GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann was online today discussing the conservative movement and radio personality Glenn Beck’s rally scheduled for Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial.
In the online forum, Bachmann said the rally, at which she’ll make an appearance, will focus on “American exceptionalism.” She says the event is not a political rally.
The event takes place on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and will be delivered from the same location as King’s speech. The Washington Post says it’s unclear if the rally will turn out to be as big as hoped, and whether the King connection will draw fire.
One of Bachmann’s interlocutors in the online forum asked how the Tea Party can establish an “open tent.” Bachmann answers:
The Tea Party already is an open tent. I have had African Americans, Latino’s, men, woman, young, old, retired and people from every economic strata contact me with their concern for the Obama Agenda. They are all supportive of restoring America back to our Constitutional framework. The Tea Party is not about one group of people, it is a movement for everyone who believes this government is getting too big, taxing too much and spending at an out of control level. Thank you for your question and I look forward to seeing you at a Tea Party event in the future!
Bachmann chairs the Tea Party Caucus in Congress.