Senate Tea Party caucus holds first meeting Thursday
January 26th, 2011
05:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Senate Tea Party caucus holds first meeting Thursday

(CNN) - Tea Party activists from around the country will gather on Capitol Hill Thursday for a question and answer session with three of their favorite senators at the first official gathering of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.

"What we're trying to do, with Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and I'm sure eventually others, is to make sure all the activists know that we're still listening–we want to get their input, we want to keep them up to date with what we're doing. So it's more a forum than a caucus to keep that interaction going," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, told CNN.

DeMint, along with Paul of Kentucky, and Lee of Utah, are currently the only three members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus. Other notable Tea Party-backed senators – such as Marco Rubio of Florida and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin - haven't joined the caucus yet.

Ironically, the gathering of the grass roots organization will take place in a large hearing room in the Hart Senate office building that has been home to countless establishment events. Many Supreme Court justices have had their confirmation hearings in Hart Senate office building room 216 and the Senate Finance Committee held hearings in that room as it began crafting the health care reform law that helped trigger the Tea Party movement.

Filed under: Jim DeMint • Senate • Tax deal
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Vet in TX

    I'll bet they will all be sitting indian style in a circle with Bachmann dancing trying to see who can reach the ceiling first. The tea party has been exposed for who they really are, and is a complete joke. The only people who support them are the one's who used their social security checks to send them money, and the people who accepted said monies.

    Tea partiers do this:

    keep a pen and pad handy and start listing everything that your elected members are doing that they said they would do, and list the things they aren't doing that they said they were going to do. Also, please check everthing your told when it comes to numbers because Bachmann lied about everything she said. It's already been proven, you've been played and know will you admit it. In 2 years when the other 53% of the country votes, you will see America wasn't created by a miracle as Bachmann stated.

    January 26, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Seminolewoman

    I think the media should stop referring to the TEA PARTY as a party when it is clearly not. It does not fit the definition of a legitimate political party. In reality, None of its "candidates" ran as Tea Party candidates on any ballot in the U.S. it is Republican Plan B. It is a media-driven movement at best. Therefore, it should not have been allotted rebuttal time. If the media does it for them, they might as well have Ralph Nader's Green Party and others air their rebuttals.

    January 26, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Gil

    These republican terrorist need to bes topped!

    January 26, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Nancy5545

    The Tea Party does not speak for the majority of Americans.

    January 26, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    [DeMint, along with Paul of Kentucky, and Lee of Utah, are currently the only three members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.]

    AND THEY HAVE A NERVE TO HOLD A MEETING??????????????????????????

    Let's stick with our current leader, President Obama, as he set forth to WIN the FUTURE and MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!What a waste of tax payer's money!!!

    January 26, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Oops, meant to remove "What a waste of tax payer's money!!! But then again, Empty meetings are a waste of Taxpayer's money!!

    January 26, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Velo

    Tea filth. Three favorite senators, eh? Come on Republicans...clean house of this slime.

    January 26, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |