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Tens of thousands answer the Tea Party

By Doug Published: October 2, 2010

The Washington Post is reporting that tens of thousands of people from many unions, environmental groups and liberal organizations gathered at the Lincoln Memorial today as a response to the Tea Party.

The groups behind the march - including the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, USAction and the U.S. Student Association - hope to make a political statement in response to conservative commentator Glenn Beck's rally in August. That gathering partly filled the Mall with tens of thousands of his supporters, and tea party groups across the country have held anti-tax rallies. But fewer people than in August gathered at this march.

Fox News summarized the purpose this way:

With a month of campaigning to go and voter unhappiness high, the Democratic-leaning organizers hope the four-hour program of speeches and entertainment energizes activists who are crucial if Democrats are to retain their majorities in the House and Senate. The national mood suggests gains for the GOP, and Republicans are hoping to ride voter anger to gain control of the House and possibly the Senate.

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