One of the leaders of the Tea Party movement warned Sunday that Republicans could face as big of an electoral backlash as Democrats if they don’t “get some courage.”
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), now the chairman of Freedomworks, a major backer of the Tea Party movement, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the modern Republican Party’s lack of courage is a “big reason” for widespread frustration with both Democrats and Republicans.
Armey cited the GOP’s distance from a controversial budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as a prime example of what is behind the grass-roots uprising known as the Tea Party movement, and how that movement could spell trouble for both parties come November.
Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, has called for the partial privitization of Social Security and for health insurance vouchers instead of traditional Medicare benefits for Americans over 55 as a way to reduce the long-term deficit.
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