Tea Party Stops in Jackson

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

"They don't care what we think," A voice said from the podium at a Tea Party Rally in Jackson Friday.

It's a movement that has made a lot of noise since it began in February of last year, and there's no doubt the Tea Party has gained a lot of support along the way.

"I love this country, and I believe it's going in the wrong direction," Jackson resident Penny Bavin said. "But I think we can turn it around."

"We have to solidify our nation, not republicans, not democrats, but we need to become one," Tom Babcock of Rives Junction said.

But now is the time to see if that enthusiasm can really translate into votes.

"The goal is to send conservatives to Washington, not republicans, but conservatives," The National Tea Party Express Chairman, Amy Kremer, said. "We've worked very hard to change people's minds in Washington and now we're going to change their faces."

The National Tea Party Express tour made a stop in Jackson Friday to rally the troops in support of their beliefs and the candidates who they've endorsed.

"I came to hear from Tim Walberg, Babcock said. "He seems like he has all the qualities of what we're looking for."

"These rallies are great, people really realize they're not alone, that there are others out there who feel as they do," Kremer said.

This is the fourth cross-country tour for the Tea Party Express, and they say their success in the primary shows they are effective, but the real test will be Tuesday.

"Our ultimate goal is to get out the vote on Tuesday," Kremer said. "That's why we are doing this cross-country tour."

Those who attended the rally in Jackson said they will definitely be at the polls on Tuesday, but the question is,how many more just like them will do the same?

The Tea Party Express plans to hold more rallies over the weekend. It rolls through Ohio and then to the northeast leading up to election day.

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