Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Keli Carender talks with Soledad O'Brien this morning on "Starting Point," arguing why GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was not a good candidate.
She says Republicans did not have a good ground game and "sat on their hands" after the 2009 election, and she argues that having Romney as a candidate meant they couldn't criticize Obamacare.
“In a nutshell, the Republicans sat on their hands for four years," Carender says. "After 2008, you had Barack Obama and the Democrats who left paid staffers in critical swing states and offices open, and they were working to identify new voters… that they managed to register in the four years between the two elections. And I don’t know what the Republicans were doing. The Tea Party was just getting started.”
"We had a candidate who was forcefully the biggest issue of this election, which was Obamacare, on the table because he had Romneycare to deal with. And if we had been able to so as the center right coalition, if the candidate had been able to take Barack Obama to task for one of the most unpopular laws this country has ever passed, then I believe that we could have been successful in ousting president Obama," she adds.
The Tea Party is riding the same train that Romney was on. If you only speak with people who agree with you then you can't see what the rest of the people want. The majority of Americans are quite happy about Affordable Health Care and it is one of the most popular programs in a long time. Romneycare was not a detriment to Romney's campaign. Had he embraced it he would have received more votes. Paul Ryan was the major minus, since he was too much like the Tea Party. The majority of the Tea Party Express candidates lost their race.This means that the majority of Americans do not agree with you on the issues. The government isn't too big. The deficit is a result of not enough taxation. Now that people know more about the tea party, interest in their organization has gone into the looney, not what the rest of the country wants, realm. Millions of Americans do not want a small government, nor do we want individual states deciding what its population wants. We have no problem with raising taxes instead of cutting programs. Rep. Latourette is absolutely right. The people of America, for the most part, are tired of the Tea Party and consider them just a lot of background noise. Seriously, you are the center of America? Not by any stretch of the imagination.
If Romney's followers could believe what he was saying then Romney had promised to repeal "Obamacare" im mediately upon his election. So,it would appear that Carender's remarks are those which lack credibility.
Starting Point airs weekdays from 7am to 9am ET on CNN. Check in often to join the daily conversation.