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Tea Party Express Hits the Road

March 27, 2010 - 1:58 PM | by: Cristina Corbin

Fewer taxes, less government and no ‘Obamacare’ — that’s the message the Tea Party Express hopes to send to Washington when it descends Saturday on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nev.

The Tea Party Express, one of the most visible factions of the national Tea Party movement, officially kicked off its cross-country, 42-city bus tour outside a hotel in Laughlin, Nev., early Saturday.

Dozens of activists gathered in the parking lot of Harrah’s Laughlin hotel and piled into a caravan of three buses, headed for Reid’s dusty hometown of Searchlight, where movement organizers said they are expecting a crowd of up to 10,000 conservative activists.

“Harry Reid is symbolic of the problems in Washington in the sense that he’s been the leader in the Senate of all the things we’ve been against — expanding the government, increasing the deficit and raising taxes,” Sal Russo, chief strategist of the Tea Party Express, told

“He campaigned as a moderate, but has moved so far to the left,” Russo said. “Voters are tolerant of different views, but what they don’t like is when someone campaigns one way and then governs by another.”

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to headline the rally in Searchlight, and there will be an appearance by Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, who rose to fame during the 2008 presiential election when he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama over taxes.

The movement’s main rallying cry will be for repeal of the health care overhaul that Obama signed into law last week.

“There’s great frustration with that policies within the health care reform bill run counter to our view as to the proper role between government and the individual,” said Joe Wierzbicki, coordinator for the Tea Party Express.

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