It was four years ago that CNN partnered with the tea party movement to host the first ever Tea Party Presidential Debate. That debate was confirmation that the movement had arrived and finally had the attention of the establishment and the media. Here we are four years later and many would like to write the tea party off as finished. Not so fast.
Tonight, CNN will host their first republican debate of the 2016 presidential cycle. There will be 11 candidates on the main debate stage and four candidates in the happy hour debate. Of the 11 candidates on the main stage, six are tea party candidates, including businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Scott Walker and Senator Rand Paul. Of the elected officials, Rubio, Walker and Paul were elected in 2010 riding the tea party wave. Ted Cruz was elected in 2012 with tea party support.
Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson are both tea party, but neither has held public office. They both have courted the movement for an extended period of time. Carson courted evangelicals as an author for years. Trump was meeting with tea party groups and speaking at tea party events across the nation in early 2011.
I know Donald Trump has been a supporter of the tea party movement for a long while. I received a personal note from him several years ago. He had read an article I was quoted in and was so supportive of my efforts, he tore the page out, wrote me a short note, signed it and mailed it to me. At that time, I had never met Donald Trump. I still haven’t met him. However, I know he has been supportive of the movement, not just through his public events, but through his private actions as well.
On the eve of the CNN debate, using Real Clear Politics numbers, the six aforementioned tea party candidates, have a combined total of 67 percent of support from Republican primary voters.
The most recent poll is the CBS/NYT poll (9/9-9/13) showing tea party candidates with 66 percent of total support.
In the last CNN/ORC poll (9/4-8), support was even higher for tea party candidates with a whopping 69 percent.
Many cringe at the tea party label, so instead, let’s look at the amount of support for the outsiders. The outsiders include Trump, Carson, Cruz and Fiorina. Three of them have never been elected. Ted Cruz, who is hated by the Republican establishment more than Obama, is definitely an outsider.
Recent polling for the outsiders isn’t much different than polling for tea party candidates. The Real Clear Politics average shows 58.6 percent support for the outsiders, with CBS/NYT showing 59 percent support. The CNN/ORC poll shows 61 percent support.
The establishment is sinking and sinking fast. When looking at the amount of support for establishment candidates (Bush, Huckabee, Kasich, Christie, Santorum, Jindal and Graham), the RCP combined total is a paltry 19.1 percent of Republican Primary voters. That total doesn’t include the 4.3 percent supporting businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Some would argue she isn’t establishment. Others would argue although Fiorina has never held office, she is indeed a part of the establishment. Either way, the establishment doesn’t garner enough support to represent even a fourth of Republican primary voters.
So, what can we expect from the CNN debate? It’s reasonable to expect everyone to attack the front-runner on the debate stage. In fact, it already started. Today, an organization run by DC elites, announced a $1 million ad buy to run attack ads against Trump.
This is only the beginning. Politics is a rough and tumble sport. The attacks are going to get worse and become more frequent, not only by the establishment, but by other candidates gasping for air in the 2016 campaign vacuum.
As the candidates duke it out on the debate stage and airwaves, the grassroots should be proud to know that the tea party is still alive and influential in this presidential cycle. Not only do the number of tea party candidates outweigh the number of establishment candidates on the debate stage, the tea party candidates outweigh the number of outsider candidates.
But in the end, voters matter most. When measuring support from voters, the tea party and outsiders win again. Both have the majority of support from Republican primary voters. The candidates of the decaying establishment enjoy only a smattering of support.
Donald Trump’s personal note to me back in 2011 was words of encouragement. Today, I want to encourage all of the tea party candidates to continue to carry the torch of liberty on the debate stage and in their daily campaigning. I also want to encourage Carly to continue to shine as the only woman in this debate.
CNN took a big gamble with the first ever tea party presidential debate and it was very successful. I am grateful for the opportunity and platform that debate gave the tea party movement. Now, while there may not be a debate branded with the tea party label, as long as the tea party candidates stay in the race and participate in debates, every debate is a tea party debate.
I think it can be said that the establishment has been trumped. No pun intended.
Amy Kremer is one of the founders of the modern day tea party movement. Although no longer with them, she is a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots and former Chairman of Tea Party Express.
WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid announced today in a YouTube video that he would not be seeking re-election in 2016, ending a 30-year congressional career.
The majority leader from 2005 until 2014, the 75-year-old Nevada lawmaker limited his fellow Senate colleagues to vote on amendments. His announcement came hours after the senators finished vote-a-rama of many amendments in which Reid held back during his tenure as majority leader.
2016 was seen to be a big fight to remove Reid from the Senate, especially from an ever-growing tea party coalition looking to oust Reid. Barely surviving a tricky re-election five years ago, Reid stated it would be “inappropriate for him to soak up resources while Democrats have a real shot at taking back the Senate.” In an interview after the video, he noted the big expensive states such as Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland and Missouri as top targets for Democrats.
Reid denied any retirement rumors even after suffering a serious eye injury earlier this year as he struggles to regain sight of the eye. In the video, Reid said, “the decision I made has absolutely nothing to do with my injury and it has nothing to do with my ability to be reelected.” The decision to not seek re-election is said from Reid to focus on bringing back Democrats control of the Senate as he rather focuses on that than his own re-election.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of Reid’s political allies who helped him and Democrats take over the Senate in 2006 is considered a favorite to replace Reid in his leadership post. His video announcement after, led to Reid endorsing Schumer of New York over Dick Durbin from Illinois even though Durbin is second to Reid, to succeed him in 2017. The endorsement from Reid hours after announcing his retirement will bring the necessary support from other Democrats to support Schumer as well.
As a former trial lawyer and head of the Nevada gambling commission, Reid was elected to Congress in 1982 and in 1986 he won the Senate seat. Being the longest serving house member from Nevada, he joined the leadership ten years later and took over the majority leader post in 2005 after then leader Tom Daschle from South Dakota lost his re-election bid.
With President Barack Obama elected in 2008 and a Democratic control of the senate, Reid was able to push forward the new health care law, as well as the economic stimulus package with no Republicans voting yes on this measure. In 2013, Reid tried to push for comprehensive immigration legislation. It was passed in the senate but failed in the house. Reid who opposed any immigration policy in the 1990s, changed his views years later as illegals began to flood his state of Nevada.
National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement after the announcement stating this race is a “top pick opportunity for the GOP…there is no hope for the Democrats to regain control of the Senate.” Now with the seat open, the struggle from both sides will become a race to watch during the road to 2016.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced on Monday morning at Liberty University that he has thrown his hat into the ring for president in 2016. Cruz has become the first candidate of either party to officially declare his candidacy.
Opening his speech by stating, “I believe God is not done with America, yet”, he began with his family and his connection to his faith as he provided a detailed story about his parents. His mother, who grew up in Delaware and became a computer programmer, while his father was a Cuban teenage rebel fighter that fled the chaos at the age of 18 to America. Moving along, he mentioned his family problems from alcohol abuse to marital problems until his parents had a religious awakening that helped find their faith. “There are people who wonder if faith is real, I can tell you in my family there isn’t a second of doubt because if not the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother.”
Cruz, the first to officially declare his candidacy via Titter Monday at Midnight, his announcement included a 30-second video of “I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight, will you join me.” A day before, it was reported by the Houston Chronicle of his official announcement for the presidency will occur on Monday.
Mentioning many conservative principles, Cruz told an energetic crowd of students using ‘Imagine’ at the beginning of each sentence laying out what America would be like if he takes office, as each sentence drew many loud applauses. “Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth…Imagine abolishing the IRS…Instead of the lawlessness and the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders…Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core, imagine repealing every word of Common Core…imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel…Imagine a president who says we will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and we will call it by its name. We will defend the United States of America.”
Cruz mentioned Obamacare, as Monday’s anniversary marks its fifth year into law. Gaining national media attention for his 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, Cruz and his vocal opposition of the law led to a tense standoff between Republicans and Democrats. Liberty University is also known for filing a lawsuit once President Obama signed Obamacare into law. Cruz mentioned the failures since it was signed into law of “joblessness, millions forced into part-time work, millions forced into part-time work and millions losing their health insurance and doctor.” Cruz ended by repealing “every word of the Obamacare” come 2017.
Ending his speech, Cruz stated his full announcement with “God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation and I believe God isn’t done with America yet. And that is why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States…We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill that is the United States of America.”
A conservative shooting star and firebrand to the Tea Party coalitions, Cruz a first-term senator is seen as a figure who is outspoken, passionate and energetic of his conservative positions to fight against Washington’s status quo. Disliked by some of his colleagues due to his constant pushback against establishment republicans. In 2013, he is known for the 17-day government shutdown as many democrats and some republicans saw this approach of destroying the country due to his battle to defund Obamacare.
His early announcement now puts Cruz in the advantage as he can seize the attention of the tea-party coalition as well as the big donors. Debuting his campaign announcement at Liberty University, an evangelical university, Cruz is also looking to gain traction of evangelical voters with his Christian conservative message to cut through a crowded field. Evangelicals are looking into former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as their contender as well as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Cruz, if he wins the nomination and the presidency in 2016 is set to become the nation’s first Hispanic president. Although Cruz was born in Canada, stated by the constitution, he is able to run for president since his mother is a natural born US citizen which meets the standards to run. If Cruz fails to win the nomination or drops out, Cruz will still retain his Senate seat through 2019.
After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber.
Republicans appear poised to win three of the net total six seats required to take the Senate. But they are locked in six other, too-close-to call contests in their effort to win the remaining three seats.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday dismissed the notion that party voters are not united behind their candidates.
“Can you point to a race … ? It’s a false narrative,” said group spokeswoman Brook Hougsen, who cited a recent George Washington University survey that shows Republicans with a 16-point advantage over Democrats (52-to-36 percent) in a generic poll on competitive Senate races.
Kevin Broughton, spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a political action committee, singled out a few races, particularly in Kansas and Mississippi, but suggested his troops will rally for the general election.
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has made it clear that the Republican establishment is at war with The Tea Party.
House Speaker John Boehner has attacked Conservatives (“the extreme right wing”), the Tea Party and Tea Party leaders time and time again.
In an interview with World Net Daily, Congressman Gohmert let it be known that it is time for new leadership in The House of Representatives and seek out a House Speaker who will recognize who the enemy is- instead of playing golf with Obama- and capitulating to the demands of the extreme LEFT wing, doing deals on the links or in smoke filled back rooms.
Conservatives have come to regard Boehner as weak, adopting the “go along to get along-reach across the aisle” demeanor of so many “Republicans” who are now seen as RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only) .
The Speaker himself is being challenged for re-election in his own Ohio district.
As previously reported, Gohmer has launched a Political Action Committee, to promote, protect and defend both Tea Party and Conservative elected officials, as well as those new to the political scene.
In the WND interview, when asked if Gohmert was actively seeking to replace Boehner, he said: “I’ve already sought to do that. I think we’ll have a new speaker next January. Hopefully, a Republican. I think we’ll have a new speaker because the tide is going in that direction. Because we have got to have someone who recognizes that when we compromise over and over, and when Harry Reid says, ‘It’s my way or a shutdown, no compromise, no negotiations,’ it is Reid who shutting down the government.”
That’s when Gohmert added quietly, “We’ve got to have someone who is smart enough to realize that, so I guess that will take a change in leadership.”
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Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert is an outspoken statesman who not only rails against the policies of the Obama administration, but fights his own party when establishment Republicans take aim at such Constitutional Conservative colleagues like Senator Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Gohmert is also very outspoken when members of the Republican establishment like Speaker of The House John Boehner and Arizona Senator John McCain go against the will of the American people and guiding principles of The Constitution.
With the 2014 elections on the horizon, Congressman Gohmert has created GOH Conservative PAC– a political action committee (PAC) with the mission of protecting and defending candidates from the mainstream establishment Republican Party.
“That’s been a problem, we’ve seen in some races, where we’ve had leadership come and play and there was no counterbalance. So I’m going to do something about it,” Gohmert said.
“There’s a war against the tea party. There’s a war against conservatives, we’re told. If somebody declares war on me I’m not just going to lie down and take it. I’m going to fight,” Gohmert added. ”You’ve got to have money to fight opposition. The leaders in the party raise money so that [makes congressmen] feel they have to stay close to them. If we raise money on our own we can take a stand.”
Gohmert said he was inspired by the Senate Conservatives Fund, started by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who now heads the Heritage Foundation.
Says Gohmert, “GOH Conservative PAC is recruiting and empowering Members of Congress and candidates who will join with me to fight for conservative principles. I have some big ideas and some very specific policy goals, that will greatly help in getting America back on the right path to peace through strength, and prosperity through decent enterprise.”
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