Tea Party's role at Republican convention
How has group's impact changed?
- Duration 5:30
- Date Aug 28, 2012
How has group's impact changed?
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-- back to Kansas now governor Mitt Romney just arriving moments ago and later today Republicans will formally nominate him as their candidate.
For president in the meantime there are some reports out there.
At Tea Party members are finding more reason to warm to governor Romney and the GOP overall.
This year so we wind checked that -- some reliable sources -- activity is president and CEO of freedom works.
Sal Russo is co-founder and chief strategist.
-- the Tea Party express -- about.
That purpose like you're so mad I was just looking an article that you wrote this -- -- be posted at foxnews.com.
And Mimi the point that you feel the Tea Party movement.
Is included in the convention however you're still a little wary of the establishment tell our viewers a little bit more about that.
-- we're always nervous about politicians and growers hoping that they do what they say when they run for political office.
And our relationship -- any politician is always going to be a bit of a marriage of convenience.
But we do think we have a seat at the table we think that.
The platform committee listens to Tea Party activists when they came and represented over one point two million votes for our -- -- And we have a number of our leaders like Ted -- like me a lot of we're getting prominence on the stage I think that's a step in the right direction.
-- -- I totally agree I I think this is really triumphant moment for the Tea Party three and a half years of hard work of gotten to this point.
Where the Republican Party has woken up I think and it's electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan they seem totally committed.
There -- restoring American prosperity and get this excessive spending under control and dealing with what's really become.
And unsustainable national -- you know you're absolutely delighted with what's gone on and not -- episode.
I really remarkable is our latest -- on it is that we had during the last convention and if Simmons -- Tea Party movement.
No would even know what that means I mean this is really a recent political movement and to see what's happened over the last two years even from -- -- points out.
It's pretty remarkable south on the issues -- Where do you see -- The most lockstep with you well between the party and the Tea Party is it purely on only the economy or you see other issues -- the Tea Party is influencing.
More I hate to use -- word mainstream -- that's where many years mainstream thought.
-- the Tea Party express that it you know it has a very.
And that is that we've got to do something about the increasing size cost and intrusiveness of the federal government.
And the unsustainable.
Got and then secondly as we can't get there with -- austerity alone.
We really have to have a pro growth policies and that certainly that's something that Mitt Romney -- talked about all along.
If we've got to get our growth rate up to 45%.
This one to 2% that we're getting out of Obama is just unacceptable we won't grow ourselves out of some of these problems so I think.
-- our goal really is to keep the pressure on.
Make sure that when these people got elected the public office that they honor their commitment to get America's economy moving.
Really you know how I feel well that we have that commitment from all these candidates down here and Campbell well.
Well and we'll see we'll see what happens right with a -- who gets elected and what happens next as as you mention that says that the key point here.
I'm Mac will not -- we're not going anywhere so will be heard a lot everybody hello I -- -- be here I didn't see if they're going to be a catalog.
You know Matt I keep and -- some of our viewers where we're talking US over -- over Twitter about this.
I was -- -- said they really say that Ryan is a game changer -- as -- as part of the Tea Party.
And feeling connected to the GOP ticket how key is Brian -- -- There will -- really was a signal from the Romney camp an entire Republican Party.
That they weren't just going to run against the Obama economy.
And the failures of big government we've seen out of this administration but there we're gonna run for something and they've talked about.
The need to actually balance the budget to put some ideas on the table.
I think that's a step in the right direction and now every Republican candidate.
Pass to get comfortable defending the basic principles of limited government and accountability.
And putting specifics on the table -- that's a huge step in the right direction Paul Ryan brought that energy to the ticket and just from a practical.
Political standpoint Republicans will win when they're comfortable defending ideas when they can respond.
To the inevitable attacks from Democrats on things like Medicare.
-- -- final thought from -- -- where do you think -- GOP still needs to work.
I'm sorry what was that again where do you think the GOP still needs to work and -- look like get -- says there are you taking in the economic issues where you think the GOP still need to listen to the Tea Party.
Well I I think -- a lot it is all about the economy and I think on that fundamental issue everybody's united.
We're always gonna have disagreements on social issues cultural issues.
Foreign policy but with the economy in such bad shape I think everybody has the economy and getting that cut spending under control our debt under control.
And pro growth policies civil -- and this is the dominant issue ice and that's why you know Mitt Romney and Paul Ron Paul Ryan.
Just have a plan the how to deal with that and I think that's what the American people are looking all right we'll see what happens over the next seven days from the convention kicks off in and just about.
I'm ninety minutes yourself I'm -- and sound nice heavy with that thank you so much.