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This meeting was good I came to express my concerns from my tea party group.
About our deep dissatisfaction with the Republican Party and done we established our independence today in open some dialogue.
Now we encompasses Democrats Republicans independents right now I consider myself independent -- is looking to see what mr.
still had to say it was very cordial there were.
Discussed since this is love and even local issue in my own state.
We are not being absorbed by the RNC worry movement that wants answers to questions that we feel concerned by the citizens because legislation is being passed recently.
Is not -- liking and we feel is a -- a very constitution -- this nation was founded on.
And -- those are just some of the tea parties at a meeting yesterday the first large scale get together between the RNC and grassroots activists so questioned how the meeting golf -- guy let's talk of the -- -- -- the tea party for the tea party years RNC chairman Michael -- -- -- her.
They go want to help government has gone okay a but the big question is how to go on for you guys a win win the tea party -- walked in they were angry.
On a scale of one to ten where would you put there anger.
I would say their anger was right at around 55 or six -- you know there are a lot of issues particularly with.
You know the legislative agenda for the national party and and what we're gonna try to accomplish her and I think -- -- ended Leo we covered a lot of good ground common ground that we can stand on the people feel a little bit better about the direction we need to go but I found it amusing.
-- you know that we don't when I meet with those groups concerned about the economy in the direction of the party they're called activist.
When the president meets with those groups that are concerned about the economy in the direction the party the colts and a Democrat.
I -- have been a better position right now.
I don't have it had yeah a lot of the tea party hasn't had a really loud voice in all -- -- -- to a number of tea party activists.
Who have said you're right here on the couch and said look we are not Republicans.
Because they had eight years to do what they had to -- and they ended up spending they got taxes down the beginning of Bush's term but they ended up spending like drunken sailors.
Republicans actually reconcile the two.
Well you you learn from your mistakes in and out of big part of this process this healing I like to call -- this healing process.
Between those who become disaffected with the leadership of the party.
In the past.
Is to acknowledge where we've gone wrong where we have made the mistakes in spending and growing the size of government.
In stepping away from those very constitutional principles and and values that have certainly define this party and its agenda -- -- for over a hundred -- -- Are you making news today in saying that the Republican Party now he's going to become more conservative.
Because the truth be told business not the biggest challenge for the Republican Party right now to determine what you are.
And -- everything you've got it comes your own party the Republican Party is in trouble.
Well that there was no taught -- -- I think I could say without really -- stepping outside of any bounds here.
That there was not a -- you talk about becoming -- creating a third party.
This is the frustration of citizen activist.
With the party that many have aligned himself with over the years so the biggest challenge for the GOP is not becoming more conservative we are the Conservative Party the United States -- announced that.
And reaffirm that on the day I got elected to this job that that is who we are.
Our biggest challenge is staying true to who we are.
Those conservative principles that define this in terms of how we define the role of government in the lives of everyday people.
So what -- stay true to those principles.
I think we're a much steady ground particularly when you -- that with the constitution.
And the rights that are given to the people of this country in the constitution -- I'm sure the tea party people we're delighted to hear you would say that -- the party of conservatism because that's how they feel that the RNC has drifted GOP description of Michael before you go today happy anniversary of the government doled out at least 787 billion dollars in stimulus money.
Last year the official reaction one year later from the Republican Party is.
Post is so much joy out there who celebrated all right let me people -- -- you're -- jobs done and and business is -- growing that has been the fiction here the other fiction we need to to just dispense with.
Is this saved and created nonsense I don't know what that is I don't know what that looks like.
If I can't put my finger is on a -- can't touch it and if I can't get up at 6 o'clock in the morning and go to work there.
Then it's not happening but that's enough morality is a lot of people right now it'll be -- on this because here's the White House cited as they say look at their -- standing I think 35 members of the White House fanning out across the country today to point out specific instances where they say.
Jobs have been created in certain communities water projects.
Our roads projects what he say to that we've -- that.
Great that's great but what about the guy -- all of this -- the corner grocery store.
Or the lady who set up you know the the beauty salon or the or the family that started you know wants to continue the family business they're the ones who create the good jobs.
And big government program that allows for the construction of a role sort of building a bridge while that is work that is that is that the fund definitive period of time that -- is gonna be done.
The reality of it is we need to rely on the small business owners of this country.
To move -- out of recession and towards prosperity in this administration fundamentally doesn't understand that in the American people know it and they're responding in kind.
All right Michael Steele RNC chair great to see you as always thanks for being our -- yes indeed take your guts.
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