Tea Party Express endorses Sen. Mike Lee in 2016 race

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 3:40 a.m.

    Mike Lee, stand your ground and have faith in the truth of the endorsement of the american citizens who believe in our constitution and our bill of rights and the declaration of independence are divine inspiration to the creation of this nation. Manifest Destiny created what left wing democrat socialist and right wing republican bureaucrats want to destroy.

    We the people own this country, not radicals or extortionist or corporate america or welfare socialist. Welfare or health care or personal greed is not a guaranteed government obligation. Independence and free enterprise and pursuit of happiness by self sufficiency is what it means to have freedoms.

    If the left and right wing want socialism and corruption then move to Russia or Cuba and you can see what it means to be government dependents. The equality of socialism means you have nothing, no hope, no money, no freedoms.

  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    Big news event...Tea Party loves Mike.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    It is absolutely impossible to be an LDS Liberal. There is no such thing that can exist...the abortion plank of the Democratic Party alone goes against everything the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints teaches.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    Blue:there is a difference now over 50 years ago. No one cared 50 years ago about the dangers of socialism, and for LDS members, it didn't even matter that one of their own prophets spoke out about it. times are a changing , however, and now the sleepyheads are starting to wake up. socialism is, in the end, anti-god and by any measure, B.O. And many of our leaders are socialists too. the patriots are standing up, so you can do all you want to silence us, but we are not going away-ever!

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 9:55 p.m.

    Lds liberal: Ronald Reagan did increase federal spending and thee other things that you mentioned. However, he did not give amnesty to undocumented immigrants. He welcomed them as I do, wholeheartedly, but legally. His visioning Had nothing to do with amnesty and everything to do with welcoming them legally. The democrats don't believe in responsibility and the republicans have their own issues with that that aren't much better. As far as federal spending, Reagan increased it with policies that increased productivity that Barack Obama would be as an ant standing by an elephant. It is what happens when you understand that government needs to get out of the way of the creative genius called a free American.

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    Dec. 5, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    To "Blue" that is good. I don't want government coming up with any more solutions. Every time they "fix" something we end up programs we can't support and even more problems that need fixing.

    To "LDS Liberal" I would take Ronal Reagan now over anybody else running. The funny thing about the things that you mention that he did that were not very conservative is the fact that he did them as part of a compromise with Democrats. He compromised with the democrats to get the military funding he wanted. They promised to fund his programs, and would cut funding to their programs in the next budget. They never did cut their funding.

    The emergency treatment laws were tacked onto a law that Reagan wanted that allowed you to continue to pay the premiums on your employer health insurance to stay covered.

    Learn some history. Reagan never banned assault weapons. That was a 1994 law enacted by Clinton.

    The amnesty Reagan did was a compromise with Democrats to get more border security. He didn't want it but gave it so that the Democrats would support him

    From Reagan we should learn that Democrats will lie.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    Saint George, UT
    LDS Liberal: Although a screaming liberal progressive, your scathing "defense" of the Republican is not only humorous and ironic,


    Do you know what I find humorous and ironic?

    Kathleen Parker is spot on in her analysis of the GOP in this article,
    and rather than refute or debate what everything she says,
    you decide to go after me.

    FYI -- I happen to be a member of the largest voting block,

    We didn't leave the Republican Party in 1988,
    The Republican Party left us.

    One other thing.

    Reagan won by a 98% landslide because he had the Republican vote,
    AND the Moderate and Independant vote,
    AND a good chunk of the Democrats vote.

    Big Tent, Blue Dogs.

    The Republicans are surround by their own circular Tea-Party firing squad.

    You might want to reconsider.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    re:LDS Liberal

    Interesting that you found Reagan so appealing. Reagan was very vocal as far back as the early 1970's regarding socialized medicine being the gateway to Socialism in America and warning people to recognize it and avoid it like the plague. It was Reagan also that preached "bold colored" conservatism and not pale pastels. Reagan did articulate his message well but the bottom line is his policies worked while those of liberal Jimmy Carter had failed miserably. Reagan and his "its morning in America again" commercials worked also with people because Americans were going back to work in BIG numbers not like the phony and false happy talk from Barack and Harry which America has now found to be a pack of deliberate lies (if you like your insurance you can keep it). Today Reagan would be labeled as a right wing nut by the main stream media and the far left politicians just like Ted Cruz. Reagan's conservative principles are timeless and worked in the 80's just like they would work toady. Good is good and bad is bad regardless of the decade where it is applied.

  • van Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    When people compare Mike Lee to Ronald Reagan I have to wonder if they even had an idea about Ronald Reagan. There is such a universe of huge differences between the two.

    Lets just say, Mike Lee "ain't no Ronald Reagan". In most peoples eyes, he is a total failure to the Republican Party, A failure to the United States of America and a Failure to Utah. I think the great state of Utah will learn its lesson.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    LDS Liberal: Although a screaming liberal progressive, your scathing "defense" of the Republican is not only humorous and ironic, but underscores in unvarnished truth the very things that independent minded patriots know, which is the farce of partisanship that is played out between the two major parties. If it isn't obvious that there is no difference between the parties, there is nothing I can do but sit back yawn, laugh, and watch the scramble for power and the incompetence continue, no matter which party is in power. You are absolutely wrong about Tea-party people in regards to Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was the greatest president in the 20th century. A new leader will arise perhaps to lead America back to prosperity and independence, but it won't be a socialist, no matter how fond you or others are of its philosophy. Socialism only leads to greater human suffering.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 9:43 a.m.


    The gullibility of some people is absolutely amazing.

    I have yet to hear any ideas real SOLUTIONS to our nation's ills from Mike Lee and his buddies.

    Complaining, Yes. Outright lies, Yes. Pandering to extremists, Yes. Begging for money, Yes.

    Someone above mentioned the idea of the Constitution hanging by a thread. Be careful, folks. Mike Lee and his pals are armed with sharp scissors and are about as likely to use them carefully as a two-year old might be.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    The party found "a leader for the ages" in Reagan, who helped lead the party toward "a conservative reform agenda," Lee said.


    I hate it when Tea-Partiers associate themselves with Saint Ronald Reagan.

    He was a RINO,
    and would be publically stoned by them today.

    Increased Federal spending,
    Emergency Medical coverage -- No one ever refused care in Emergency Rooms, regardless of coverage,
    Banning assault and Hand guns,
    Amnesty for illegal immigrants,
    just to name a FEW!

    BTW --
    Ronald Reagan was the LAST Republican many of us ever voted for.
    When Reagan left, we left too.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    Is he going to shut down the government in January? If it was such a great idea, why not try to defund a funded law again? Is that why the tea party endorsed him so early?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    I find it quite funny to hear people complain so loudly about congress - how they are nothing but a bunch of good ole boys that are self serving career politicians with a heavy dose of corruption to boot. They get nothing done - they stand for nothing and political games-man-ship is what they are known for. They take bribes from big business and they don't seem to care much at all for the constitution as they run up HUGE debt year after year. All of this applies to low-life characters like Harry Reid who by the way just exempted his own staff from Obamacare. Mike Lee on the other hand is the exact opposite from all of this. Mike is a brilliant lawyer having plead cases in front of the US supreme court before becoming Senator. Mike ran on being a conservative and Mike ACTED as a true conservative after elected. Mike was sent to Washington to replace a good ole boy Bob Bennett who had become increasingly more blue as the years passed. We need more like Mike!!

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    @ TMR: How did that ACA rollout working out for ya? Yah, I thought so.

  • ute alumni paradise, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    where is orrin? we only hear from him every 6 years. my concern is that mitt will run against lee. i want mitt, but i'd rather have him run for orrin's seat.

  • CKS007 Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    Lee has already shown his true colors of greed and will not be able earn my vote. Mike Lee was a mistake and should be voted out of office in 2016. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long to get him out.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    Let's see --

    Mike Lee accepts an endorsement 3 YEARS before an election.
    Mike Lee refuses to mention the Tea Party by name.
    Mike Lee is trying to distance himself from his own Caucus.
    Mike Lee has drawn the rath of nearly every Republican in Washington.
    Mike Lee is no longer seen as an asset on the National stage.
    Mike Lee causes more damage to the Republican brand, than polish.
    Mike Lee helped Republicans LOOSE more elestions in other areas than helped.

    My guess is Mike Lee knows he's in a heap of trouble.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    Sen. Lee Is against a President who cannot (again cannot) tell the truth.Sen. Lee is against that Presidents policies which are the product of those lies. Sen.Lee is against Sen Reid who shoved the lie know as Affordable Health Care down our throats and then excuses his staff from taking part in this conspiracy.Sen. Lee will be my choice.

  • van Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    That's like Heinz Ketchup indorsing an Oscar Meyer Weiner. Surprise surprise.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Isn't the 2016 race in three years? A lot can happen in three years.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    Mr. Lee and the Tea Party offer absolutely nothing in the way of solutions to pressing national issues, only vacuous opposition to all things Democratic.

    We had to endure this exact same political phenomenon fifty years ago with the John Birch Society.

    Tea Party rhetoric plays well to the shrinking Tea Party base, but otherwise it's a losing proposition and guarantees that no Republican will occupy the White House for at least another 20 years.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:58 p.m.

    Go Mike........he along with Cruz proved to be the only ones in Washington, D.C. who tried to protect us from Obamacare! Lee has exposed the Obama, Pelosi, REID, McCain, McConnell group. Time to clean house on Washington.

  • Befuddled WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:32 p.m.


    You have right to your opinion, I just don't know how on God's green earth you came to it!

  • AllSeeingEye Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    The chatter from some individuals and media outlets about a primary against Senator Mike Lee is shameful and destructive. That's why we feel it's important to come out early and announce our endorsement of Senator Mike Lee for the U.S. Senate, Kremer said.

    Wow--what an interesting comment about a politician who should have been in a primary against a trusted conservative like Robert Bennett, but managed to avoid that primary because of Utah's strange convention system. Utah is the only state in the country where such a thing could have happened. It's time for a change. Let's let the people decide.

    If the Tea Party folks nationally want to endorse Senator Lee 3 years before the next election, that is their right. But, at the very least let's have a system in place by the time the election happens that allows all voters to participate in the primary.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    I believe Mike Lee is the best Senator Utah has ever had by a long ways. But, I have some advice for Mike Lee: Get out after two terms or you will be no better than Harry Reid, Orrin Hatch, or a host of other incumbents that have been bought and paid for by the Kingmen of Washington D.C. In other words, unless he gets out, he will succumb to the power and corruption. The Democrats and Republicans have both colluded to take us to the brink of destruction. Term limits is an absolute necessity, including Mike Lee. In the meantime, I absolutely support him because he represents the best in creating an opportunity society based on free markets and absent crony capitalism, which is what Harry Reid and Orrin Hatch represent. Go Mike Lee!

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 4, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    When the Constitution was "hanging by a thread" in that a small minority of the government (the House of Representatives led by the Tea Party and Lee) was trying to overturn the laws of the United States and the will of the majority, who would have thought it would be Harry Reid that would step in to save the day.

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    Everyone needs some love.
    Isn't that just so kind of them to do that.
    Not many others around willing to do that, and that is a real live true fact.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    That's an excellent reason to "term limit" Mike Lee at one six-year term in the Senate.