Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare
October 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare

(CNN) - Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer slammed President Obama Thursday for "playing class warfare" with the "millionaire's surtax."

The new tax on those with income over a million dollars a year was introduced by Senate Democrats to pay for the president's American Jobs Act. The President endorsed the measure at his Thursday news conference.

"There are a number of people that have signed these pledges that they're not going to raise taxes and they have no hope of getting it through," Kremer said on CNN's Newsroom.

She described the push as another stimulus that won't work and a way to "blame Republicans."

Instead, Kremer suggested cutting the corporate tax so that businesses can "start to have confidence in the system and go forward and hire people."

And when it comes to compromise, the tea party leader pushed back at the president's claim that the GOP has been reluctant to bargain.

"Republicans have put plan after plan out there and the Democrats say no," she asserted, citing "Cut, Cap and Balance," and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul entitlements as evidence.

"It is not Washington's responsibility to create jobs; it's the private sector's responsibility to create jobs, that's where the jobs come from," Kremer said.

Looking ahead to 2012, she named businessman Herman Cain as "the one to watch," though Kremer balked at giving him an out-and-out endorsement.

Her stamp of approval would give any GOP candidate a boost among the sought-after tea party vote.

"Herman Cain is doing a major thing right now," she said. "He's got a lot of momentum, a lot of people like him, he's a straight talker, he's a businessman and that's what people like."

But she also hedged her praise of the conservative radio talk show host who's been rising in national polls.

"I think that the field is still very volatile," Kremer said.

Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Herman Cain • Jobs • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. MontanaMomma

    Another Koch Brothers Puppet – We are on to you lady. Remember your followers are mostly baby boomers stuck in the ways of the 1950s, in 10 to 15 years – where will they be? The group that has it right is protesting Wall Street and they are young, smart, and dont follow blindly, and as much as you may hate to hear this - they are the future.

    October 7, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. chris l

    Karl Rove's contribution to strategy is this: Accuse your opponent of what your guilty of. Hence all the talk portraying the rich as victims of racism and class warfare.

    October 7, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. suesark

    The TPers and GOP don't get it, do they?

    October 7, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. RinMaine

    As disloyal as she is to the United States, he can say anything he wants about her.

    October 7, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. mama panda

    Teapubicans have put plan after plan out there?

    Out where?

    October 7, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Joe from Ohio

    Why do I care what this woman says?

    October 7, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Alex

    I wonder if she realizes she's just being used as a tool by big business to get lower taxes. Those lower taxes will not, repeat NOT< be used to create jobs. At best, lower taxes means more money to invest in the business, but I think we all know that the executives get most of it.

    Don't trust government, but don't blindly trust corporations either.

    October 7, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Mark

    The Tae Party can criticize all they want. They are the one's who created this class warfare. They are the ones who applauded when Perry made the comment about people dying because they have no health insurance which, by the way, is as unChristian as you can get. They have NO shame, only glutenous egos.

    October 7, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Ex-GOP Con

    Same old regurgitations that got use here in the mess in the first place. "Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts".

    The GOPTEA Bush Tax Cuts have been in effect for 10+ years and we had a net LOSS of jobs! And they want MORE tax cuts? They have savings up the wazzoo and still REFUSE TO CREATE JOBS AND HIRE!

    STOP THE HOARDING! It's not Obama's fault – is the greedy rich who say it is the private sectors responsibility to create jobs...but WON'T!

    October 7, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. bclone

    Koch brothers money buy more ice cream!!!

    October 7, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Thorne

    Why is it only class warfare when it's the little guy (in this case the Middle Class, little in notice but vast in population) is the one doing the fighting? I mean does she NOT see the complete hypocrisy of her words or is she just that much of a rabid ideologue?

    October 7, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Jack

    As a conservative, which none of you tea partiers are! We need to share the pain equally, which you are not! You want all the benefits directly and indirectly, but you don't want to pay for them!

    October 7, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Yes, there is class warfare and . . .

    the wealthy are kicking butt . . .

    I am Spartacus; I am the 99 . . .

    October 7, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Stevareeno

    Too bad she is more interested in keeping all of her money rather than people who can afford to paying their fair share.

    October 7, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Joshua Ludd

    She wants to cut taxes AGAIN... on corporations that are already making good to amazing profits? Where did all the jobs from the first round of tax cuts go? Oh yeah... they never materialized because you don't create jobs through tax rates for the wealthy and corporations but through increasing market demand. As they say... they only call it class warfare when we fight back.

    October 7, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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