Skip to comments.Tea party will ‘absolutely’ back Romney in general election, says movement leader
Posted on 04/24/2012 8:00:09 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
Though the tea party wasnt particularly enthused about Mitt Romneys 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.
Its 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 Romneys not as aligned with us as Michele Bachmann, hes 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 partys grassroots get-out-the-vote activities will be the deciding force of the 2012 presidential election, he contested.
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I took that as being a nice way of saying hold his feet to the fire. I thought he was saying, hey, the tea party and Mitt are not close friends, we are going to be open to being friendly if he wants, but we will be always in his facing forcing him right.
If this guy is a flake or a fraud then ok, I reject the message. It may be just his own personal opinion. I don’t like any name that contains the words “Patrick” and “Leahy” though.
The Tea Party originally started out as an anti-tax movements of protestors who were “Taxed Enough Already”. That was its original intention, anyway.
They’re not speaking for me.
I will never back Romney.
I know you are proud of your grandson. He is making his own career choices and not having to serve against his wishes.
Your insinuations have affected me and have strongly influenced my determination to double-down on resisting the take-the-Republican-or-it’s-your-fault-if-O-is-relected kind of thinking you and, amazingly, some others on FR employ.
Totally reject what you’ve posted.
> Tea party will absolutely back Romney in general election, says movement leader
That should read:
Tea party will absolutely back Romney in general election, says Tea Party Turncoat.
Bachmann was as conservative and Tea Party as we could get. And....she put herself out there and ran for President.
Now you get Mitt or Obama.
I’d take Bachmann any day.
I posted a link to it yesterday, I guess no one had any questions for them here, as it got no replies
Save the link, and you can call in and ask them next Monday.
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April 23, 2012 | Radio Personalities
Posted on 04/23/2012 8:46:27 PM PDT by Syncro
We have a great show tonight - this is the last show before the "Restoring the American Dream" Bus Tour starts!
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Joining Howard tonight will be Ft. Wayne, IN Tea Party Member Emery McClendon. Emery has been recognized as one of the most dedicated activists in the conservative movement. He is the local Tea Party Express coordinator in Indiana and is helping us with our rallies to support Richard Mourdock in his fight against Sen. Dick Lugar..Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer
Amy will be on the show to discuss the details of the upcoming Tea Party Express Bus Tour- "Restoring the American Dream."
The bus tour starts on Friday in Pittsburgh, PA and will continue on holding 20 rallies over a two week period.
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Voting ABO as well, at least the white guy dont hate the USA and have affiliations with the black panthers.
From what I can see there isn’t much difference between obama and romney.Both are friendly to sexual deviants and baby-killers,both want to force us to buy healthcare and who knows what else,both are hostile to private guns,both abuse executive powers while in office,both have aa history of “prevarication” and position switching.
Of two evils,choose neither.
I feel the way you do. My neice and her husband have almost lost their business in the last couple years. He is a master carpenter and the housing and improvement industry, coupled with all the regulations and Obamacare, have forced him to let his regular employees go.
If this economy doesn’t improve for small businessmen like my nephew in law, they will lose their home. On top of that, their daughter has a very bad illness and the medical bills are hurting them terribly.
I will also vote against Obama.
He has to go.
Michael Patrick Leahy
NEVER HEARD OF HIM;
Who appointed this guy leader of the whole Tea Party movmement?..
I suggest you check out my posting history on Free Republic. I’ve fought the battle to get a conservative candidate as hard as anyone here.
WTF ??? I don’t know anyone who supports him except Mormons. They are about unanimous in their support.
Ride the White Horse.
You are going to see the lowest voter numbers for a GOP presidential candidate since Dole.I really doubt the evangelical voters are going to vote for romney.
For conservatives, this is beginning to feel as though the Poles must have felt in 1939:trapped between two insane God-hating megalomaniacs.
It's a philosophy of constitutionally-limited government.
Fact is, undecideds usually go two-to-one for the challenger in Presidential elections with an incumbent.
Based on that alone, Ubama is toast.
Leahy and the corrupt media does NOT speak for me.
I am Tea Party..... and WE OWE ALLEGIANCE TO NO CROWN.
I will not support and I will not vote for ANY GOP-e candidate and that includes RINO Romney.
Ummmm, hate to break it to these people, but there is NO leader of the Tea Party....except each of us individuals whom are a part of it.
No one at Tea Party Nation claims to be THE leader of the TPM
No one at the Tea Party Express either.
Tea Party.org I don't know anything about.
TheTeaParty.net (their founder came on FR and was qustioned and had no good answers and he never posted again) is a clone of The Tea Party Patriots, and is run by a marketer who tries to sell tea party people stuff. And collects lots of donations, misdirected away from tea party events, etc.
Their stated purpose (TPP and TTP.net) is to gather info on tea party groups and post them on their site for networking. That is a good resource at TPP, but other than that, they do that mainly to get donations.
Both them and the TPP are into making money.
One of the leaders of TPP takes credit for tea parties he happens to attend, as if he was the inspiration for them.
I know that as a fact, as he did that about a tea party put on by FR which I attended and saw him there.
He later was intervied by a major publication, and told how he had organized that tea party.
I exposed him by posting a thread here at FR about his fraud.
Both leaders of the TPP claim to be THE leaders of the TPM. And now have split their working together agreement. Who's thunk it?
I won't vote for a liberal. Ever.
Maybe you are on the wrong forum. There are forums for GOP shills. This isn't it.
Tea party has no leader...so speak for yourself oh mighty one.
Absolutely the truth!
I was speaking to a group of tea party people back in '09 and I told them that I knew who the leaders of the TPM are.
I broke the awkward silence by pointing to them and saying it is you, and the other millions that believe in our Constitutional Republic and are joining together to let their voices be heard.
The only conservative running for President that I am familiar with is Virgil Goode...he’ll get my vote before Romney; so I guess this Tea Party ‘leader’ doesn’t know much about the ‘movement’...
Not voting at all is slightly more stupid than voting for Romney. There. Is that better?
Of course, voting for Romney is stupider than writing in and supporting others who are Conservatives.
Yeah, I trust somebody named "Michael Patrick Leahy".
I guess he means that he and the other three guys who meet in his basement every couple of weeks have decided they will vote for the liberal Romney. Whoop-de-doo. Who is this self-proclaimed "tea party leader" anyway? I never heard of him.
More specificly: I reject your implications and insinuation on this one thread today. You tell me you are a good Conservative but that has nothing to do with this thread.
There’s a Tea Party leader?
Staying home is not an option, not that you said it is. There are many other conservatives to support with our vote so I will go do it.
But, unless there’s a change in the D & R leading candidates, I want to voice my opposition to both in writing. That means, for instance, voting for the Constitution Party Presidential slate. Otherwise, a non-vote shows up nowhere.
Absolutely, the tea party can and will support the election of conservatives to the House and the Senate in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game, especially if we are stuck with Romney as the only viable alternative to another four years of Obama. If we’re guaranteed to suffer under one of those two big government liberals, we need the most conservative Congress possible to restrain their instincts to expand government and encroach on personal freedom. I will be voting in November - but not for a socialist or any other anti-freedom, big government leftist.
Suit yourself. I am not going to sit back and put up with 4 more years of Obozo. There will be nothing left to fight for later.
Nothing could be worse than the way things are now.
That wasn’t in DC, was it? It sounds familiar to what happened in DC at the Tea Party.
Where do you come up with this manure? Obamney hasn't won a single Tea Partier over. It's why he can't crack 30%. You mittbots need to go back to DU where you belong.
No Way!! Member of a TEA Party in Texas
They were trying to get a message to me that they wanted me to say a few things (at the DC 9-11-20009 event), but the message hit a road block unfortunately.
It would have been good to get Free Republic mentioned at that huge gathering.
No official “leader,” we are all the leaders.
That is what makes it work.
Someone should tell Michael Patrick Leahy and his fancy title that the tea party has NO LEADER and thus can not be spoken on behalf-of by one random idiot.
Conservatives don’t vote for liberals. It’s very simple.
I also did my best to get a more conservative person nominated. However, it is more important to get rid of Obama than it is to protest against the republican party. He may not be my first or second choice, but at least he is not a communist and a person who wants to destroy our country like Obama wants to.
no one here is voting for Obama, retard.
I think the worst thing to happen to that movement was for it to have a name.
Now some jackass thinks is speaking for the people. He can speak for himself!
was your grandson drafted? no? suck it up.
(and tell him thanks for serving too) :D