Tea Party Bus Makes Scheduled Stop In Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa, Iowa – Tuesday was a very busy day in Iowa for politics. President Obama was in the Davenport area, Sarah Palin was in Pella and the Tea Party Bus made its’ stop in Oskaloosa.
Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum was the scheduled speaker until some last minutes changes found him unable to attend.
Mark Doland was a volunteer organizer for the stop. “We were competing with the Sarah Palin event over in Pella, so we were light on attendance. The people that are here are engaged,” Doland said of what was still a good turnout.
“The Tea Party consists of people who are hard working Iowans and Americans in general,” Doland said of the Tea Party. “It knows no party. The goal is to hold the establishment candidates from accountable when they are not listening to the voice of the people. To hold their feet to the fire and pressure them into representing the voice of the people,” Doland further explained.
“Some of it’s to get people in front of the candidates,” Ryan Rhodes said of the purpose of the Tea Party bus. “It’s most to train Tea Partiers across the state.” Rhodes went on to explain.
I asked Rhodes how the Tea Party in Iowa got it’s start. “We got out there, we wanted a more limited government. We didn’t like what happening on the left or the right and we decided to do something. I’m just one of many groups around Iowa that said HEY, enough’s enough on our local level, on our state level and our federal level and it’s time we start being active getting out there beating the pavement until we get these politicians in line.”
Rhodes says that the Tea Party does “absolutely not” support any candidate. “Our organization will have nothing to do with supporting one particular candidate.”