Where is the Tea Party in 2012 election?
Movement's role in presidential race
- Duration 3:47
- Date Oct 7, 2012
Movement's role in presidential race
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Tea Party had a lot of noise ahead of the 2010 mid term elections and they were the difference in handing that house to the Republicans.
That we haven't heard a lot from the Tea Party in this election cycle so where is -- Tea Party.
Joining me Phil -- founder of the Dallas Tea Party welcome back to the show -- -- -- It seems like the Tea Party has gone global quieter than it was in 2010 when all this town hall meetings.
Erupted with people who are like their congressman no.
The didn't like obamacare and they didn't like the deficit in the debt.
Has the Tea Party diminished gone quiet gone underground -- disappeared.
Portman doing is working as we have gone from from being enraged in 2009 -- the Tea Party started.
To have being actively engaged in we have taken.
Basically political novices most people in the Tea Party most of our members across the country now which number around 41 million -- support the Tea Party principles.
Are people that work they take care their kids they go to the football games like we did so with the congressman and Idaho.
We're not people that has been a great deal of our time -- we haven't in that we haven't had time in the past.
That's all changed now so we've turned those political novices into now fully engaged fully.
I'm fully functioning political activists in the field.
It's pretty typical that in any spontaneous movement which the Tea Party clearly was there comes a point at which.
They begin to assimilate into the institutions.
That they first railed against and -- they seek to change and and they become part of the change.
Is that part of what's we're seeing in the Tea Party -- getting into the county committees and -- -- members of congress and therefore becoming part of the institution.
Well certainly we are trying to change institution that's been our our -- -- since the very beginning was to.
Is to put people -- office and leaders that would represent some type of fiscal responsibility what's happened with our country from a fiscal standpoint has been insane.
We are putting people and office.
The Tea Party is nonpartisan we don't endorse candidates and we don't but really -- cater to either party.
But ask for you can ask a lot of -- like Arlen Specter or Charlie Crist or Bob Bennett or David Dewhurst in Texas or even senator Lugar in Indiana.
Has the Tea Party gone away and I think they'll tell you know because it was a Tea Party that was basically the reason they all lost their races.
There there -- I think early on a lot of concerns Tea Party people aren't all that tell warmed to Mitt Romney has that changed.
I think so in a lot of ways we're seeing more and more of of the governor at this point is that I think what's happened is that we realized.
That we fought hard for the candidates that we supported in the primary that's what we're supposed to do and then we all coalesce and come together for our candidate or the candidate represents the most fiscal sanity.
And in the general election so I think we're seeing them more and people realize it.
Romney is light years ahead of Barack Obama even with what are false some of us may think he asked are we gonna see -- Tea Party movement still around and 456.
Years -- absolutely I'm I'm I'm not so sure that the Tea Party name will be there but what the people are now active in and we're seeing more and more people come into the Tea Party movement they're losing their jobs are friends are losing their jobs.
People that have not paid attention to politics in the past I was with some a few guys the other night they were taught they knew that ERA in batting average of every Texas ranger.
And and I just pretty doggone important -- at all it and it does but I asked them I'm sorry could you -- -- -- -- -- congressman and they couldn't and the guy said to me well.
I don't follow Paul I don't I don't care about politics and -- civil politics cares about you.
Coverage is about to get hit with the biggest tax increase in American history in January unless something -- -- I'm gonna be done.
So we're trying to do is get people to turn off the dancing with the stars and so forth pay attention to what's going on your local leaders your state leaders in your federal leaders.
You mean no more honey boo boo that's that's.
Felt right that the air play.