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November 17, 2010 / J. Shaw

Will Tea Party concentrate on Economic crisis?

Tea Party urges truce on social issues……..

A few weeks ago, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a possible dark-horse candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential race, urged Republicans and conservatives to make a truce on social issues and focus instead on economics. Daniels is, essentially, a libertarian in Republican clothing, so this wasn’t a particularly surprising plea. Nonetheless, he was met with much scorn and skepticism from social conservatives in the Republican Party, including ex-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Now leaders in the Tea Party movement are following in Daniels’ footsteps, urging GOP leaders to set aside divisive culture warfare and embrace the economic issues that presumably unite conservatives across the board. In a letter signed by groups as wide-ranging as GOProud – a gay Republican caucus – and The Tea Party Patriots and New American Patriots, the signatories write: 

This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issue, nor should it be interpreted as a political blank check.

Already, there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party’s message and use it to push their own agenda – particularly as it relates to social issues. We are disappointed but not surprised by this development. We recognize the importance of values but believe strongly that those values should be taught by families and our houses of worship and not legislated from Washington, D.C.

We urge you to stay focused on the issues that got you and your colleagues elected and to resist the urge to run down any social issue rabbit holes in order to appease the special interests.

The Tea Party movement is not going away and we intend to continue to hold Washington accountable.

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