Tea Party Split Between Sarah Palin, Ron Paul
Libertarians like Paul, conservatives like Palin
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2010 8:50 AM CDT
In this April 15, 2010 file photo, the Capitol is seen in the background, as Tea Party demonstrators gather at Freedom Plaza in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Much as there are two Americas, there are two Tea Parties; one that's libertarian, and one that's socially conservative. Politico ran an exit poll on Thursday's massive tax day protest on the Washington Mall and found that about 43% said that the government needed to promote traditional values. Their favorite Tea Party leader was, naturally, Sarah Palin. A virtually identical 42% said the government shouldn't promote any particular value set. Their favorite politician: Ron Paul.

Overall, the activists were less culturally conservative than mainstream Republicans—asked to rank issues they were angry about, same-sex marriage came in dead last, with 24% saying it didn't bother them at all. Not that the protesters necessarily wanted to be counted as Republicans. Though three quarters believe President Obama is “pursuing a socialist agenda,” roughly the same percentage said they “want to send a message to both political parties.”

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NadePaulKuciGravMcKi
Jan 17, 2011 12:47 AM CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiKh9Ko3mw4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3_hDAEHLyo
NevadaRob
Apr 29, 2010 8:24 PM CDT
I've worked in government all my life, and I can say that the majority of bureaucrats do not have your best interest in mind. They are loyal to their pensions, not the Constitution. They swear an oath and forget it. I support Ron Paul and his libertarian views. As a President, I'm sure Dr. Paul would be shackled and blocked by Congress in every initiative. So electing Dr. Paul would be wonderful, but I wouldn't expect massive change. If we elected libertarian minded Senators and Congressman then things might change. But this is pure speculation....Palin, in my opinion, is one of the biggest idiots out there. Vote for her? For what? More of the same!
Reader38197885
Apr 20, 2010 12:33 AM CDT
the White Supremicist Wing doesn't like Ron Paul because he wont skin his head!