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Unformatted text preview: his response to Obama Wednesday, Boehner made clear that there would be spending cuts and no tax increases in any deal: "The American people know tax hikes destroy jobs. They also know Washington has been on a spending binge for years, and they will only tolerate a debt limit increase if we stop it." Now he needs to be equally clear and resolute when it comes to raiding our defense budget. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 220 Mercury Politics Uniqueness – Tea Party – Unity Now Boehner and Tea Party on the same page now Martz, reporter, Mansfield News Journal, 6-12-11 (Linda, “Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to Ashland crowd” Mansfield News Journal, http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20110612/NEWS01/106120302, accessed July 6, 2011, EJONES) Boehner was asked what impact the tea party movement has had on the GOP. "The tea party has brought new energy to the political process," Boehner said. About 80 percent of its members are "the most normal, average Americans" who had never before gotten involved in politics, and the rest are disaffected Democrats and Republicans, he said. "They want smaller government. They want jobs. They want to get rid of Obamacare. Why would I have a problem with that?" Boehner edged away from directly endorsing any Republican as a presidential candidate. He said he wanted someone with experience, perhaps someone who has run a business. "I believe we will produce such a candidate, and I can't wait to know who it is," he said. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 221 Mercury Politics Internal Link – Tea Party – Clout The Tea Party controls the GOP – Bachmann’s rise proves Holland, Contributor to the Irish Times, 6-27-11 (Steve, “Tea Party luminary Bachmann begins Republican presidential selection bid” The Irish Times, Lexis, Accessed July 6, 2011, EJONES) CONSERVATIVE FIREBRAND Michele Bachmann will test the limits of how far a favourite of the Tea Party movement can go when she formally launches her campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination today. The Minnesota congresswoman, who promises to cut spending, shrink the government and repeal President Obama s 2010 healthcare overhaul law, may well pull the Republican campaign toward the right in her bid for an upset victory. After months of flirting with a run, Ms Bachmann (55) enters the Republican campaign with an event in her home town of Waterloo, Iowa. Her strong performance at a New Hampshire debate two weeks ago has given her a boost. A Des Moines Registerpoll issued on Saturday of likely participants in the state s Republican presidential caucuses showed her in second place, with 22 per cent support, right behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, with 23 per cent. Interviewed on the Fox News Company Dossier Sundayprogramme, she was confronted with what the interviewer called past verbal gaffes and mis-statements of fact, and he asked her: Are you a flake? That would be insulting, to say something like that, because I m a serious...
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