Tea-Flavored Republicans Plan Bitter Brew for Dems

Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 09:32 PM

By David A. Patten

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An army of grass-roots Republicans swept into Washington this week, along with blustery weather that threatened to blow away anything that got in its path.

Democrats looking for shelter from the political headwinds may find that a bitter dose of tea awaits them when they come in from the cold and take their seats in the 112th Congress.

Already, this tea-party-flavored GOP conference is taking a teetotaler’s pledge when it comes to banning earmarks in the House and Senate.

Also, newly minted House Speaker John Boehner has bowed to political reality, creating a new position to give the idealistic newcomers who like their tea strong a delegate to represent them at the leadership table.

And those concessions are bare wisps compared with the kettle of tea party energy that is likely to boil over in the next session of Congress, as a more liberal Democratic caucus faces the heat.

The new GOP members of the House — ranging from a rancher to a military pilot to a former NFL lineman to a decorated special-operations warrior who fought in Iraq — form an extraordinary group that appears deadly serious about fixing what’s broken in Washington.

Newsmax had an opportunity to visit with seven of these new conservatives, to hear how they plan to change the political status quo:

Rep.-Elect Jon Runyan: 'Don't Become One of Them'
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Jon Runyan, a New Jersey Republican, says he learned while playing in the NFL to stay "true to your self." Gov. Chris Christie's approach to tackling New Jersey's financial problems could work for the nation, Runyon says.

Rep.-Elect Raül Labrador: Congress Hinders Pursuit of American Dream
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The United States needs an immigration system — specifically a guest worker program — that works, says Idaho Republican Raül Labrador. Congress also must stop trying to manage people’s lives from "cradle to grave," he says.

Rep.-Elect Allen West: Earmark Ban Is Needed
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GOP support in the Senate is crucial to making a ban on earmarks a reality, says Rep.-elect Allen West. The Florida Republican and tea party favorite says the American people own the political process and will hold members of Congress accountable if they back away from campaign pledges.

Rep.-Elect Nan Hayworth: New Congress Must Focus on Tax Relief
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The new GOP majority in the House, with the backing of the tea party, is going to focus on broad-based tax relief, says Nan Hayworth, a New York Republican. Hopefully, that will include extending permanently the Bush tax cuts, Hayworth says.

Rep.-Elect Adam Kinzinger: Congress Must Wrestle 'Mighty Deficit'
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Washington needs to get spending under control, says Adam Kinzinger. The Illinois Republican, who's also an Air National Guard pilot, explains how he intends to balance his work on Capitol Hill and his reserve duties.

Rep.-Elect Chuck Fleischmann: Banning Earmarks Just the Beginning
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Tennessee Republican Chuck Fleischmann says cutting the pork is only "1 percent of the problem" with federal spending. He also contends that repealing Obamacare would help create jobs.

Rep.-Elect Cory Gardner: Give Private Sector Tools to Create Jobs
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Forget the idea that government spending is the way to revive the job market, says Cory Gardner. The Colorado Republican also stresses the need for the nation to be on a "path toward a balanced budget."

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