Boehner: 'Tea Party' Protests a Legitimate 'Political Rebellion'

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House Republican leader John Boehner says nationwide protests known as "tea parties" are the result of pushback against Democrats' spending.

Speaking to the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of the religious conservatives in Washington, Boehner blasted the Democrats for "bankrupting" the country. He said people are demonstrating and attending town hall meetings because "we're in the midst of a political rebellion in America."

Boehner said the crowd at tea party he attended over Labor Day weekend near his home in Ohio drew 18,000 people, with the message to Congress that "enough is enough." A prominent demonstration that weekend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., drew tens of thousands in an event that organizers said was in opposition to big government proposals.

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