Tea Party Partiots http://wfpl.org en Tea Partiers, Conservative Groups Target Mitch McConnell at Launch of Anti-Obamacare Tour http://wfpl.org/post/tea-partiers-conservative-groups-target-mitch-mcconnell-launch-anti-obamacare-tour <p>A pair of conservative groups are kicking off their campaign to de-fund President Obama’s health care law in Kentucky to pressure Republican Senator Leader Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers.</p><p>For America and Tea Party Patriots visited the state on Tuesday to launch the "Exempt America Tour," which plans to visit the political doorsteps of five key GOP leaders in Congress including stops in Virginia, Mississippi, Texas and South Carolina.</p><p>The tour plans to draws attention to efforts to take out funding for Obamacare in the budget, which is being led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tx., and supported by a handful of other Republican senators.</p><p>It's a strategy that's divided the GOP, with leaders in Washington voicing caution while conservative activists—such as <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/27/sarah-palin-backs-defund-obamacare/">former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin</a>—arguing "forced enrollment" is unconstitutional.</p><p>"People in Kentucky and Senator McConnell know that we don't think Americans should have to pay for Obamacare. That’s why we’re in Kentucky," says For America campaign manager Scott Hogenson. "And we're starting in Kentucy because as the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, we think he’s the first person we want to talk to."</p><p>Critics of this strategy say the Tea Party and others are playing into the Obama administration and Senate Democrat's hands. That pushing for a standoff to shut down the federal government will not work.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:10:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6623 at http://wfpl.org Tea Partiers, Conservative Groups Target Mitch McConnell at Launch of Anti-Obamacare Tour