Tea Party Express Begins National Bus Tour 2012

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Published: August 30, 2021

With the Republican campaign for the White House taking shape, hundreds of Tea Party activists kicked off a 2012 national bus tour on Saturday, aiming to rally their base and new recruits to the conservative political cause.

As supporters waved American flags and carried signs that read, “I’ll keep my money, guns and freedom, you keep the change,” organizers said the “Reclaiming America” bus tour was about restoring good governance.

“We want Washington to live within its means, just like we do,” said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, a group organizing the tour. “We’re in an economic downfall. Meanwhile, politicians are busy attending cocktail parties instead of focusing on the issues.”

The rally, dotted with women wearing “I Am Sarah Palin” buttons in salute of the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, marked the start of the fifth Tea Party Express bus caravan across the country. Organizers plan stops in 29 cities, with extra time slated for early primary and caucus states like Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, winding up on September 12 in Tampa, Florida, for a debate sponsored by Tea Party activists.

The group has invited presidential hopefuls to join rallies along the way to address supporters. There was no official crowd estimate. However, the two-hour rally drew several hundred activists to Napa Valley Expo, a fairground in northern California’s wine country.

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