Tea Party Movement Makes Strides With Elections Of Paul, Rubio And Johnson

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Tea Party movement makes strides with elections of Paul, Rubio and JohnsonThe Tea Party scored several major victories on Nov. 2, including the election of Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mark Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in Senate races.

In other key wins for the conservative/libertarian movement, Republican Nikki Haley was elected governor of South Carolina and more than a dozen Tea Party-backed candidates won seats in the House of Representatives.

"We've come to take our government back," said Paul, the son of U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), quoted by The Associated Press.

JennyBeth Martin, a co-founder of the organization Tea Party Patriots, said that activists will host a meeting for newly elected lawmakers on Nov. 14 in order to remind them of the core values that led to the movement's emergence. She told the news provider that her group will make sure Tea Party-backed candidates do not break the promises they made on the campaign trail.

In a television interview on NBC's Today Show, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he watched Paul's victory speech and he has "no problem with him at all." Reid, who earned his re-election by defeating Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, said he's ready to work with Republicans in Congress.

"Legislation's the art of compromise," he said during the interview. 

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