Exclusive: Sen. Lugar Says Tea Party Has Been Good for America

Exclusive: Sen. Lugar Says Tea Party Has Been Good for America

05-07-2012
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In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Sen. Richard Lugar says the Tea Party has been good for America but understands that he’s in danger of losing because he’s an incumbent politician.

“Some take the position that if you stripped all of the members of Congress out, that would be good riddance, just start from scratch. Surely somebody else could do better. It's rather indiscriminate, in terms of anti-incumbancy. And I understand that.“

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David Brody: What do you make the Tea Party? I know there are some Tea Party groups that are supporting you. There are others that are not. Not about these groups, what about the movement itself? We saw with the debt ceiling that there wasn't much budging at all when it came to the debt ceiling and some of the new Tea Party freshmen in the House. What is your sense about the movement of the Tea Party? Is it good for America?

Sen. Richard Lugar: I think it has been. I would just say that as Tea Party would say to you, and maybe have, there is no 'Tea Party movement,' there is no coordinated effort. There is no Indiana Tea Party. In fact, in many counties, there is not even a county Tea Party.

There are groups of people who are very disturbed, very angry as a matter of fact, over usually the loss of jobs in their communities, or in their families or with their young people who have found life impossible. This is a very tough period and they're angry.

They're angry furthermore at the spending of government, whether it be this year or last year, or sizable $15 trillion debt that has been accumulated and they're saying we're just heading over the brink. So, as a result, we've got to stop all of this.

Some take the position that if you stripped all of the members of Congress out, that would be good riddance, just start from scratch. Surely somebody else could do better. It's rather indiscriminate, in terms of anti-incumbancy. And I understand that.

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