Tea Party Express Rolls Through Iowa

Posted in: Iowa City Owl Political News and Opinion
Conservatives around Iowa are awaiting the arrival of the Tea Party Express, which is scheduled to make stops in Sioux City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport, Iowa during the group’s national bus tour on August 31, and September 1. The Express is coming to rally support for the upcoming Iowa Caucus, and 2012 Presidential Election.

The Tea Party Express, a group created to support the conservative populist Tea Party Movement, has arranged to make stops Wednesday, August 31 in Sioux City and Des Moines. The Tea Party Express will hold additional rallies in Cedar Rapids and Davenport, on Thursday September 1.

Each rally scheduled will call attention to what the Tea Party Express believes are “some of the worse offenders in Congress, who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes, and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses,” according to the group’s website.

Various high-profile Tea Party members and supporters, including Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Michel Bachmann have been invited to speak during many of the rallies.

The bus tour, which departed from Napa, California on August 27, is scheduled to make 31 stops in 19 states on their 15 day journey to Tampa, Florida, where the tour will culminate with the first-ever Tea Party Express Debate on September 12.

Iowa, with 4 stops on the tour, the most of any state, has been given additional time slots, along with Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Iowa is receiving the most attention because of the upcoming Iowa Caucus scheduled for February 6, 2012, which is well known for garnering desired media attention for presidential candidates.

The Tea Party is amassing some seemingly needed support as a recent CNN ORC Poll suggests; 31% of those polled came out in favor of the Tea Party movement, while 51% found the Tea Party unfavorable. 18% were unsure.

Darcy Van Orden, an organizer for the Utah Tea Party retorted against the poll: “...you can pretty much poll and get whatever results you want; I disagree."

There are presumably others with that same doubt. Rasmussen Reports’ General Election Poll taken earlier this month places President Obama’s approval rating at only 43%, only 4% above Michele Bachmann at 39%.

This slim gap between the Tea Party’s top presidential candidate and President Obama in approval is only more reason not to be doubtful of the influence of the Tea Party in America.

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