Tea Party Group Urges Bachmann to Drop White House Bid
The Tea Party group American Majority is urging Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to drop her White House bid, CNN
In a blog post Thursday on the group’s website titled “Bachmann’s Floundering Can Damage Tea Party,” American Majority President Ned Ryun said that “It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go.” American Majority operates in seven states, helps train thousands of tea party activists and is “liked” by 371,000 people on Facebook.
“Since her meteoric rise this summer and win in the Iowa Straw Poll, her campaign has been plagued by losses of top staff, lackluster fundraising, and a seeming lack of direction,” Ryun continued.
“The strength of the tea party is all individual’s opinions are valued but the no single leader speaks for it,” said Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian. “Mr. Ryun, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is entitled to his own opinion. And that’s exactly what he’s expressing.”
Ryun admits to liking Perry’s flat tax plan but has not formally endorsed any of the GOP presidential candidates.
Ryun also contends that as Bachmann continues to sink in the polls, she will focus more on social issues to appeal to more of the Republican base. “There is nothing wrong with addressing your base during a campaign,” Ryun wrote. “As an evangelical who is deeply pro-life, I can say that while many inside the tea party movement are socially conservative, social issues are not what drives the tea party.”
Other leaders in the tea party movement voiced support for the Minnesota congresswoman and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots said Bachmann “has fought and championed the tea party core values . . . when very few others were willing to take up the mantle.” Levi Russell, director of public affairs for Americans for Prosperity, said, “I think it’s too early to call for anybody to drop out.”