5000 Attend Florida Tea Party Rally

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email

Vero Beach, FL - March 28, 2011

They showed up for the rally with their Tea Party hats, their signs, and one guy even brought his possum, dressed in a Tea Party T-shirt.
Thousands of Tea Party members, fed up with federal spending in Washington, turned the fairgrounds in Vero Beach into a giant Tea Party shindig.

Tea Party Member Larry Wheeler says, "All they want to do is spend money up there and there is no money to spend."

Jerry Kingsbury says, "We believe in fiscal responsibility and we don't believe the government needs to spend the money that they are spending."

A former American Idol hopeful Krista Branch got things going. The reason for the Tea Party holding a rally now in late March is because it's tax season and the April 15 tax deadline is approaching. They say it's that time of year when many Americans are thinking about how much income tax they pay, and how much of their hard-earned money the government is wasting.

Cheryl Griffin, a Tea Party member from Ft. Pierce, says, "I want fair taxes and I want for our voices to be heard. I don't like what's going on in Washington."

Tea Party member Martin Zickert, "They just think they can spend, spend, spend and their whole job is to get re-elected and they really don't care about the American people!"

U.S Senator Marco Rubio, a darling of the Tea Party movement, told the crowd he knows federal spending is out of control and he'll do something about it, if he can find a way.

Rubio says, "We have a government that continues to spend more money than it takes in. Our federal government borrows 4 billion dollars a day just to keep the lights on!"

Rubio says too many politicians are more concerned about their re-election campaign than trying to solve our problems.

"The time has come for leaders in both parties to ask themselves aren't there things more important in the world than our individual political futures? Isn't our country more important than our next campaign?" says Rubio.

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