2014-01-23T155453Z_1_CBREA0M187I00_RTROPTP_2_USA

Democrats should exploit fissure in Tea Party: senator

Schumer holds a news conference in New YorkDemocrats need to tackle Tea Party Republicans head-on by promoting government as a “force for good” and exploiting differences between the conservative movement’s wealthy backers and its rank-and-file members, Senator Charles Schumer said on Thursday. Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said his party has failed to stem the appeal of the Tea Party, which emerged in 2009 as government spending skyrocketed and helped Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in 2010. “The fundamental contradiction here is not only that government didn’t cause many of the problems, but that the average citizen and even the average Tea Party member likes and wants to retain most of what government does,” the New York Democrat said in advance excerpts of a speech he was slated to give at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington.

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