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Unformatted text preview: nvention got from tea party founder Jenny Beth Martin during her lunchtime address yesterday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. "Just because they have an 'R' next to their name doesn't give them a free ride," Martin said to loud applause. Martin, from Atlanta, is co-founder and CEO of the Tea Party Patriots. Time magazine declared her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2010. Ohio's first We the People Convention concludes tonight after a speech at noon by Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund and an evening address by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Martin spoke particularly harshly about Boehner, calling him out for not cutting the $100 billion from the budget that he and other Republicans pledged, and for not standing up to Democrats on the budget. In a stinging rebuke, Martin compared Boehner's approach to the budget to Democratic former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's actions on the health-care overhaul. "What does Speaker Boehner do?" she asked. "He goes into a back room with (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid and President Obama and makes some more deals." Martin's attacks against the Republicans raised the question, can the tea party movement and the Republican Party remain united in their opposition to Obama and the Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, through the 2012 election? Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Maloney doesn't see why not. "I think that there's far more which unites our causes than divides us," he said. "Friends can disagree with each other at times." Maloney said that the Ohio GOP was proud to have worked with the local tea party groups during the 2010 election, and he thought they would continue to work together during the 2012 cycle to "retire Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown." Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 244 Mercury Politics Uniqueness Answer – Tea Party – Not Unified with GOP – Bashing McConnell The Tea Party doesn’t like McConnell – he won’t sign the cut, cap and balance pledge Bolton, reporter for The Hill, 7-2-11 (Alexander, “McConnell has Senate Tea Party problem” The Hill, July 2, 2011, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/169505-mcconnell-has-his-own-tea-party-problem?page=1#comments , accessed July 6, 2011, EJONES) House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is not the only GOP leader in Washington with a Tea Party problem. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is coming under some Tea Party pressure of his own in the debate over deficit reduction and raising the debt limit. Tea Party-backed lawmakers are pushing McConnell to insist on passage of a balanced budget amendment in exchange for allowing an increase in the debt limit. McConnell has resisted, however. He argues that a balanced budget amendment, which requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers, simply doesn’t have enough votes to pass the upper chamber. But this has put him out of step with some of the hardcharging conservative freshmen in the upper chamber. Staffers for conservative senators recently met with Senate Republican leadership st...
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