Tea Party Caucus Launches, Adds New Member

In a packed room of “Tea Party activists, four Republican senators launched an official Senate Tea Party Caucus, a unique partisan entity in the chamber,” Fox News reports.

"Thank you for sending me some help," Tea Party darling Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., beamed, as he welcomed Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky.

No other GOP senators, of the 47-strong conference, have opted to join the group, though many profess support for the conservative movement.

Moran said he just decided Wednesday to join the Tea Party Caucus. "The issues it stands for are important to me," he told Fox. Those issues, according to organizers who addressed the group, are deficit and debt reduction and a focus on deep cuts in spending.

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