Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare
October 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
9 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. Shannon

    Who are the baggers trying to kid, the organization was founded by the rich Koch brothers, who counted on there being a group of ignorant morons out there who would follow anything they said, as long as it was racist, ignorant or bigoted enought, throw in Jesus a few times, and you have yourself a tea bagger. The only class warfare going on, is the middle class saying it's time for the richest Americans to start paying their share, and for Congress to start representing us, and not Grover Nordquist. This woman should hang her head in shame, but she's not smart enough to figure that out.

    October 6, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Nashvillemykl

    Class War? You mean the over indulgent, pampered, not paying their fair shar super rich against the rest of us? Bring it on!

    October 6, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. rs

    The President may indeed be committing "class warfare". The GOP/TP however is committing class genocide by attempting to lay waste the poor; elderly; children, and; the middle class.

    The GOP/TP- America's worst enemy.

    October 6, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. chuck

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH KRAEMER?? Every time she shows up in the media she looks 60 lbs bigger. Her staff lets her go out looking like that..good grief!! Food addict?? TP time is near ending, let them yak away then they will be done.

    October 6, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. seneca

    It looks like the teaparty has finally become the true tool of the ruling 1%. Ka-ching! The bailout truly was the best thing that wallstreet could of asked for.

    October 6, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. jeb

    Whoa ... cheeseburger overdose.

    October 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. seneca

    Oh Mr. Bush, we need a bailout because we are too big to fail, which will create a new form of republican who is more strict about taxes and in the end will help us stay rich!

    October 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Strategic Bob

    look at her face and her eyes. it is the same kind of immoral selfish disregard for truth and decency that you would have found had you looked into the eyes of Herman Goerring and similarly misguided fools.

    October 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. mcore

    Ha! The Tea Baggers are the ones who brought the country to the brink of complete disaster with their idiotic "pledge." By causing the credit downgrade, they effectively stopped what little recovery we had going a few months ago. NOW they want to cut more taxes for corporate America? News flash: corporate America is already flushed with capitol and is sitting on piles of money that they aren't investing like Republicans always say they will if we'd just give them a little bit more. Meanwhile, the middle class is vanishing. THAT's class warfare, you hag. The GOP has been waging it against the poor and middle class for the last 30 years.

    October 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Har-di-har-har

    Calm down there big girl. Looks as if you have fed yourself well off the fat of the land. Me thinks a cut to your largess may in fact benefit your bottom line.

    October 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Jowalski

    "Oh I don't like to share, but pass that plate over there. If I don't get to keep my share, then it is certainly class warfare. Yum, yum, yum, give me some, before the poor want a seat".

    October 6, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Geezer

    She looks like she ate the tea party. How can you be "grass roots" and sympathize with the rich getting tax advantages.

    October 6, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. becky in ca

    Hey Amy Creamer it's not halloween time yet. Oh that's right
    it's not your costume is just your scary old fat self.

    October 6, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. EdSantaFe

    AH SHUT UP. Class warfare is millionaires driving the middle class out of existence, you fat pig.

    October 6, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Mike in SA

    The only people that pay even the slightest bit of attention to the Tea Party Express is CNN...well, them and Michelle Bachmann. They're two self-aggrandizing peas in a pod. This from one who supports Tea Party principles.

    October 6, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Mindie from India

    The original Tea Party people have (and still have) the same idiology as the Occupy folks, which is: Stop the corporate welfare and stop giving all the good to the rich. We are the 99% – they are the 1%. The Government is Corrupt. However, when money came into play via Koco brothers and other rich folks, that message became corrupt and now we have the Tea Baggers who are a sham and a fraud and the Country see right thru you folks who defend millionaires and after 30 years STILL claim tax cuts to the rich create jobs. But we know better now, don't we folks. Let's work on bringing together the original Tea Party folks and the Occupy folks and see what a powerful voice we have then! Ron Paul is the founding father of the Tea Party movement and I might support him if he wasn't such a racist and agreed taht Americans without health insurance should just die and we shouldn't help them out. Other than that, I like Ron Paul but I will not vote for a racist or anyone who thinks letting your own countrymen die as an answer to any problem.

    October 6, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. krg

    I am middle class. I will vote for Obama. I think the Republicans are very out of touch and they cant even bring their party together because their ideologies have all run amock. Cain, Perry, Romney, Paul, Bachmann are all one in the same. Give Obama a break, it will take 12 years to clean up that horrible 8 years prior to the Obama presidency.

    October 6, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Mike

    Ron Paul is the only candidate worth voting for. Real Hope. Real Change. Ron Paul 2012!! Yes We Can!!!

    October 6, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. MB Seattle

    The tea party only has questions. No answers. All this while America goes down the toliet. Talk about a scorched earth policy by he extream right wing.

    October 6, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. mack Johnson

    Well, well, well–it seems the poor of all stripes and the middle class may be waking up at long last and are beginning to see who the GOP/TPs are really protecting. Wake up, wake up, wake up and take the blinders from your eyes.

    October 6, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Corporate and personal taxes are at the lowest rates in over 50 years – that's not what is keeping companies from hiring. They just don't like the idea of paying a living wage; they'd rather see us all down at the substandard level of their third-world employees (not surprising, given that so many of these corporations are multi-national and the American rich hold a lot of their stock).

    October 6, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Keith

    What is she mad about? The fact that people are finally pointing out 30 years of class warfare against the middle class and FAILED neocon fiscal policies?

    October 6, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. meaz23

    This issue wouldn't bother the tea baggers if they were truly a "grass roots" organization rather than a front for the wealthy and big business who want to keep their taxes down while sticking it to the middle class and less advantaged Americans.

    October 6, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Can't understand why anyone in his/her right mind would support the Tea Party. They are nuts. The middle class deserves a bailout, not just mega corporations.

    October 6, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    The teabaggers started out as a protest against bailing out corporations and Wall Street.

    Remember how in 2009 Sean Hannity described the tea partiers as "expressing their frustration" with these bailouts, which is "quintessentially American." The average American "knows they're going to be on the hook" for these bailouts of companies, some of whom are responsible for the problem.

    It was all fine and dandy when the teabaggers rage against the government (patriotic and quintessentially American), but to rage against multinational, shareholder-accountable corporations is "anti-American."

    Anybody else what's wrong with this picture?

    October 6, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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