Tea Party activists will meet at the U.S. Customs House in Charleston on Tax Day to protest how their taxes are being spent. Senator Jim DeMint says the GOP needs to throw its full support behind Tea Party ideals.
I think we have a chance as conservatives to create that big tent that both parties have longed for. If Republicans will embrace the passion, the energy, the ideology of the Tea Party Movement, I think you will see a resurgent Republican Party. If some of our leadership continues to stiff arm the Tea Party Movement, what they are doing is stiff-arming the consensus of the American people.
Interviewed last week on WTMA in Charleston, DeMint says he is focusing changing the direction of the Republican Party in Washington.
I’m trying to pull our party back to the middle. I think our party has gone to the left in Washington, but not in South Carolina. When I visit Republicans here or across the country, the party itself, the people, they are right in line with our core principles. We’ve just got some old timers who have been hanging on too long in Washington.
Tea Party rallies are scheduled statewide today as well as in Washington, DC.