Fresno "Tea Party"

April 15, 2009 12:16:11 AM PDT
A "Tea Party" is scheduled to take place in Fresno on Wednesday afternoon. It's part of a nationwide effort by conservative groups to rally support against government bailouts. Local Tea Party supporter Stephen Prout was selling T-shirts advertising the Tea Party on a busy Fresno street corner on Tuesday. "This will be an opportunity for average folks like average people to say we're tired, and sick and tired of the government spending money we don't have." Prout said.

President Obama's economic stimulus program appears to be the target of Tea Parties held across the country. However, the latest Gallup Poll shows 71 per cent of Americans trust the President's handling of the economy much more than they trust Republican leaders.

Tea Party organizer and Fresno State Campus young Republican Ben Bergquam believes the previous Republican administration shares the blame for overspending. "One of my biggest problems is someone saying that they are one thing and doing the total opposite, and that's what we've seen for the last couple years, or the last ten odd years." Bergquam said.

Bergquam said he is hoping to get at least a couple of hundred Fresno State Students in on the March and rally. Organizers are hoping thousands of local residents show up.

The event starts at 1PM Wednesday in the parking lot of the Save Mart Center arena on the Fresno State University campus.

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