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April 6th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Tea Party leaders: Democrats 'out of touch' on budget cuts

With just two days left for Congress to come to an agreement on the 2011 federal government's budget, Tea Party Patriots' national coordinators Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin respond to Democrats' comments that the Tea Party budget cuts are "extreme" and fueling the drive toward a government shutdown.

Meckler and Martin say the Tea Party has successfully changed the tone of the budget debate. "They have said we are extreme, " Meckler says about the Democrats, "but they are out of touch with American public opinion."

The Tea Party leaders say "spending is out of control," and explain why their "responsible cuts" are needed.

Catch the full interview here:


Filed under: Politics • Tea Party
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. MARK CASE

    THE TEA PARTY IS RIGHT ABOUT ENTILEMENT SPENDING IF DO NOT START CUTING SPENDING RIGHT NOW WE ARE GOING FACE A SECOND RECSECTION.THIS COUNTRY SHOUD PUT A TAX ON ALL IMPORTS AND START MAKIING MOST CONSUMER GOODS IN THIS COUNTRY SO EVERY ONE WHO WANTS TO WORK CAN HAVE A JOB

    April 9, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  2. j a shimel

    the best compromise for trimming the deficit should contain require sacrifice for all Americans but not in a way that causes unnecessary harm to people's lives
    effective tax reforms could help- the bush tax cuts have got to go

    any rich person who wants to leave the country because their taxes go up should do so; some will but most won't

    waste in military spending and frivillous earmarks should be eliminated

    and the medical profession should be reformed in a way to deliver better primary care at a lower cost to the greatest amount of people

    April 8, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  3. Randy Saunders

    Regardless of what you think of the tea party, we need to look at BIG CUTS in government spending. Here's an example, http://polisci.osu.edu/faculty/jmueller/MID11TSM.PDF, it's a great study by John Muller showing that most of the $1T spent on DHS over the last few years has been wasted without improving out security measurable. Government spends money on a whim, without any real measurement of the benefit.

    Let's start by cutting the DHS budget in half.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  4. Jim Jensen

    If a government shutdown is what it takes to get the needed cuts then I support it. I have a bumper sticker on my car "Demand the liberal media TELL THE TRUTH". If anyone you know thinks the republicans are responsible for the government shutdown it's because that's what they are hearing on the liberal news sources. No surprise there. Compromise means the lowering of ones standards. Someone wins and someone loses. Democrats only suggest "compromise" when they are losing. In this case a compromise is a win for Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Obama and a loss for the American people.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  5. Jim

    I just wanted to thank CNN-AM for giving the Tea Party folks a platform to speak without actually getting them to answer any real questions. The fact that you let them say (paraphrasing) "we weren't elected so I don't know why anyone would be mad at us" with out questioning that is amazing to me. You let them skip by the whole Gov't shutdown topic and allowed them to blame the Democrats. You did not question their unwillingness to compromise on their ideas (well you did but they promptly blamed Democrats). Lastly they stated they represent the American people, they don't represent me and I suspect there is a substantial number of other people who they don't represent, guess I'm not American...

    Oh and their complaints that the 'media' distorts them, why doesn't anyone ever question them on that? Certainly it is not CNN since you didn't even bother to push for answers.

    Before I get called a lefty liberal, I have never voted for a Democrat in my life.

    I expect more from CNN, even on a 'talk' show like AM....

    April 6, 2011 at 10:47 am |