Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believes that the Tea Party is a fad that will fade when the United States' economy improves.
In a Jan. 9 interview on NBC's Meet the Press, Reid said that the conservative political movement will "disappear" when the nation's financial troubles stabilize. He added that the economy is steadily improving, which could spell the demise of the Tea Party.
"I don't think the Tea Party had the vigor and support that people thought it would," Reid told the media outlet. "You know, a couple of them won [their midterm elections], but most of them lost."
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Tea Party favorite, responded to Reid's comments on Fox News Sunday. Paul said that the movement is "a force that is critical of both Republicans and Democrats," adding that the national deficit — which is at $13.8 trillion and climbing — is a chief concern of Tea Party members.
Freshmen Tea Party lawmakers ran on platforms that called for reduced government spending. Tea Party legislators have said that earmarks, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are some of the items that may have to be reformed in an attempt to slash the deficit.