Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 1, 2014
Just because former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is leaving Washington, D.C. at the end of the year doesn’t mean she thinks the Tea Party – of which she is a leader – is going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the Minnesota Congresswoman thinks the grassroots movement is as strong now as it was during the 2010 Midterm elections.
Bachmann, who is the founder and chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, made the assertion on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Friday as the two discussed the future of the Tea Party movement in the United States, which celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier in the week.
“I think that we are looking as strong in 2014 as we were in 2010 when as a result of that strength we took the gavel out of Nancy Pelosi’s hand,” she told co-host Bill Hemmer. “I believe that we have the potential to take the gavel out of Harry Reid’s hand in the U.S. Senate this year, and that’s because Americans want to adhere to principles of economic sanity – they don’t want to have this out-of-control spending madness from either party.”
Earlier in the segment Bachmann noted that the movement “is alive and well and kicking.”
“You see it reflected in the polls, I think especially the one was done recently that showed that six in ten Americans are disaffected with Obamacare – 55 percent according to your own poll say they wish the law had never been passed,” she said. “This impetus really came as a result of the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party rose up because the American people were sick of this out-of-control spending. The Tea Party believes we’re taxed enough already, the government shouldn’t spend more than what it takes in and it should follow the Constitution.”
Bachmann also told Hemmer that the GOP needs to focus on political unity in 2014, particularly when it comes to candidates for office – a particularly noteworthy remark considering that infighting between the Tea Party movement and the Republican establishment potentially cost the party several House and Senate seats over the past two cycles.
“Our message this year needs to be about unifying – and if we find a candidate that we agree with 80 percent of the time we get around them, because one thing the political left understands [is that] you have to win elections, that’s what we have to do to govern,” she said.
And, in case you’re worried that Bachmann will be leaving the political realm for good, Bachmann told Hemmer she “intends to be here for a long time to come.”
Watch the segment below.