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Last Line of Defense, by Ken Cuccinelli

Government Bullies, by Rand Paul

The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Roig-Franzia

An American Son, by Senator Marco Rubio

The Tea Party: A Brief History, by R. Formisano

Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story, by Gov. Nikki Haley

Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper

Tea Party Patriots, by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin

2012 State of the Union address to Congress

The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williams

Now Or Never, by Sen. Jim DeMint

America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson

Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump

Core of Conviction, by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN)

Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan

A Nation Like No Other, by Newt Gingrich

Why She Will Win, by Ron Paul Jones (May 21, 2011)

The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul (Feb. 22, 2011)

America by Heart, by Sarah Palin

Fed Up!, by Rick Perry (Nov. 15, 2010)

The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin. by Stephen Mansfield

Give Us Liberty, by Rep. Dick Armey

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Tea Party on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Disdained narrow exemptions for churches on birth control. (Jun 2012)
  • Regulate abortion clinics more; oppose right to abortion. (Jan 2012)
  • Regulate abortion clinics more; oppose right to abortion. (Jan 2012)
  • Moral opposition to abortion, but not a focal issue. (Jan 2012)
  • Strategically silent on social issues to preserve unity. (Sep 2010)
Tea Party on Budget & Economy
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  • Against Bush's bailout bill & against Obama's stimulus bill. (Feb 2012)
  • Act of cowardice by lawmakers to inflict generational harm. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: Congress waives PAYGO even when slightly inconvenient. (Feb 2012)
  • Fiscal responsibility applies to both Democrats & GOP. (Feb 2012)
  • Taxation & regulation replaces wisdom of the market. (Feb 2012)
  • Audit the fed: Congressional oversight needed. (Feb 2012)
  • Fed's job has been to print money; that drives up inflation. (Feb 2012)
  • Financial responsibility to cut $61B from budget. (Jan 2012)
  • 2009: Tea Party sparked by opposing mortgage bailout. (Jan 2012)
  • Economic pessimism: Great Recession part of downward spiral. (Jan 2012)
  • Don't raise debt limit; already facing economic Armageddon. (Jan 2012)
  • Budget woes more about coming collapse than redistribution. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Party made all politicians look seriously at $15T debt. (Dec 2011)
  • Tea Party movement reborn based on massive 2008 bailout. (Aug 2010)
  • When times are tough, government should make do with less. (Aug 2010)
  • Bush's Wall Street bailout ignited Tea Party firestorm. (Aug 2010)
  • Movement born in objection to stimulus plan. (Aug 2010)
Tea Party on Civil Rights
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  • Majority oppose gay marriage or civil unions. (Jan 2012)
  • More male Tea Party members, but more female leadership. (Jan 2012)
  • Racial minorities seen as undeserving, but so are whites. (Jan 2012)
  • 2010: Supported two Southern blacks for House; both won. (Oct 2011)
  • Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes. (Aug 2010)
  • OpEd: Few African-Americans at Tea Party events. (Aug 2010)
Tea Party on Corporations
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  • Corporate tax rate worldwide declining, except in US. (Feb 2012)
Tea Party on Crime
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tea Party on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tea Party on Education
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  • Vouchers give students and parents the power of choice. (Feb 2012)
  • Shut down failing schools; end collective bargaining. (Feb 2012)
  • Vouchers work: Schools either get better, or they close. (Feb 2012)
  • College kids should get jobs, not Food Stamps. (Jan 2012)
  • Dismiss objectionable intellectuals as over-educated elites. (Jan 2012)
Tea Party on Energy & Oil
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  • Outraged at phase out of incandescent lightbulbs. (Apr 2012)
  • All-of-the-Above instead of Cap-and-Trade. (Aug 2010)
Tea Party on Environment
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tea Party on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tea Party on Foreign Policy
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  • Truth, justice, and American way are needed worldwide. (Feb 2012)
Tea Party on Free Trade
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  • First principles: individual freedom & free markets. (Aug 2010)
Tea Party on Government Reform
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  • Get state legislative "voice votes" on the record. (Apr 2012)
  • Government jobs (takers) replacing manufacturing (makers). (Feb 2012)
  • Return to original four federal Departments. (Feb 2012)
  • Earmarking is an odious practice, even if only a few billion. (Feb 2012)
  • Interstate compacts are preferable to federal action. (Feb 2012)
  • 2005 Kelo case revises the Fifth Amendment. (Feb 2012)
  • The Repeal Amendment: 2/3 of states to overrule federal laws. (Feb 2012)
  • We're gaining control of DC, but just getting started. (Jan 2012)
  • Restore constitutionally-limited government. (Jan 2012)
  • Insist on legislators actually reading bills before voting. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Party supports G.O.P.: Government Of the People. (Nov 2011)
  • Invoke Boston Tea Party's anger against establishment. (Nov 2010)
  • Pressure Congress for moratorium on pork. (Nov 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Aug 2010)
  • Permanently repeal capital gains & death taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Not about right-versus-left, but about big-versus-small. (Aug 2010)
Tea Party on Gun Control
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  • Important goal to safeguard Second Amendment rights. (Jan 2012)
Tea Party on Health Care
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  • OpEd: ObamaCare & bailouts both just throw money at problem. (Apr 2012)
  • Rise up against takeover of banks, cars, & health insurance. (Feb 2012)
  • Replace ObamaCare with healthcare interstate compacts. (Feb 2012)
  • Tort reform needed to avoid costs of "Defensive Medicine". (Feb 2012)
  • ObamaCare was forced down our throats. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Tea Party came from angry "No to ObamaCare!". (Nov 2011)
  • Civil society is reasserting itself at the ballot. (Jun 2011)
Tea Party on Homeland Security
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  • Outraged by how citizens are manhandled at airports. (Sep 2012)
Tea Party on Immigration
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  • Oppose use of government services by illegal immigrants. (Jan 2012)
Tea Party on Jobs
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  • Real unemployment is 18%, counting under-employment. (Jan 2012)
Tea Party on Principles & Values
Click here for 42 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • Framework for Tea Party in 2002; didn't ignite until 2009. (Jun 2013)
  • Tea Partiers took action and made it up as we went along. (Feb 2012)
  • Movement strategy: Prod, Pressure, and Primary. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: Tea Party won't become well-organized political party. (Jan 2012)

    Anti-Establishment

  • 2009: finally confronting big-government leviathan head-on. (Feb 2013)
  • OpEd:Tying Tea Party to DC politicians de-energizes movement. (Jun 2012)
  • 2011 freshman class felt unambiguous mandate to change DC. (Apr 2012)
  • Conservative Congress more important than GOP Congress. (Apr 2012)
  • 2010:Knocked off establishment picks in GOP Senate primaries. (Feb 2012)
  • GOP is lesser of 2 evils: eternal vigilance on both parties. (Feb 2012)
  • Obama is subject of immense suspicion of illegitimacy. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Common dislike of incumbents and establishment. (Jun 2011)
  • Unconventional because they've had enough of establishment. (Feb 2011)
  • Original 1773 Tea Party fought ruling establishment also. (Feb 2011)
  • 2010: Championed Marco Rubio over Florida GOP candidate. (Aug 2010)
  • 2010: Championed Mike Lee over Utah GOP candidate. (Aug 2010)
  • OpEd: Seize control of the Republican Party. (Aug 2010)

    Origins and Demographics

  • 2010: 52 Tea Party Caucus members among 87 GOP freshmen. (Apr 2012)
  • Tea Party Patriots organized after Rick Santelli rant. (Feb 2012)
  • Grassroots activists: not just Republicans, even some Dems. (Jan 2012)
  • Bottom-up Tea Party differs from city to city. (Jan 2012)
  • About 160,000 active participants in Tea Party movement. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Party Demographics: Mostly middle-aged and beyond. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Party includes some astroturf and some grassroots. (Jan 2012)
  • More Americans identify with Tea Party than Dems or GOP. (Feb 2011)
  • No national organization speaks for the Tea Party. (Feb 2011)
  • 9/12/09 Coalition: fiscal restraint & Constitutional limits. (Aug 2010)
  • 2009: Libertarians included in Massachusetts Tea Party. (Aug 2010)
  • Feb. 2009: "It's time for another Tea Party". (Aug 2010)

    Political Philosophy

  • We, the people, feel threatened as our nation slips away. (Feb 2012)
  • Many people are Tea Partiers and don't know it. (Jan 2012)
  • Stop the blame game; start common sense solutions. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Party message: we the people are coming. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Party includes both moral conservatives & libertarians. (Jan 2012)
  • Borrow Alinsky's community organizing methods from the left. (Jan 2012)
  • Defining book: The Five Thousand Year Leap. (Jan 2012)
  • Separate Tea Party from GOP response to State of the Union. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Partiers are Constitutional Conservatives. (Nov 2011)
  • OpEd: we love America & dislike what's happening to her. (Nov 2010)
  • Contract From America: Our liberties are inherent. (Aug 2010)
  • Movement for change; including Alinsky Rules for Radicals. (Aug 2010)
  • A social movement, not a political party,& hence sustainable. (Aug 2010)
Tea Party on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • Younger Americans might give up receiving Social Security. (Feb 2012)
  • Older citizens have earned Social Security. (Jan 2012)
  • Increase the payroll tax to sustain Social Security. (Jan 2012)
  • Think Tanks support privatization; grassroots does not. (Jan 2012)
Tea Party on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • FairTax & flat tax: on consumption instead of production. (Feb 2012)
  • 80% oppose taxing the rich, compared to 56% in GOP. (Jan 2012)
  • T.E.A.: Taxed Enough Already. (Nov 2011)
Tea Party on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • Social media allows organizing opposition without Party. (Jun 2012)
  • Open-source community grew to 1.2 million in 2 months. (Feb 2012)
  • Leadership opposes net neutrality; grassroots has no opinion. (Jan 2012)
  • Ordinary folks, dismissed by MSNBC and establishment pundits. (Nov 2010)
Tea Party on War & Peace
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tea Party on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Support earned entitlements, but oppose unearned handouts. (Jan 2012)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Disdained narrow exemptions for churches on birth control: Opposes topic 1
Regulate abortion clinics more; oppose right to abortion: Opposes topic 1
Moral opposition to abortion, but not a focal issue: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Racial minorities seen as undeserving, but so are whites: Opposes topic 2
Equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes: Strongly Opposes topic 2
OpEd: Few African-Americans at Tea Party events: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Majority oppose gay marriage or civil unions: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Defining book: The Five Thousand Year Leap: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Replace ObamaCare with healthcare interstate compacts: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare was forced down our throats: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare was forced down our throats: Strongly Opposes topic 5
OpEd: Tea Party came from angry "No to ObamaCare!": Strongly Opposes topic 5
OpEd: Tea Party came from angry "No to ObamaCare!": Strongly Opposes topic 5
Civil society is reasserting itself at the ballot: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Older citizens have earned Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Increase the payroll tax to sustain Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Think Tanks support privatization; grassroots does not: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers give students and parents the power of choice: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers work: Schools either get better, or they close: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Outraged at phase out of incandescent lightbulbs: Strongly Favors topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Important goal to safeguard Second Amendment rights: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Corporate tax rate worldwide declining, except in US: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Government jobs (takers) replacing manufacturing (makers): Opposes topic 11
FairTax & flat tax: on consumption instead of production: Strongly Opposes topic 11
80% oppose taxing the rich, compared to 56% in GOP: Strongly Opposes topic 11
T.E.A.: Taxed Enough Already: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Permanently repeal capital gains & death taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Oppose use of government services by illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Get state legislative "voice votes" on the record: Strongly Favors topic 16
Pressure Congress for moratorium on pork: Favors topic 16
Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
All-of-the-Above instead of Cap-and-Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Against Bush's bailout bill & against Obama's stimulus bill: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Taxation & regulation replaces wisdom of the market: Strongly Opposes topic 20
T.E.A.: Taxed Enough Already: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Movement born in objection to stimulus plan: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Tea Party is a Moderate Conservative.
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