Is Tea Party Extreme? Christine O'Donnell Responds
Former Senate candidate on 'Fox & Friends'
- Duration 6:35
- Date Jul 27, 2011
Former Senate candidate on 'Fox & Friends'
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Time ran out -- to -- -- debt deal before the August 2 deadline next Tuesday now some liberal commentators are ramping up their attacks.
Against the Tea Party process.
The Tea Party doesn't exist anybody that thinks the Tea Party exists is smoking crack cocaine in America.
It's nothing more than the far right wing of the Republican Party and there wagging the dog's tail right now.
Joining us now our former 2010 Delaware Republican US senate nominee and author of the new book.
Trouble -- what it takes to make America great again Christine O'Donnell.
Good to see you again miss -- Thank you for having me this morning -- and -- right so you're part of the Tea Party.
I suppose that you still consider yourself part of the Tea Party a doesn't exist or are all Americans believe that smoking crack cocaine.
Not you know what happens is when career politicians can't stand on their platform.
They Begin to attack the messenger the Tea Party is a revolution.
The Democrats independents and Republicans.
Who are holding the career politicians accountable.
For their failure of leadership and to ignoring the warning signs that are economy is about to.
So what they're trying to do -- created distraction.
Again to dis credit so let's say the boy his saying that the emperor has no clothes.
And that's exactly why I started Christine -- to help fight back against these attacks because as big billowing into.
The 2012 elections they don't have a record to stand on.
There they're destroying the -- debt -- -- in making mistake after mistake not laying out a plan.
They're gonna lean more on the dirty tricks that they used in my campaign.
That they used in this statement and that's exactly why we're here today to talk about how are fighting back.
Yet we will in just a moment I think a lot of people would believe the premise that we wouldn't even be having this debt discussion we're not for.
The Tea Party and the mid term elections I wanna listen though to a respected columnist Charles Krauthammer.
Because here's what He said about the Tea Party members and the fact that they may need to compromise.
-- -- -- I respect what they wanna do I share what they wanted to shrink the government you cannot.
Do it that's a point of a gun from half of the congress He cannot be done under our system all of us respect the constitution.
He sort of -- defines that they -- conservatism.
If you believe that it is that to what you really want to respect the constitution.
Understand its restraints except them and win the election in November.
What do you think about that.
Well here's that thing for decades.
We've had a budget deficit.
And career politicians have ignored it they've left at the -- -- -- we train head to derailment doing nothing putting on -- short term band aids.
It just so that they can survive the next election putting the next election ahead of the next generation so with the Tea Party movement -- by timing -- is saying.
Hey -- -- the mere fact we're even at this point is a tragedy and a very serious problem.
And they're they're making sure that we don't just get away with short term fixes -- that people can get reelected -- that Obama can get reelected in 2012.
They're keeping the dialogue about the very real very tragic state of our economy right now.
Which depends not just.
You know it's not just our economic future but it's the whole existence of our country our national security depends on the baton.
-- I want to move on to the next topic because you are now asking the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status.
Of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -- -- group known as crew and to help explain this I want to bring in your lawyer.
Console to Christine pack and the O'Donnell campaign in 2010 Kawika Mitchell welcome to -- -- -- Thank you -- -- so so now it I noticed this hinges on the fact.
That there was a lawsuit right or a federal investigation -- to miss O'Donnell's use -- campaign money.
In as far as paying personal expenses and rent mortgage and that type of thing and this group was behind that is in my clear on that.
You're exactly clear on that Gretchen what happened was crew and Melanie Sloan.
Launched a broad -- attack against Christine O'Donnell the morning after she won her primary.
And crew has followed this same pattern in many many cases.
Probably Christine O'Donnell's race was the most egregious.
But the IRS we are asking the IRS to revoke.
Cruise tax exempt status because they're not supposed to be involved in campaigns.
And they attacked Republicans.
They attacked Christine O'Donnell falsely.
It was she's been exonerated.
And it's time that crew be held responsible and act and be held to be a political organization which is what they really.
Right so but isn't that Christian I want to bring people up to date.
That there was this federal investigation it found that you didn't do anything wrong -- -- breath and then -- what I liked in their whole action to is.
Imagine you don't like a candidate.
Say He knowingly.
Get someone to accuse them of sexual assault or even more so rape.
To give your -- more credibility or to give your claim more credibility.
You actually file that complaint with the US attorney's office.
Now they're obligated to investigate.
That's an abuse and and meanwhile keep in mind you knew this was a false accusation.
That's an abuse of taxpayer dollars.
It's an abuse and misuse of the justice system right it's using the justice system as a political weapon.
So that's why we're standing up to fight back to say what He did to -- was wrong you cannot it make a politically motivated claim false claim.
And get away with it and again as we enter into the 2012 elections.
They're gonna get more desperate because they have no platform no record no plan to stand on so they didn't continue to resort to the politics of personal destruction.
Abusing the justice system and we started Christine packs that we can legally fight back and stop this that someone might say aren't you doing the same thing.
By filing a counter complaint right and -- asking the -- cast your vote this status.
And what I say is we're stopping this we are justifiably.
Filing a complaint against a very wrong action that they did indeed until we have all the evidence posted on our website I'm running out of time but please -- -- surprised as to what happens with that clear to Mitchell thank you so much.
And Christine -- by the way her new memoir troublemaker a -- what it takes to make America great again available.
Next month will no doubt be talking with you again at that time thanks so much and I look forward to it --