The anti-tax “tea party” protests held April 15 were so successful that two Republican governors are trying a variation of the formula Thursday.
Rick Perry of Texas and Mark Sanford of South Carolina are holding a town hall meeting by way of a telephone conference call to mobilize support for the anti-tax cause, states’ rights and a smaller federal government.
The event is formally called “The Fight for Freedom Call.” Pundits have dubbed it “Tea Party 2.0.”
Each governor will speak for several minutes, and then they will answer caller questions for an hour. The Republican Governors Association expects 30,000 people to listen in.
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RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers told Politico news service that the event constitutes “a great opportunity to mobilize that support.”
He says Perry and Sanford “heard the frustration” of the tea party protestors and “understand that our Republican governors are the best positioned to lead on these issues."
The RGA hopes the event will jumpstart grassroots support for Republican efforts to win the elections for governor this year in Virginia and New Jersey.
“We don’t have to wait until 2010 to send a message to Democrats in Washington that they are spending too much and borrowing too much,” Ayers says. “We’ll have an opportunity to do that this year.”
Many Republicans see the Tea Party movement as a way to galvanize opposition to Democratic policies.
"All you have to be is a mildly awake Republican candidate for office to get in front of that parade," Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, told Associated Press.
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