The Tea Party: Taxed Enough Already? (No. 702)

First Aired Thursday, October 28, 2010

Montana Focus examines the impact that the Tea Party might have in the November election.

Ayn Rand's ATLAS SHRUGGED is at the top of their recommended reading list. They are passionate about property rights and the constitution. Montana Focus examines the potential impact that the Tea Party might have in the outcome of the November election. Will the Tea Party succeed as a viable third party in American politics? 

In an off year election, candidates endorsing Tea Party themes are shaking up the status quo with primary challenges around the country. They eschew big government and embrace property rights and the constitution. They are big fans of Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged'… so much so that the Billings, Mont., Tea Party chapter is called Montana Shrugged.

Tea Party proponents are quick to underscore that there are no leaders in this group. In fact, decentralizing is a key component of the movement. Their doors are open to all political persuasions, but the largest number of Tea Party members are GOP conservatives, and they're mad. Will anger over the handling of the financial crisis and issues like health care reform be enough to change the outcome of some of the key legislative races?

Tea Party supporters weigh in on what makes them tick, and what ticks them off, as Montana Focus examines the potential impact that the Tea Party might have in the outcome of the November election.

The Tea Party: Taxed Enough Already?