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FreedomWorks to Protest Romney’s Tea Party Debut

Mitt Romney will deliver his first speech at a tea party rally this Sunday in New Hampshire — and he’ll be greeted by protesters.

FreedomWorks will band with some Tea Party groups in New Hampshire to object to Romney’s inclusion.

“One of the great successes of the decentralized tea party movement has been its ability to self-police,” said FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe in a statement. “If every political opportunist claiming to be a tea partier is accepted unconditionally, then the tea party brand loses all meaning. Our grassroots activists will be in New Hampshire on Sunday to defend the tea party ideas of small government and fiscal responsibility, and to remind Mitt Romney that when it comes to policy, actions speak louder than words.”

FreedomWorks cited Romney’s positions on “government-run healthcare, the TARP bailout, and his cloudy stance on cap and trade,” as the reason for their objections.

Romney has come out strongly against cap-and-trade in recent years, and while he defends his Massachusetts health-care program, has said he will fight for the repeal of Obamacare if elected. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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