Despite a reduction in the momentum the Tea Party has created nationally, Hoosier candidates say the group’s supporters are making a big impact on their campaigns. Republican candidate for senate Dan Coats said the Tea Party meeting he attended in Terra Haute Wednesday was one of the biggest he’s seen.
“They are the spark that started the fire that has engaged and gotten people out of their homes and out of their businesses and out of their neighborhoods to support the principals of the constitution and get us back on a sensible path,” Coats said.
Coats said Tea Party meetings like last night’s indicate the conservative group is alive and well in Indiana. And local candidates, like Republican Candidate for State Representative in District 46 Bob Heaton, said Tea Party activism will likely give them a leg up as well. Heaton who represents the counties along highway 46 from Southern Vigo to Bean Blossom Township in Monroe County said the group’s enthusiasm is encouraging participation from people who have not formally been politically active.
“People are taking a stand, making phone calls, going door to door and they truly want to take back America,” Heaton said.
Both candidates agree job creation is one of the most important issues for voters to consider as they head to the polls in November.