vegas".

    October 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What is interesting, especially about Monster Zero, is the only people we hear talking treason these days are the tea party and their supporters. If any anti-government of this level was spewed during the W administration, they would have been dragged off as unlawful enemy combatants to some location where Dick Cheney could supervise their interrogations. How about asking your Alaskan Golden Child to compare her income tax returns with yours? See just how much she is "like" you with her 7-figure income. Ask her about her husband and his membership in a group that favored Alaskan secession. Ask just how much time she spends with Trigg. If he is such a special needs child, where is his mother?

    Only one other question. If the Tea Party movement is in favor of the sanctity of life and is totally opposed to any and all abortions (and probably contraception, too, until they start finding themselves involved in unwanted pregnancies – then see how fast they change their minds), then how can you also be in favor of the death penalty, as it is the ultimate termination of sacred life?

    Closing Statement #1 – You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts – D.P. Moynahan.
    Closing Statement #2 – People get the government they deserve – B. Franklin
    Closing Statement #3 – Every conservative becomes a liberal the second the handcuffs go on him – me.

    October 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. No Tea For Me

    I voted early this morning. About 50 people were in line when the polls opened. Most of us were retrees in line and Republicans. All I heard when standing in line was how sick people are of Palin, the tea party and FOX. Most of the people said they were voting Democrat to take the country back from lunatics.

    October 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. No Tea For Me

    I meant retirees in line to vote.

    October 18, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. barry

    Our country would be so much better if Palin and Obama both would both move to another country. They are both just a like. Palin is always complaining about Democrats and Obama is always playing the victim. Neither one is capable of telling the truth. Can't wait till 2012 put them both out and hopefully elect Hillary.

    October 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. jilli

    Ah, Americas Princess – inside the fox echo chamber. Why didn't the CA candidates appear with Palin? Can you say T-o-x-i-c? Yes, she has her following, but it's a small minority – never enough to win a national election. America doesn't relish quitters, especially blatant opportunistic money grubbing quitters like the dimwitted ms p.

    October 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Jane

    Look at this photo. Sinister, snake Sarah Palin knows exactly what she is doing. She is spreading the gospel of divide, mistrust and takeover. I am telling you, this woman is evil. Look at the snake grin on her face. She is working up the frenzy folks ala Hitler style. This broad is dangerous. She is no good I tell you.

    October 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    After the results are in November 2nd, the new congress will be going in with a clear message from the American people. Shrink government and get control of spending.

    October 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. stufthis

    When I went to school, I got to ride in the big bus, and the right wingnuts came to school in a small bus.

    October 18, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. PacificView

    The likes of Angle and ODonnel are an insult to voters.

    October 18, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. stufthis

    @I want my country back. . . You wrote crazy things in your wingnut manifesto;
    1. Conservatives are not the majority, but represent the greatest wealth. Your base is 25% and is shrinking.
    2. If you think debt is driving this election, you right wingnuts would have rejected Reagan, both Bushes, and the republicans who support unfunded taxes and wars.
    3. Our great nation is great because of our diversity and equality, not because the wealthiest make all the decisions.
    4. There is no way that a full time blogger like you pays the largest amount of taxes.

    October 18, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. steven harnack

    They'll soon die out just like their model, the Know Nothing Party did 150 years ago. The Know Nothings were immigrant haters too and their backers didn't want anyone to make their identities public either, just like the Koch brothers and Rove's "social welfare" groups. They weren't called the Know Nothings for the obvious reason. They were called that because when you asked them about their party they were supposed to reply "I know nothing", much as the teaparty candidates do when they are asked questions by the media. And speaking of the media, I wonder why they haven't pointed out the obvious parallels?

    October 18, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. mary

    They think they have won!!!! The election is 11-2-10 and they may get a surpise there is a silent majority that will show up to vote to restore sanity!!!!

    October 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. stufthis

    TOTAL FACT is a TOTAL MORON. . . You say the democrats have been in control of congress for six years, (sworn in on January of 2007-2010) and you say we can't blame Bush for the unfunded tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, the unfunded wars, the lying about WMD's, unfunded drug programs, outsourcing American Jobs, the bank bailout the near depression, the 200 cases of domestic terrorism from 2001-2003, torture, rendition, easing of environmental regulations, selling out to big oil and Wall Street, and no plans to win in Afghanistan. In your world, I wonder what color the sky is.

    October 18, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The U.S. will be blessed if this bus tour is a waste of fuel. Americans are being misled by these self serving politicians that just want to steal from the middle class and give it to the wealthy, who will continue to invest it overseas. The republicans are the true re-distributers of wealth in this country. Most of it into their own pockets, and the average American is duped into thinking these neo cons are their friends.

    October 18, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. pc

    sarah palin is sure going to alot of trouble just to take down the black man that cheated her out of becoming president!
    she is such a dim-wit that she still does not realize the 2008 race is over .....SHE LOST darn it.
    sarah palin is a disgrace to women and america if the tea baggers are elected ,we will be set back one hundred years.
    i despise the woman!

    October 18, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    The teabaggers are all traitors to the US. This half term governor and her bully husband were members of the AK independent party. An organization that wants to secede from the Union.
    Is this what the teabaggers call a patriot? If this was really 1775 (I think she said) they would be shot for treason.
    This woman is worse than hitler but much more dangerous.
    @gale – where have you been in the last two years? This woman is a hateful individual and the only thing she knows to shrill is hate. She has no solutions, no ideas and she continues to campaign against the President because not once, but twice, she was defeated by a black person. I don't know much about Ms. Alaska but I know enough about the President to know the quitter is not worthy of cleaning his shoes with her tongue.

    October 18, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    Who cares! President Obama had a rally yesterday with over 35,000 people in the stands. But do you think CNN would mention this. No, because it doesn't fit into their little storyline that the dems are not motivated. They are so fixed on promoting their little media whore Palin that they couldn't show any of the president's rallies, but made sure they showed that hate filled speech of Palin's.

    October 18, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |

    All Democrats are nut jobs. Vote 100% Republican and bring back Amierica tthat has been highjacked from the Obama Admiistration. Sarah Palin and the Tea Part are the greatest thing to happen since slice bread.

    October 18, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Last time I looked we Americans are supposed to be working with not against each other, much less at war."

    Obama and the far-Left weren't working "with" the majority of Americans when they imposed Obamacare on a country most of the voters of which did not want it. They weren't working "with" a majority of us when they bailed out GM's unions and "stimulated" nothing but the growth of government and public-employee unions.

    Obama and the Dems started this war by threatening the economic future of this country, and by arrogantly refusing to listen to the majority of us–and Obama's Waterloo is coming up in fifteen more days.

    October 18, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. stufthis

    They wouldn't be in a bus if gas was still over $4 a gallon like it was in Bush's last summer.

    October 18, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Adalbert

    Sarah barracuda is leading the teebaggers and their naïve friends into the gutter.

    October 18, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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