On Friday, Starting Point‘s Soledad O’Brien spoke with Keli Carender, the national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, on where Carender believes the GOP went astray in this election,
“In a nutshell, the Republicans sat on their hands for four years,” Carender said. “After 2008, you had Barack Obama who — and the Democrats — who left paid staffers in critical swing states and offices open and they were working to identify new voters. I think I heard it was 1.8 million new registered voters, likely Obama voters, that they managed to register in the four years in between the two elections. And I don’t know what the Republican party was doing. The Tea Party was just getting started. So I’d say, at one point, they failed to do the part that the democrats were doing for the last four years in campaigning.”
Secondly, Carender continued, if Romney had been in a position to really go after ObamaCare, then “I believe that we could have been successful in ousting President Obama.”
As for Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette‘s assertion yesterday that — as some, including the Tea Party Patriots, have complained — the argument that Romney was too “moderate” a candidate is “crap” and that the party needs to do more to reach out to more moderate Republicans as well as to Latinos, Carender maintained that the tea party movement is primarily one concerned with fiscal responsibility, a constitutionally-limited government, and free markets — not social issues.
What’s more, she added, a majority of Americans agree with these essential tea party values and, as such, “we are the center of America.”
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