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Tea party will ‘absolutely’ back Romney in general election, says movement leader
The Daily Caller ^ | April 24, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 04/24/2012 8:00:09 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative

Though the tea party wasn’t particularly enthused about Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy during the primary, one tea party leader who was present at the inception of the movement says the tea party will get behind the former Massachusetts governor going into the general election.

“Absolutely, the tea party can and will support Mitt Romney in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game,” said Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and author of the recently released book, “Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.”

“It’s important also to note that this is a strong sentiment at the local level — among the 3,000-plus local tea parties.”

“Though on the core values, Mitt Romney’s not as aligned with us as Michele Bachmann, he’s far superior to Barack Obama,” Leahy added.

“Our job in the tea party movement is to cautiously but vigorously befriend Romney, while reserving the right to encourage him — continuously — to align more closely with our core values. This encouragement to align has already begun, and it will continue through and beyond election day.”

Leahy also pushed back against the notion that the tea party is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

“[T]he tea party’s grassroots get-out-the-vote activities will be the deciding force of the 2012 presidential election,” he contested.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012endorsements; abo; endorsements; liarromney; loserromney; lyingromney; mittromney; obama; rinoromney; romney2012; teaparty
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1 posted on 04/24/2012 8:00:14 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Not a chance.

Romney, the Soros plant, is FOR TARP, RomneyCARE,
more taxes (called “fees”) and Sharia.

Who in the Tea Party is not?


2 posted on 04/24/2012 8:02:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Meadowmuffins. I will never vote for Romney. In the primary or the general.

And I will actively campaign against the liberal if he gets the nomination.

/johnny

3 posted on 04/24/2012 8:02:57 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Diogenesis

Not this TEA partier.


4 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:13 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

That’s great . . . we are supposed to support a 100%, dyed in the wool, committed, homosexual loving, abortion supporting, health care mandating, non-Christian, stinking liberal Democrat!

We’ve come a long way from Dole/McLame/Bush haven’t we?


5 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:19 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: St. Louis Conservative

The title is misleading SOP fodder coming from RomBots.


6 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:30 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
What is this “leader” shit?
I did not vote for any “leader”.
This headline make the TeaParty sound like we need a jesse jackson.
No! I did not forget to capitalize.
7 posted on 04/24/2012 8:03:44 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I was not aware that Michele Bachmann was the gold standard of the Tea Party? She did not do much for me


8 posted on 04/24/2012 8:04:35 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Sorry you are irrelevant. You are accepting Romney terms. And anyway no one leads me!


9 posted on 04/24/2012 8:04:57 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (If Romney needs my vote to win Mississippi, he is in a heck of a lot trouble more than me.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

MORE MEDIA BS TELLING US WHAT WE WILL DO AND WHO OUR CANDIDATE SHOULD BE

TODAY IS THE DAY

GO OUT AND VOTE FOR NEWT IN ALL TODAY’S PRIMARIESS!!! AND DRAG 10 PEOPLE WITH YOU

Your vote is worth 100 times more today than normal- because SO FEW PEOPLE vote in primaries.

If JUST freepers show up, we can assure a Gingrich win!

Last election, in my district FIVE PEOPLE showed up to vote, all day long. (not 5 percent, 5 people)

Each of us can scare up 5 people without even trying

I just called my mom and brothers and sisters and none of them were even planning to vote today - probably some of my neighbors too.

CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!


10 posted on 04/24/2012 8:04:57 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition

He is definitely NOT a TEA Party member . . . not with those credentials. This guy can go to hell.

11 posted on 04/24/2012 8:05:38 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: St. Louis Conservative
I'm a T.E.A. Partier and I definitely have no leader!!
12 posted on 04/24/2012 8:08:12 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Horse-hockey!

Not this TEA partier!

I have said it before and I'll continue to say it...

Romney is NOT a conservative.
Romney is NOT even a moderate.
Romney is a northeast liberal Democrat masquerading as a Republican.

13 posted on 04/24/2012 8:09:29 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (Romney = a paler shade of Obama.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Romney can ride in on the Tea Party’s coattails, instead of the other way around. Let Romney deal with a conservative house and a republican senate witn a significant conservative caucus. No liberal judges, no stupid treaties, etc.


14 posted on 04/24/2012 8:10:13 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Okay, that’s it! I’m voting for Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the other liberals. The Republicans really angered me now. Just to show them I’ll help re-elect Obama, by golly, and that’ll let them know how tough I am.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 8:10:17 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Michael Patrick Leahy who? I don't recall nominating this retard to speak for a group that is famous for its lack of leadership.

“Our job in the tea party movement is to cautiously but vigorously befriend Romney, while reserving the right to encourage him — continuously — to align more closely with our core values. This encouragement to align has already begun, and it will continue through and beyond election day.”

Vigorously befriend? What does that mean? He also goes on with some nonsense about "encouraging" Milt to align with us? Get real. He is already actively disassociating himself with the Right.

16 posted on 04/24/2012 8:10:39 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

ATTENTION: ATTEMPTED CO-OP IN PROGRESS


17 posted on 04/24/2012 8:11:10 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Vote for Barak O’Romney? I don’t think so.


18 posted on 04/24/2012 8:11:22 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Tea Partiers are obviously RINO socialists...


19 posted on 04/24/2012 8:13:38 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

TEA Party leader = oxymoron.


20 posted on 04/24/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT by Ingtar (When I donate to FR, it does not take the money and run as every politician I donate to does)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Who died and left this Jackass in charge of speaking for Tea Party members? Romney can pound liberal sand.


21 posted on 04/24/2012 8:15:36 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism is not a party slogan, but a mindset guided by core values and walking the walk.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
PROPERTY OF GEARY GRAPHIC AND DESIGN God and our founding leaders are our leaders... Not a media whore.
22 posted on 04/24/2012 8:15:54 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I wouldn’t count on it.


23 posted on 04/24/2012 8:16:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: From The Deer Stand
Then you are on the wrong forum.

I won't vote for a liberal, regardless of party affiliation.

Since you romneybots have no legitimate argument, you try to belittle conservatives.

Like an abused spouse that says "It will be different this time", and the GOP knows that they can count on you to vote for whatever crap liberal they push. Sad.

Romney WILL lose.

/johnny

24 posted on 04/24/2012 8:16:07 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

25 posted on 04/24/2012 8:16:33 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
I know I will catch some flak, but here goes.

I've done absolutely all I can do to get a conservative nominated. I've sent out money until it hurts and put in countless hours on this computer.

I've even griped at other Freepers if I thought they were giving up in mid battle. I don't believe I could have done any more.

Now it looks like the only choice I can live with is to vote AGAINST Obama.

I have a 20 year old grandson in the Florida National Guard and Obama as commander in chief for four more years just scares the crap out of me. My kid deserves much better.

26 posted on 04/24/2012 8:16:56 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Hostage

“The title is misleading SOP fodder coming from RomBots.”

Perzactly correct. So, what is the true intended function of this Nationwide Tea Party Coalition gambit?


27 posted on 04/24/2012 8:18:23 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: TexasCajun; Syncro
Ping to Syncro.

Would you please ask your friends at the Tea Party Express what they think of this?

28 posted on 04/24/2012 8:18:23 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Did anyone else see lefty Doug Schoen on FOX this morning fawning over Mitty? Romney is a democrat and any “conservative” who votes for him can consider themselves to be democrats from here on out.


29 posted on 04/24/2012 8:18:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
You'll need an infrared camera to see how fired up the Tea Party is about Romney.
30 posted on 04/24/2012 8:18:45 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: TexasCajun

Lots of usurpers out there claiming to be leaders of the Tea Party.

Tea Party Nation
Tea Party Express
Tea Party.org
Tea Party Patriots
etc., etc.,

And the leaders of all these self appointed factions all claim to be THE leader of the Tea Party. And what if these various leaders have differing views on what’s constitutes Tea Party conservatism?

Looks like the unorganized Tea Party situation is primed to be taken over by left-wing infiltrators claiming to speak for the Tea Party movement.


31 posted on 04/24/2012 8:19:08 AM PDT by CaptainKrunch (Freedom is what's fair.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Romney won a majority of tea party folks over Santorum during many of the primaries.

They realize that if Obama is re-elected that it means the end of the constitution, the end of this country.


32 posted on 04/24/2012 8:19:39 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Look, this Michael Patrick Leahy has been claiming to be The Tea Party Leader for a long time. He's a fraud, and possible a Soros plant intended to coopt the movement.

He needs to be discredited, everywhere he shows up.

33 posted on 04/24/2012 8:19:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

This guy got a mouse in his pocket? He might vote for Romney, but nobody I know will...


35 posted on 04/24/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Newt will have my vote in June, if he stays in till then. After that, Romney will have my vote, if for no other reason than I dislike him less than I dislike Obama.


36 posted on 04/24/2012 8:23:03 AM PDT by pallis
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Nice try Jamie, but no sale.

For future reference, tea party folks are quite independent minded and a ‘leader’ is the last thing we want or need. Second, we want our country back and obama-lite ain’t gonna cut it.

I understand all of this is foreign to you, but try to take some time to read - and learn - some American history.


37 posted on 04/24/2012 8:23:20 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

This so-called leader is speaking for himself, and no-one else.

All the Tea-Party Christians I know, will not be voting for Romney.

I’m making sure they know his record, and his record is enough to wave them off on a vote for this lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal.


38 posted on 04/24/2012 8:23:29 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: St. Louis Conservative

NO chance whatsoever.


39 posted on 04/24/2012 8:24:34 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: cotton1706

That’s right. The tea party has got to TAKE OVER the pub party if it wants to have stronger influence over who gets in the sweepstakes to run for potus. It’s power politics. The gop-E wants a “moderate” who can appeal to “independents” who voted for that man last time. We say that strategy is ineffective. Until we have enough clout to force their hand, WE are irrelevant.

In other words, fight like hell but don’t take it personally.


40 posted on 04/24/2012 8:24:46 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

It Romney gets the nod (which appears virtually certain) I will hold my nose and vote for him. I won’t like it but it beats Obama. Staying home would be the same as voting for Obama.


41 posted on 04/24/2012 8:25:17 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Romney hires openly gay spokeman
42 posted on 04/24/2012 8:26:09 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('A man with God is always in the majority.' -- John Knox)
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To: SoConPubbie

Romney is a democrat who makes John McCain look like a rock ribbed conservative.


43 posted on 04/24/2012 8:31:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You might also consider voting against O without voting for Willard, if that is the best choice the two-party system gives us.

My son convinced me that a vote for, say, the Constitution Party candidate will be recorded as a vote against both unacceptable party candidates and that is the statement I wish to make and for the elites to know.


44 posted on 04/24/2012 8:32:22 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: circlecity
Staying home would be the same as voting for Obama.

Voting for Romney would be giving your stamp of approval of the vichy republican march towards absolute marxism, and will just assure the GOP-e that you will vote for whatever liberal they railroad into the [R] slot. There is no lesser evil here IMO, but there is another (plan) "B".
45 posted on 04/24/2012 8:32:57 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: ichabod1
The tea party has got to TAKE OVER the pub party

About about as much chance of that as you taking over the Communist Party of China.

46 posted on 04/24/2012 8:32:57 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('A man with God is always in the majority.' -- John Knox)
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To: Resettozero

And my grandson will still have to serve under Barack Obama.


47 posted on 04/24/2012 8:35:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Rejecting the implied guilt.


48 posted on 04/24/2012 8:39:43 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: kevcol
"Voting for Romney would be giving your stamp of approval of the vichy republican march towards absolute marxism, and will just assure the GOP-e that you will vote for whatever liberal they railroad into the [R] slot. There is no lesser evil here IMO, but there is another (plan) "B"."

I disagree. But you do whatever you feel is proper and I will do whatever I feel is right.

49 posted on 04/24/2012 8:40:55 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Anybody who claims to both support Romney and be a representative of the tea party movement is either confused or lying about one or the other.


50 posted on 04/24/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT by tentmaker (vote for John Galt)
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