“So far the RNC has nine sitting and four former governors speaking and [former Alaska Governor] Sarah Palin isn’t one of them,” LaDonna Hale Curzon, Host and Executive Producer, Sarah Palin Radio said as she opened her interview with Amy Kremer. “It’s completely unbelievable to me that the biggest star of the Republican Party, the Vice Presidential candidate from four years ago is not going to be included at this convention,” she said.
Kremer said the RNC is still releasing names of speakers. “There is no one who excites the base like Gov. Palin and people want to hear from her.” Curzon asked if maybe Gov. Palin will be invited, “but the RNC is keeping it big secret?” Kremer answered, “maybe. You never know what’s going on behind the scenes obviously, so I don’t know if she has been asked and they haven’t released it or she hasn’t been asked….there are millions of people out there who support her and want to hear from her.”
RNC and Romney Need Us More than We Need Them…
“No one has done more for this country than this grassroots movement — the Tea Party — and the loud voice of Gov. Palin,” Kremer said. “The party and Mitt Romney need us more than we need them. I believe they need to embrace the Tea Party movement, embrace Gov. Palin, and let’s all work together to make Obama a one-term President.”
Kremer said that Ted Cruz’ victory in spite of being out-spent 4:1 by David Dewhurst was from his passionate supporters working to get him elected. She said that Mitt Romney is going to need grass roots — “people with fire in the belly” — boots on the ground to get elected. She said that while “squishy moderate Republicans might donate their dollars, they’re not the ones going out there knocking on doors, making phone calls, and whatnot. It’s the grassroots that do that, and I don’t know how it can be won without the grassroots.”
Curzon agreed and said that people who don’t feel that passion might vote, but they’re are not going to do Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Work. “Money does not buy elections,” Kremer said. “The bottom line is you have to have the grassroots out there doing the hard work to win the election.”
Kremer said, “without Gov. Palin and the Tea Party, there’s no chance in Hell of taking back the White House and the Senate.” She added that if there were no Tea Party, the country would have already gone over the fiscal cliff.”
Curzon asked why it appears that Romney does not care about the Tea Party conservatives or Gov. Palin. “I don’t know that they don’t care. I hope they understand the power of the movement and why we’re important. Look, 2010 didn’t happen because of the Republican Party. 2010 happened because of the Tea Party. Anybody who thinks it happened because of the Republican Party is just simply delusional,” Kremer said. “Again, they need us more than we need them…I honestly don’t know how they can do it without us.”
No More Falling in Line
“We are that variable they can’t control. They can’t control the Tea Party movement. Yes, we may be supporting Republicans, but what we’ve all learned is that there is a difference between being a conservative and a Republican. We are conservatives. The reason we’re here is because the Republican Party got away from its core principles and values. The movement got started because people were fed up with both political parties, especially the Republican Party,” Kremer said.
“We are a threat to the power that they hold….and they don’t like that, and I’m sure they don’t know what to do right now. I’m sure they know they need us….I hope they embrace the movement. I hope they understand that it’s not wise to alienate Gov. Palin.”
Kremer cited the Wisconsin recall defeat as an example of a grassroots success. The Republican Party did little or nothing to defeat the recall, she said. It was grassroots activists who ensured Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch stayed in office.
Curzon said that the Republican Party “wants more robotic than rogue.” Kremer said the GOP mentality is of “falling in line,” but people are no longer taking their marching order from the party. “They’re sick of it.” She said that instead of giving their money to the Republican Party, people are donating directly to individual candidates and organizations.”
We Must Get Obama Out of Office…
Kremer emphasized that “the biggest thing is, we need to take back the Senate and get President Obama out of office, and it’s going to take all of us to do that.” She said Tea Party Express does have a good relationship with the Romney campaign and the organization will be at the convention with details to be released in another week or so. The Tea Party Express Phone Banking Bus will most likely be there. It was used during the Cruz / Dewhurst runoff.
“Anybody who says ‘Mitt Romney’ is not my candidate, because the candidate I wanted is not the nominee’ — that’s simply a vote for Obama,” Kremer said. “We cannot go down that road. This could be the last free election of our lifetimes, if he is reelected. He’s already spoken about wanting to take over more industries like he did with the auto industry. We cannot continue down this path. It truly is about fundamentally changing this country.”
Curzon asked Kremer who should thought Romney was going to pick as his running mate. “I don’t know, but I hope it’s Marco Rubio,” she said.
Curzon and Kremer spoke about the Wisconsin US Senate race and an advertisement by a leftist group. The conversation moved to the federal budget, and Kremer said “The last time the Democrat-led Senate passed a budget, the iPad didn’t even exist.”
Complete Audio Transcript of Interview with Amy Kremer