Tea Party Rallies Against Presidential Visit
Quincy, IL – Dozens of Tea Party members from Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri turned out for the President's speech in downtown Quincy. They held signs, waved flags, and voiced their opposition near the Oakley-Lindsey Center.
The focus then shifted to a Quincy Tea Party-sponsored rally at the Holiday Inn. More than 300 people turned out for the event.
Organizer Steve McQueen says the turn-out for a weeknight was unbelievable, especially since he says multiple events are being planned and operated at different locations.
"The goal, tonight, was that we wanted to show a presence at President Obama's rally," says McQueen, "that's our right and responsibility and we are very glad we did that."
Many of the speakers, during the two-hour event, called for a repeal of the new health care law, the securing of the U.S./Mexico border, and the following of the U.S. Constitution. McQueen says the top priority for Tea Parties across the country is the November 2 election.
"We will rally and get together and motivate each other," says McQueen, "but the game is changing. What you are going to see is a high level of professional ism and a high level of strategy involvement in campaigns and as we move forward in 2010, we will be a force."
McQueen says the Tea Party is backing candidates with conservative principles. He says the organization wants candidates who will take those principles to office and represent their contituants.
McQueen says that idea is why the rally was also used to roll out and promote the Ensuring Liberty Caucus. He says the caucus includes members of Congress who will fight for conservative values.
"The Ensuring Liberty organization's board is made up of tea party leaders from California, Illinois, and Missouri," says McQueen, "We have been working for months and are ready to go and take off with it."
McQueen says members of Congress have already signed on to be a member of the caucus. He says the goal is to gain 15-20 seats in November to add to that group.
Some of the members of the new Ensuring Liberty Caucus spoke to the group, via the internet, during the rally. They include Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), and Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ).
You can hear more with Quincy Tea Party Founder Steve McQueen by clicking the audio link above.