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January 27th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Senator Mike Lee: Tea party isn't there 'to replace the Republican Party'

The Democratic and Republican caucuses are longstanding institutions on Capitol Hill but today the Senate is welcoming another organization as the Senate tea party caucus holds its first meeting. The caucus may have gotten off to a slow start with only three members, Founder Mike Lee of Utah, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rand Paul of Kentucky, but Lee joined American Morning and says the goal isn't to be a big organization. Lee argues, "even if it stays at three, it will fulfill its purpose of allowing people who sympathize with the Tea Party movement to communicate their ideas to the United States Senate." Lee states the goal isn't even to "to replace the Republican Party" but rather provide an alternative viewpoint to longstanding ideals. Watch Senator Mike Lee's full interview with American Morning's T.J. Holmes:

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