Mixed signals from Tea Party at rally
April 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Mixed signals from Tea Party at rally

Washington (CNN) - As the clock ticks toward a government shutdown, Tea Party activists are turning up the heat. Hundreds of conservative activists rallied Wednesday near the steps of the U.S. Capitol chanting, "Shut it down."

"It's time for taxpayers to take back the government. And let's shut it down for a few days. It's not going to come to a catastrophic end," said David Williams with the Taxpayer Protection Alliance.

Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence was right there with them.

"If liberals in the Senate would rather play games in this process and force a government shutdown rather than accepting what is a small down payment on fiscal discipline, then we should just shut it down," Pence said.

But Minnesota Republican and Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann stopped short of calling for a shutdown, telling CNN she thinks a deal can be reached.

"I think we will see a resolution by Friday. I think in all likelihood it will happen," Bachmann said. But she acknowledged the current stalemate over a budget for this fiscal year is heading toward the brink.

"A lot of us are concerned," Bachmann said.

Even some of the Tea Party protestors are conflicted. Activist John Oltsevig was dressed as a Revolutionary War patriot and waving a sign that read, "Shut 'Er Down." But he said the sign was only symbolic.

"I don't want the government to shut down. I'm making a point," Oltsevig said. "We need to get serious about cutting our budget," he added.

Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Mike Pence • Tea Party
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. IndeePendant

    Tea Party Chickening out? Who are they taking their instructions from? Not GOP certainly... hmmm

    April 6, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Dylan

    Look at this pics !! Nothing else to say !!...We are in 21st century...not 18th century

    April 6, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. B

    The tea Party people are extremists that with no sense of the effects they are having and will destroy the Republicans in the process and that is good.

    April 6, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. bearced

    Once again they all look like they are on Social Security, would they be in favor of a government shut down if they didn't receive their check?????????

    April 6, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. connie

    I do not see any mixed signals on the signs. So I am supposed to believe an opinionated story by CNN. Not going to happen. You lame stream media are what is wrong with America.

    April 6, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Patrick Lewis

    Yes, Please. Tea Party, shut down the government. Please give the Democrats the broom with which to sweep you into the dustbin of political history. You are not serious.

    April 6, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Laverne

    The dems were so angry at President Obama they did not get off their butts and vote in November and that tactic backfired on them. A lesson is being learned by the dems and I betcha the turn out will be different in 2012, there is too much at stake and suffering is always a motivator to get off your butt!

    April 6, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Jeff In Ohio

    100's? All those Hoverounds must have caused quiet a traffic jam. How about the tens of thousands this shut down will send home without pay? How about the 1000's of people who rely on delivery of government services who will not receive them? Why does the Tea party hate America so much?

    April 6, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. rusty155

    A Tea Party people If the Government shut down the House and the Senate and the President will till get pay, the only one that NOT GOING TO GET PAY IS the U.S.Troop and the people who work for the Government. Republican and the Tea Party is not trying to any anything about the size of Government like the Tea Party and the Republican say they was going to do In stead all you are doing Is taking everything from the middle class ,the poor and the old. Either one of you are trying to bring the size of the Government down. And Mike Pence you will never get my vote for GOV. of Indiana, any body up there rally with Tea Party and saying to shut the Government down and not let people get pay like the Troop fighting a wars that you Republican started now you don't want to pay them. I don't want you being GOV. of my state. The TEA PARTY should learn that Republican don't care about the AMERICAN PEOPLE they only care about the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS and If you know that you are just as bad as they are.

    April 6, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. David

    That picture of the rally shows mostly retired folks who I'm sure are benefiting from Social Security and Medicare / Medicaid. I don't understand their mentality. Closing down the government will directly impact them in a very negative way. People really need to take time to learn about the budget, study it, and learn basic economics before jumping on a bandwagon that aims at hurting lots of people if their agenda is fulfilled.

    April 6, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. David Wallace

    Again, the truly outrageous thing here is that CNN continues to give these whackos a platform and validate their crap. "Hundreds" of people rallied in D.C. Oooooh! There are more people at a junior high basketball game in Podunk. Disgusting! Man up, CNN, and quit contributing to the skewed perspectives being spewed/promoted!

    April 6, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Earthchild

    It is about time that we the people must stand up against the TEA/GOP party before they destroy our country! Their intent is clear. They want to obliterate us, the middle class. I cannot understand how we are too blind to see this! They hate our president and they hate all the people that voted for him.

    April 6, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The photo looks like a bunch of grumpy old retired white men who never wanted to replaced by a younger man on their job, but were forced to retire. Technology has replaced their outdated ideas along with the younger generation, so step aside and take your seat in the rocking chair, grandpa's.

    April 6, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. CB

    I wonder if the guy with retired air force hat realizes that if the government shuts down he doesn't get his retirement check?

    April 6, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. LouAZ

    Oh my . . . hundreds huh ! Well that clearly shows the will of the people now doesn't it ?

    April 6, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Russ

    Would these people stop with the BS sayings about taking back our country and our government. For crying out loud, nobody has taken anything anywhere. What the hell are they talking about. If they want to yell about taking anything back, how about taking it back from the corporations that own congress.

    April 6, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    So let me think this through, the government shuts down.

    Now, how would I view this shut down if I were a group of terrorists, say as in Iraq?

    Probably as a very good opportunity to strike

    That would accomplish the GOP agenda for "America to fail"!!

    April 6, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Name king

    Why the repugs allowed these militia gangs that had been hiding in the back woods of the southern states planning to overthrow this government for years, allowed them to take over mainstreet America, especially when their is a black man as president. These folks dispise government. Now the repugs have given them all the power to do what they've been training to do since the equal right laws took affect in the 60s, over throw the goverent! Do you really think these people with an opportunity like this would let it go to waste, even if the dems conceded 100 percent they will not let their dreams of shutting down the government go to waste, this a Scott walker remedy, my way or the high way, and don't bother to concede either, because we will just change the game, as they stick their tongues out and run inside their houses.

    April 6, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Russ

    If you look at the picture with this article.......mostly angry old white men that are most likely frustrated by their wives. Do they not understand they have the most to lose by cutting spending? Like their Social Security and Medicare. How dumb can you get.

    April 6, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Don W

    So what will all those angry tea partiers do when they can't use their Medicare coverage, or their social Security checks don't come in the mail, or they can't see the grandkids, because the airport is closed, or some poor Marine's family doesn't get his paycheck, or they get sick at Denny's because the meat inspector couldn't work? If people thought just for a minute about what life would be like without all the services the government provides, they'd realize that it would look a lot like one of those third-world countries we keep bombing. And all so some rich folks can get lower taxes, I don't think so.

    April 6, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Ck500

    I say shut her down and send all federal workers home. I am sure no one will miss them for the few weeks they are gone. I don't see why every one is making such a big deal out of this.

    April 6, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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