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Tea party gathers for Phoenix convention

Dan Gerdes, left, and his wife, Mary Gerdes, both from Johnson, Neb., make Tea Party centerpieces at the Convention Center in Phoenix Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. About 2000 people are expected to attend the The American Policy Summit, a gathering of the top Tea Party Activists in America geared toward connecting Tea Party groups and individuals to focus them on success. (AP Photo/Jack Kurtz/ARIZONA REPUBLIC)

Dan Gerdes, left, and his wife, Mary Gerdes, both from Johnson, Neb., make Tea Party centerpieces at the Convention Center in Phoenix Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. About 2000 people are expected to attend the The American Policy Summit, a gathering of the top Tea Party Activists in America geared toward connecting Tea Party groups and individuals to focus them on success. (AP Photo/Jack Kurtz/ARIZONA REPUBLIC)

Tea party members are gathered in Phoenix for three days of meetings to push reforms and back Republicans.

Several speakers are scheduled to address the Tea Party Patriots policy summit at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Among the speakers scheduled to address the convention are former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, former U.S. Rep. John Shadegg and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Arizona Republic reports an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 tea party members are expected to attend.

A Tea Party Patriots national coordinator says the group has a 40-year plan to instill in Americans the core values of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.

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3 comments

  1. That is a pretty small turnout considering the hype this convention has been getting!

  2. Koch/Koch 2012

    AntiChrist/Beast for the New World Order

  3. Wonder if Dan and Mary have forfeited their social security and medicare for the “cause.” Have Shadegg, Paul and Arpaio agreed to not take their lavish public pensions and healthcare benefits? Did Paul vote to take away the corporate welfare midwest farmers know as crop subisdies? Hypocrites all.

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