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Tea Partiers In San Diego Hear From GOP Contenders


Tea Party activists rallied throughout San Diego County on Tax Day hoping to build momentum for the November elections. Some state and local Republican candidates spoke at the events.

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Above: What effect will the Tea Party movement have on the upcoming primary and general elections? And, why is the anti-tax group growing in popularity right now? We discuss the growth of the Tea Party in San Diego, and the impact it might have on state and local politics in the future.

Tea Party groups across California are starting to channel their energy into choosing candidates for the November election. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina spent her Tax Day speaking at Tea Parties and working to earn votes.

“I don’t know if you would call yourself a Tea Partier, a Republican, a conservative, or just a ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,’ but you know what?" she asked the crowd. "All of us have become members of a single party. We are members of the ‘had enough’ party.”

But the Republican stumping won’t have much effect on the Democrats in the upcoming election, according to Shane Finneran. He’s the local leader of the newly-formed Coffee Party. He says his party believes many Americans are distancing themselves from the Tea Party.

“From the Coffee Party’s perspective, there is a significant amount of discontent out there among Americans, with where our government is right now," he said. "But we think that most Americans want to see us mend our political process particularly by focusing on campaign finance reform. Again, we don’t want to kind of throw out the whole system. We don’t think it’s time for a revolution."

Finneran says more people seem to be annoyed by the Tea Party than the IRS.

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