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DeMint: Debt-ceiling debate will show if Tea Party is still 'a force'
the hill ^ | 7/18 | daniel strauss

Posted on 07/18/2011 10:16:58 AM PDT by RummyChick

The debate over increasing the debt ceiling will show whether the Tea Party still has influence, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) said Monday.

"We're going to find out if the Tea Party's still there in force in the next few weeks on this debt limit because we're trying to recruit Americans right now and there is a website — cutcapbalancepledge.com," DeMint, a favorite of Tea Party supporters, said while speaking on York, Pa., radio station WSBA.

"We're encouraging Americans to sign up, call their congressmen and senators and help us create some pressure in Washington and let those people know who are standing firm that Americans are with them. So we'll know in the next few weeks if the Tea Party is still there, if they're still active."

DeMint has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the backup plan for increasing the debt-ceiling unveiled by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

On Friday, DeMint pledged to "use every tool" in the Senate to stop McConnell's plan, which authorizes President Obama to raise the debt ceiling in three separate increments. The only way Congress could stop Obama would be with resolutions of disapproval that the president could veto if they failed to meet a two-thirds majority threshold in both chambers of Congress.

“It basically says you can raise the debt limit, but we don’t have to vote for it,” DeMint said on the Scott Hennen radio show on Sunday. “It’s like leaving the jail door open and looking the other way, then saying it’s not our fault.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ceiling; debt; demint; mcconnell; obama; teaparty

1 posted on 07/18/2011 10:17:03 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

toll free number
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2 posted on 07/18/2011 10:18:14 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

samsteinhp Sam Stein
podesta, who is as plugged into this WH as anyone outside of it, says McConnell-reid compromise is the likely end game


3 posted on 07/18/2011 10:19:43 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick
It appears the Tea Party fad is starting to wind down. Amerikuns are going back to being Amerikuns again. (15 minute sound bites and fame is about all the attention span we can expect.)
4 posted on 07/18/2011 10:22:06 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like everyone Else.))
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To: RummyChick

“And because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear from the start that he intended to have his caucus use the filibuster on every piece of legislation, and vote as a bloc, forcing Democrats to always need 60 votes to pass anything, those numbers really matter.”

LIAR

http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/07/myth-of-progressive-majority/


5 posted on 07/18/2011 10:22:06 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Boehner and Cantor Return to White House for Private Meeting

The two top House Republicans met privately at the White House Sunday with President Obama as the House prepared to vote on a deficit-cutting measure strongly opposed by the White House.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/obama-hosts-private-meeting-with-boehner-and-cantor/?smid=tw-thecaucus&seid=auto


6 posted on 07/18/2011 10:24:06 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

And it does appear the “big deal” is back on the table. Capitol Hill sources tell ABC News that Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner are again talking about reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade or so. Boehner reportedly wants the president to lay out specific cuts to entitlement programs. But many Republicans doubt such a plan can get through Congress.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-sen-boehner-talking-debt-ceiling-deal/story?id=14093505


7 posted on 07/18/2011 10:25:52 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick
DeMint has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the backup plan for increasing the debt-ceiling unveiled by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Go Senator DeMint! Just wish you weren't a Romney supporter.

8 posted on 07/18/2011 10:28:34 AM PDT by McGruff (Don't go wobbly on me now GOP leadership)
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To: RummyChick
"We're going to find out if the Tea Party's still there in force in the next few weeks on this debt limit..."

We may be a force in elections, but as far as stopping bad legislation with this crowd of leftist hacks, forget about it. Just look at the force rallied to stop Obummercare and how it was jammed down our throats anyway.

9 posted on 07/18/2011 10:40:07 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

It would be over now if not for tea party


10 posted on 07/18/2011 10:54:20 AM PDT by mel
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To: RummyChick

Show us your cuts, Obama. Until then, the House is going to do its own thing.

Obama has no cuts. He hasn’t offered ten cents in cuts, other than press leaks, hot air, and trial balloons. He is a liar and has no intention of cutting any federal spending.


11 posted on 07/18/2011 10:57:31 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: RummyChick

I just contacted mine.

Again.


12 posted on 07/18/2011 11:01:05 AM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

No, but that’s what they want us to believe...


13 posted on 07/18/2011 11:02:34 AM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Nov-2012 will determine if Tea Party remains a viable force.

My belief is it WILL be a force on election day.


14 posted on 07/18/2011 11:03:35 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: McGruff

I don’t think he will consider a repeat endorsement 2011, although naturally DeMint still thinks Mittens is a “good candidate.”


15 posted on 07/18/2011 11:06:06 AM PDT by erlayman
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To: RummyChick
Another RINO who still doesn't get the TEA Party MOVEMENT. Like the ignorance that permeates the democrats, DeMint thinks the TEA party is an organization, another political party.

Demint...it's only Americans who are sick of the likes of you, McConnell and other GOP sell-outs who think they must suck up to democrats.

Unlike you narccisstic congressmen, the TEA party doesn't have to be in front of a TV camera 24&7 to make their point...the TEA party will make their point in the voting booth.

Demint, you and your ilk will feel the "force" of the TEA party movement next November...don't get too cocky, it may be your undoing.
16 posted on 07/18/2011 11:07:00 AM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: FrankR

Um, FrankR ... Jim DeMint is on OUR side.


17 posted on 07/18/2011 11:42:15 AM PDT by Walrus (The American Restoration begins today and it begins with me and my family)
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To: Walrus
I know that.

What? I can't criticize him because he's a republican who still doesn't get the TEA party movement?

Maybe we don't have a free country anymore....
18 posted on 07/18/2011 11:58:05 AM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: RummyChick

The TpCaucus has been growing and growing and Growing since Nov. 2010..
Nov. 2010 was the rehearsal... Nov. 2012 will be the main event..

Most people have long since made up their mind about Obama..
Polls are pure propaganda.. weighted and subtly directed.
Rinos have been targeted for primary and many democrats have targets on their backs as well..

The old guard of both parties are shaking in their boots..
The internet has trumped regular party politics..
Nov. 2012 could be a new day a breath of sunshine.. a clearing of slate..

Only problem is the “Dear Leader” may have “President for Life” planned with the FBI, CIA, NSA, secret Service, Justice Department, TsA, the Unions, the main stream media and academia toting water for him..

Hitler showed exactly how to do it too.. as well as Mussolini.. and Stalin..
Whatever happened to Cloward-Piven?.. is there an “end game”?..
What was Saul Alinsky’s end game?..


19 posted on 07/18/2011 12:14:13 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: FrankR

Jim DeMint certainly DOES “get” the Tea Party movement ... one of the few in the Senate that does!

Go after McConnell, fine; Boehner, fine; McLame, fine; Graham, fine -— but DeMint is probably the last senator I would accuse of being a RINO.


20 posted on 07/18/2011 12:15:48 PM PDT by Walrus (The American Restoration begins today and it begins with me and my family)
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To: hosepipe

A nuke set off (in some city) by some domestic group could change the whole political landscape..


21 posted on 07/18/2011 12:18:11 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: RummyChick

“Cut, cap and balance” is actually “tinker, obfuscate, borrow and spend.”

Doesn’t anybody notice that the so-called “Tea Party Plan” raises the debt ceiling?

I know Tea Partiers in every state, and not one of them supports raising the debt ceiling.

This is an obvious scam. Wake up, people.


22 posted on 07/18/2011 12:18:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's not really 'cut, cap and balance,' it's 'tinker, obfuscate, borrow and spend.')
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To: RummyChick
Once again I'll say it:

Every single vote to contract debt that our generation cannot possibly pay is a vote for the enslavement of our grandchildren. It is the stripping of our posterity’s God-given right to self-government by consent. A yes vote to raise the debt ceiling is an unmistakable signal to already-overburdened Americans that all the campaign rhetoric about fiscal restraint was merely empty talk.

23 posted on 07/18/2011 12:19:38 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's not really 'cut, cap and balance,' it's 'tinker, obfuscate, borrow and spend.')
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To: RummyChick

This is a set up of the Tea Partiers for defeat.

On behalf of a plan Tea Partiers don’t even support.

It’s sickening.


24 posted on 07/18/2011 12:21:17 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's not really 'cut, cap and balance,' it's 'tinker, obfuscate, borrow and spend.')
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To: RummyChick

The “choice” the American people are being given is between a baseball bat to the knee, or a crowbar to the elbow. Either way the result is the same: the victim lying on the ground with broken bones and bleeeding.


25 posted on 07/18/2011 12:26:25 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's not really 'cut, cap and balance,' it's 'tinker, obfuscate, borrow and spend.')
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To: FrankR
So DeMint asking for the Tea Party movement to get off it's butt and pressure Congress is somehow ignorance, it's somehow an admission of sucking up to Democrats?

You're just nuts.

This is a critical moment between elections and if the Tea Party movement can't get worked up about it and take action, the movement is just a fraud, done, dusted and tossed on the ash heap of history.

26 posted on 07/18/2011 12:31:12 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: newzjunkey
"Take action" in support of a "plan" that raises the debt limit, when we don't support raising the debt limit?

Explain to me why this isn't insanity of the highest order.

“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences.”

-- Winston Churchill


27 posted on 07/18/2011 12:47:31 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's not really 'cut, cap and balance,' it's 'tinker, obfuscate, borrow and spend.')
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To: FrankR

“Maybe we don’t have a free country anymore....”

No...... it’s just that when the chips are down, someone will need to be assigned to you to make sure you’re facing/firing at the enemy, and not at your own fellows. Keeping you orientated to the front divides our force and gives comfort and aid to the forces of evil formerly known as the loyal opposition (sic) Democrats.


28 posted on 07/18/2011 12:55:40 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (Palin/West 2012)
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To: FrankR

“Maybe we don’t have a free country anymore....”

No...... it’s just that when the chips are down, someone will need to be assigned to you to make sure you’re facing/firing at the enemy, and not at your own fellows. Keeping you orientated to the front divides our force and gives comfort and aid to the forces of evil formerly known as the loyal opposition (sic) Democrats.


29 posted on 07/18/2011 12:55:40 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (Palin/West 2012)
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To: FrankR

“Maybe we don’t have a free country anymore....”

No...... it’s just that when the chips are down, someone will need to be assigned to you to make sure you’re facing/firing at the enemy, and not at your own fellows. Keeping you orientated to the front divides our force and gives comfort and aid to the forces of evil formerly known as the loyal opposition (sic) Democrats.


30 posted on 07/18/2011 12:55:43 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (Palin/West 2012)
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To: Forty-Niner

OPPS!!!! Triple twitch....my apologies to all.......


31 posted on 07/18/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (Palin/West 2012)
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To: Forty-Niner
I don't know who you think you are delivering your obama-style lectures, but my credentials as a conservative have been proven thousands of times on this board since 1998, not to mention over 1000 political, anti-obama, anti-democrat grapics and cartoons.

However, I am not a blind willy or a robot of the GOP either, there are too many of them who are RINO's and democrats in GOP clothing.

I've made it for 65 years without some smartass trying to "assign" anyone to me, and I'll be just fine here on out.


32 posted on 07/18/2011 1:42:34 PM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: RummyChick

Why dies the Tea Party have to prove it is a force on every debate and every piece of legislation?

senator DeMint and conservative Republicans were sent to Washington last November to reduce the debt, deficit and spending. Nothing has changed so just do it. You conservative people in Washington have been given a mandate. We are not full time legislators!


33 posted on 07/18/2011 5:02:28 PM PDT by orinoco
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