November 12th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Unity message from conservatives

Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey used a Friday news conference for FreedomWorks, his leading conservative grassroots organization, to speak out against talk of friction between Tea Party members and the Republican Party leadership heading into the next Congress.

"For everybody in the press who thinks they've discovered a conflict, I'm sorry you missed the boat. The conflict is on the other side of the aisle," Armey said at the press conference following a two-day FreedomWorks retreat.

He said there is "no conflict," and instead said Republicans are united around one issue.

"To make this new Republican majority the most responsive majority to the will and the needs of the American people than that which we will have seen in our lifetime," Armey said.

The FreedomWorks retreat included discussions of how newly elected Republican members of Congress can advance the agenda of the Tea Party movement once they're sworn in.

About twenty-five newly elected members attended the closed meetings, including Congressman-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina, one of two Republican African Americans that will serve in the next Congress, and Senator-elect Mike Lee of Utah who was the only Senator-elect in attendance.

FreedomWorks is a nonprofit conservative organization based in the nation's capital. It helped train volunteer activists and has provided much of the organization behind the Tea Party movement. It also endorsed and helped get out the vote efforts for many Tea Party backed candidates this past election cycle.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report

Filed under: Dick Armey • FreedomWorks
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. nick

    I beg to differ.. there hasn't been a conservative in the Congress since Harry Byrd II retired.... This bunch is nothing more than reactionaries.

    November 12, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. D. Bunker

    "To make this new Republican majority the most responsive majority to the will and the needs of our faceless and ultrawealthy corporate overlords seeking to destory the American people than that which we will have seen in our lifetime."

    There ya go, Dick, fixed!

    November 13, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. once upon a horse

    just face the facts took advantage of a basically vernable electorate by using fear and mis-information and on top of that millions and millions of un traceable dollars to put your people in office. Also the apathetic Dem/Lib base helped out just as much. Now the fun time comes in Jan where you guys have to deliver. I never thought I would see the day when America would vote in people who not only DON'T have a plan for fixing the economy but only want to keep doing the same exact thing, such as giving the upper 2% tax breaks, that got us in the mess in the first place. But maybe this is what it is going to take for the lazy libs to get off their butts next time and go out and vote and those who were blinded by the right this time will have learned their lesson next time.

    November 13, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. ramtruck2500

    Dick Armey – what a jerk thats all folks!

    November 13, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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