Tea party groups target Senate after presidential 'disappointments'
March 29th, 2012
11:59 AM ET
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Tea party groups target Senate after presidential 'disappointments'

Washington (CNN) - After six terms in the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar finds himself the latest target of the tea party movement's desire both to have more influence over the policy agenda in Congress and to make the Republican Party more conservative.

"He's an old RINO Republican," Jim Bratten, an Indiana coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said of Lugar, meaning he's a Republican in name only. "He's been there [in Washington] for over 36 years, but gradually he's gotten closer and closer to the left, and he seems to want to compromise on things that are principle that you really can't compromise on."


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  1. MTATL67

    Talk about disappointment. That whole extremist group that got extremists elected to Congress has been a complete and disappointment and failure

    March 29, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Brian

    these tea party traitors need to crawl back under the rock from where they came. When compromise becomes a dirty word you can't be taken seriously

    March 29, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Larry L

    The Tea Party appears dedicated to the destruction of the American economy and elimination of the middle class. They are a collection of angry bigots who have ruined the Republican Party. Now, these radicals battle with the elitist Republicans and vie for the title of "most conservative". They see compromise as a weakness and are wiling to let the nation go-under to gain their social agenda. History will not treat this fringe group of racists well...

    March 29, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. demwit

    If the tea party wants any respect from the media they are going to clearly have to learn how to live in tent filth, deficate in parks, throw feasies at the police, rape the mentally ill and include the use of violence in their protests.

    March 29, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Scef

    They have to be the most destructive, divisive force in politics. They seek only to oppress those who hold competing views. They are tearing the repub party and the US apart. They state that Pres Obama is divisive. The only thing divisive about him to them is his color.

    March 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Drafter31

    Dr. Ron Paul was there when the Tea Party was formed and you all have turned your backs on him...

    What do you think about the turncoat Marco Rubio now??? Sold us out for a RINO...Just like Haley did in South Carolina...

    These turkey politicians just used the Tea Party to get elected and then sell them out...

    There is only 1 man who will not sell out the Tea Party and that is Dr. Ron Paul...

    March 29, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. mactsr

    A true conservative NEVER compromises on core values. The Tea Party has a duty to dump any and all RINO. This country needs to return to the values of the founding fathers. (time to end all social programs) Remember Republicans you are being watch.

    March 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Ambrose Smith

    Ronald Reagan would be called a RINO today by the right wing fringe.

    March 29, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    The tea party is a complete joke that none of their members seem to get. Keep tearing down the GOP!

    March 29, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Peace

    The tea party looks like cows grazing in the field without and caretaker. Lugar is one of those people full of wisdom. He is very important to the community. How can anyone do something without knowing what they are doing!! Tea party needs to learn otherwise they look pathetic.

    March 29, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. rhumba

    Tea Partiers are only interested in their own pocket books.

    March 29, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Vince

    As we slowly become Germany circa 1936......

    March 29, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. John

    If he is voting like or with the Democratic Party, it time for Lugar to go! Add his name to the list; Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Jon Corzine, Rahm Emanuel and Gibbs.

    March 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Is the Tea Party that out of touch that they think Americans will vote them into power? They promised jobs in 2010 and delivered radical right wing social engineering in 2011, and kicked it up a notch in 2012.

    March 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. PJ/TX

    One of the Republican candidates said something like "this is the most important election we have ever had in
    I agree. If we don't get rid of the Tea Party now, they will have a grip on Congress that will cost us our freedoms.
    If we elect Romney or Santorum, we will never know what hit us when they take over. I read both of their
    web sites, and their policies are radical and destructive.
    If we allow certain groups to buy, cheat and steal our elections by eliminating voting rights of certain people,
    manipulating voting places, dates and times to make it harder for some, buy ads that tear down good
    people, and threaten to "target" some who will not "play along", we are in for some very big trouble.
    It is the most imortant election for America, and time to stand up and say "no more" to the greedy, hateful,
    boderline psychotic weasles.

    March 29, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |