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April 12, 2012

Tea Partiers backing Republicans

More than 100 people rally around the Howard County Courthouse

For members of the Tea Party in Howard County, it doesn’t really matter who will be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

During a rally Thursday attended by approximately 125 people on the steps of the Howard County Courthouse, no matter who there first choice was for president they were united against President Barack Obama.

It could be expected that those in attendance were opposed to Obama’s re-election and were supporting the Tea Party-backed candidacy of Richard Mourdock for the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate nomination.

Stacey Piekarski said Mitt Romney would not have been her first choice for the GOP nomination and she leaned toward Rick Santorum.

“Romney wouldn’t have been my first choice, but because he will be running against Obama, I have to support whoever is running to get him out,” she said. “I was a little disappointed when [Santorum] dropped out, [it] just wasn’t going to happen.”

Gwen Herrick, of Royal Center, said her pick was Newt Gingrich because he is outspoken and tells it like it is.

“Romney was not my first choice, but I would support a pig against Obama,” she said. “I think Romney can do a good job, not as conservative as I would like. [I’m] afraid if he gets elected he will swing back toward the middle.”

“If Obama had governed from the middle I wouldn’t be as bothered as much,” Herrick said. “But he swung so far to the left we have to move to the right to even things out.”

Mathew Turner lost interest in the presidential race once Herman Cain ended his campaign. He said his least favorite candidate is Paul.

“I’ll support whoever is running against Obama,” Turner said. “Anybody but Obama’s mentality at this point.”

Phil Kesnar said he was probably the only Democrat at the rally, stating curiosity brought him to the event.

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