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.

Filed under: 2010 • Tea Party movement
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Typical Teabagger

    All aboard the short yellow bus! Let's fire up the bigots and spread the hate!

    October 18, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope the Tea Party Express catches a flat.

    October 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Flan

    The Tea Partyers see this as "political war." Last time I looked we Americans are supposed to be working with not against each other, much less at war. These folks have yet to learn that the handshake is stronger than the fist. Creating division does nothing to help unify. If they think they are sole guardians of the truth, let them humble themselves and learn to live with not against thy neighbor.

    October 18, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. CNN watcher

    "However, the crowd was considerably smaller than the last rally Palin kicked off for the Tea Party Express."
    ^ Ha!!! That's because people have grown tired of this money grubbing tea tagger.

    October 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. SuperD

    Tea Party Express is coming! Gonna knock you over if you don't get out of the way!

    Take the country back, purge govt of Liberals and Progressives! Nov 2!

    October 18, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    We are already fired up. Just listening to that corrupt liar in the White House and reading the posts in here from th libs fires me up.

    October 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin never talks about science, math and education for our children. There are 10 women presidents around the world who have two and three degrees; economics, doctors, education, science, law, industry and trade, etc. and they worked in their fields before becoming presidents, their spouses are equal. Look at Todd and Sarah Palin, water seeks it's own level. Is this what America wants to present to the World.

    October 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Jacob

    she is a mean, nasty woman!

    October 18, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Video Guy

    Another Pay Day for the Palin family. I guess after Nov elections she will do a pinup for Playboy, and then off somewhere warm for retirement.

    October 18, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    As much ado as you Media and OBAMA FOLLOWERS who are so hateful calling this woman Palin stupid and ignorant and whatever four letter name you can think of only confirms all us Millions of Americans that she is the woman this country needs. We do not need no more Muslim oriented foreigners holding down the Oval office whose only intent is to destroy the American way of life. Thank God after Nov. he will not be able to implement any of his so-called programs. But one damage has been done that we may never be able to undo that is the 16 trillion dollars he has plunged us into of debt. Don't start holloring that Bush did it. The Democrat congreess for the last six years did it. He has destroyed relations that hopefully England and Israel can overlook and consider the source of an uneducated baboom who has no conscience or the mentality to even care about the U.S. He mnust go and hopefully the new U.S. Congress will impeach his sorry rear. I am so tired of his uhs and aws and looking offinto space before looking for a cue card with his speach making. He is just plain dumb. He and his high class wife want-a-be needs to be rund out of this nation. I am sure Iran will open their doors for him..

    October 18, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. S. in California

    Yes (s)arah we all know your motto "ALL THINGS WHITE" right? I'm so sick of Robin(hood) and her merry band of bigots I could scream. McCain should be asking ALL of us for forgiveness everyday for bringing this low life into existence.

    Please people for the sake of sanity vote democratic.

    Democrats. Right for America.

    October 18, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Bill in California

    RIP DIMRATS 2010. EMPEROR 2012.

    October 18, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Clint, Wa.

    Thump, thump, was that a speed bump? No, I think it was Sarah.

    October 18, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. mary225

    The stated mission of the Tea Party is to dismantle our government. Why would anyone vote for them? The followers are unwittingly becoming domestic terrorists who have been fooled into thinking they are patriotic Americans. When the government is ripped apart by these fools, what will replace it? Do they think that far ahead?

    October 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. MartiM, Plano, TX

    It is a wonderment that Sarah Palin, someone who resigned a governorship half way through her term, is still given credibility in any way, shape or form. She was one representative of 50 9state governors) – a hugely visible and responsible position in this country. It seems to be that she resigned to cash in on her noteriety; it is a shame that the public and media give her so much attention and line her pockets. She is a small-town mayor and quitter – will we ever get our fill of her? I wonder.

    October 18, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Good luck! "Kevin" in India really is depending on more GOP support, so he can keep your job. Don't bother asking where the Chamber of Commerce gets their $ either because the Republicans say the "free market" is the solution to everything, even if you don't have a job.

    October 18, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. seebofubar

    I hope Obama and Biden run into Palin in Vegas. The line is 500:1 that she'll eat them for lunch. Those two are not worthy of being in the same state as Palin.

    October 18, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Monster Zero

    Yes, the awakening has begun, be afraid progressives for when the tide does turn your boat will be without a paddle so far up that infamous creek you will think you are the headwaters! To coin good old Joe Biden, "If we lose this, it is going to be a big F-in deal." Okay, close enough and when the trials commence for ALL of those that have been committing treason to the People of America, we will see who stands tall before the man!

    October 18, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. S. in California

    On another note: should the people of Nevada actually be stupid enough to seat this crazy Angle woman, I will be canceling my trip there (I would rather lose the money). I refuse to spend ANY money in a state where Angle is being sent to represent the interest of the people. Do people really hate our president's color that much? It's not his polices – so stop lying. Anytime people would vote to lose their social security and unemployment benefits, etc., tells me they are NOT voting based on polices. What a shame to be so hateful.

    October 18, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. beth

    A Tea Party Tour. God help us!! I'm just grateful that early voting has started so the influence of these dangerous people is not so powerful.

    October 18, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. beth

    Wow!! Monster Zero sounds a lot like Timothy McVeigh.

    October 18, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. 15 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    The only "strategy" the clueless DemocRATS can execute is to smear every opponent with baseless insane stories charges of extremism. Look all around the country and you see the same pathetic BS being played.

    But the American people have witnessed the EXTREMISM OF LIBERALS AND PROGRESSIVES over the last 2-4 years. Extremists that disregard the will of the American people and jam laws down our throats. Extremists that will tax and spend this country into bankruptcy. Extremists that think they can FORCE PEOPLE TO BUY PRODUCTS THEY DICTATE!

    On November 2nd, the American people will reject the extreme leftists that have taken over the government, America WILL be taken back by its people.

    October 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Moosehead

    The far right wackos are a bunch of lemmings,.. following their paid piper into the abyss,.. clueless, over rated, over hyped windbag Palin.

    October 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Gale

    Sarah Palin has never expressed the kind of hatred that comes up on this ticker. Why do you think she keeps on going if she is so very unqualified, stupid, and racist as you say. If anyone dares disagree with Obama, they are labeled a racist. Get real people, before your own racism destroys you! And it's coming!

    October 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    WOW! Let's start with the plastic surgery (it's more than botox she has had). Soon she won't look like herself and nobody will recognize her.
    I am not even going to comment on her smaller government, less taxes and faithful adherence to the constitution when they are the ones who want to change three or four amendments. I guess she didn't hear about her boy miller in AK and how they treated a reporter?
    I do want to say this. She is the only person that I know of that can clear out one cafeteria and two lunchrooms if not by her presence by her voice. This happened at work today when cnn decided to enlighten us with that woman and that voice. She's getting worse instead of better. The decibel of her voice can probably make a baby deaf. and dogs cringe.
    Thirty stops in 15 days. It sounds like some porn movie and she is the ugly over the hill star".

    October 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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