November 8th, 2012
10:42 AM ET
10 years ago

LaTourette: Tea party response to Romney loss is 'crap'

(CNN) - After some tea party leaders blamed Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election on his lack of conservatism, Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderate Republican who announced his retirement in July, offered sharp criticism to their reaction.

"There's a one-word phrase we use in Ohio for that: Crap. That's nonsense," LaTourette said Thursday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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The co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Jenny Beth Martin, said Wednesday that Republicans nominated a "weak, moderate candidate" who was "hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country club establishment wing of the Republican Party." She added the "presidential loss is unequivocally on them."

LaTourette chided various factions of the GOP, including the tea party, and attributed far-right viewpoints for the party's failure to make big gains on Election Day. Like other high-profile Republicans in the last two days, the Ohio congressman said the party needs to become more inclusive.

"The Republican Party cannot be a national party if we give up the entire East Coast of the United States and say we don't have any Republicans in New England, we don't have any Republicans in the mid-Atlantic states," he said. "We can't continue to dis the Latino voters."

On social issues he added that the GOP needs to "get out of peoples' lives, get out of their bedrooms." His wife, he said, is a Democrat who considered voting Republican this year until Senate hopefuls Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin "opened their mouth(s)" and made controversial comments about rape.

"We sent (women) running back to the Democratic Party because they think we're nutty," LaTourette said.

Describing himself as a centrist Republican-or what he called an "endangered species"-LaTourette said he's leaving Washington out of frustration with the increasingly partisan gridlock in Congress. He pointed to Capitol Hill's inability to pass small bills that normally get bipartisan support, such as the farm bill and the transportation bill.

"That lack of willingness to find common ground on the no-brainer issues really is what put me over the edge," he added.

LaTourette was the key Republican advocate for the so-called Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction and budget plan, which ultimately failed in the House.

Republican David Joyce won the House seat on Tuesday to replace LaTourette in Ohio's 14th Congressional District. Joyce, a county prosecutor, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that LaTourette considers Joyce to be to his right. However, Joyce is known to have friends on both sides of the aisle. He has also said he would support the Simpson-Bowles plan, and he opposes abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. And while he favors the basic principles of the tea party movement–less government, lower taxes–he told a local television station last month that "they may not want me."

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Ohio • Tea Party
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. rs

    just sayin-
    You (and people like you) are the reason the GOP lost the election, and will continue to lose elections. Your lack of knowledge, over the top rhetoric are precisely the things real-live hard working Americans reject.

    November 8, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. callmecrazy

    The voters just gave the republicans a timeout for not playing nice with others. Don't they get it?

    November 8, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Bill, NY

    Whenever I hear the phrase "Tea Party" I laugh so hard I could barf!

    November 8, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Cha

    All of this is pretty evident but I am sure the GOP appreciates the tip even from that political hack Soledad O'Brien. I turn her on every once on a while in the mornng when I want my children to review their schoolwork. They autmatically open their books when her droaning starts.

    November 8, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Tommy G

    >2014 is Next
    >The Problem, is not enough Dems turned out for the Mid Term Elections and let the Tea Party take over. The next 2 years will >be a struggle and if we want to get anything real done in the next 4 years, we will need to fix that in 2014.

    Hey genius, all of the House seats were just voted on last Tuesday and the Republicans maintained control of the House at about the level they had going into the election. If the Democrats were ever going to regain control of the House, it was last Tuesday when all of Obama's voters came out to vote.

    November 8, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Maxx

    Romney was a flawed candidate with serious character issues – that's why he lost. He was going against a black president (affects a lot of white votes) with 7.9% unemployment and couldn't pull it off – weak. Go Obama!

    November 8, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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