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Tea Party Leaders Defend Boehner

By Jim Meyers   |   Friday, 04 Mar 2011 12:20 PM

A prominent House Republican and several tea party leaders from across the country have come to the defense of House Speaker John Boehner after a small part of the tea party movement accused him of not doing enough to cut spending.

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips said on Wednesday that Boehner needs to push for deeper spending cuts and threatened to oppose him with a primary challenge in 2012.

But Amy Kremer, who chairs the Tea Party Express, said neither Phillips nor any other tea party leader speaks for the movement as a whole.

She called Phillips a “friend,” USA Today reported, but said of his remarks: “I don’t think it’s helpful, but that’s Judson. It’s hard when you go out there and start attacking someone when you want them to work with you. I think we need to remain focused and not get distracted on these things.”

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Speaker John Boehner gets credit for Democratic concessions. (Getty Images)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Majority whip, also defended Boehner. He told CNN: “I think you should see what Speaker Boehner has done.”

He pointed out that Boehner has gotten concessions from Democrats.

“The president said he was going to freeze spending. [Boehner has] already got the Democrats to agree that there had to be cuts. Look how far we’re going to go. You haven’t seen our budget yet.”

Referring to Phillips’ tea party group, McCarthy said: “I understand the frustration they are having. We have frustrations about where the government was going. That’s why we ran for office. That’s why we fought so hard to get the majority, to get the gavel.”

Noting that the GOP took control of the House just recently, McCarthy urged patience: "We didn't get in this place overnight and we're turning it around every step every day, so I would say judge us as we go forward, but each step is a great improvement."

And Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler said Phillips’ attack on Speaker Boehner “doesn’t serve the movement and doesn’t help the debate forward.”

Boehner told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that House Republicans will take on the issue of entitlements, which account for more than 60 percent of government spending, in their budget plan for next year.

President Barack Obama did not address entitlements in the budget proposal he unveiled this year.


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