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2011
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Chris Matthews Laid In To Tea Party Boss Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks, Kibbe Admits “It’s Not the Job of the Tea Party to Cut a Deal”

Chris Matthews had Matt Kibbe of Tea Party group Freedomworks on his show. Needless to say, Matthews got a little fired up when Kibbe tried to hurl talking point at Matthews’ audience and refused to answer exactly how long he’d allow the country to go in to default before taking action on the debt ceiling.

In the end, Matthews point was that Tea Party members in Congress are willing to accept government money to carry out their business — he mentions travel budgets used to attend Tea Party meetings, for instance — but aren’t willing to be serious about paying for that accepted money.

MATTHEWS: This is the problem with your argument. You have an ideology behind you which makes sense. But the trouble with it, when it comes down to running the United States government, you guys don’t accept the fiduciary responsibility to be part of the United States government, do you? Your base is still carrying placards, and you’re still standing outside the Capitol yelling. But you’re not willing to come inside the building and help run the government, which means paying the bills, because you don’t accept that responsibility, do you? To pay the bills.

KIBBE: It’s not the job of the Tea Party to cut a…

MATTHEWS: Right. Thank you.

KIBBE: It’s not our job to cut a deal.

MATTHEWS: THANK YOU. You’ve admitted it.

KIBBE: It’s our job to force politicians to accept their responsibilities.

MATTHEWS: Thank you. The trouble is the Tea Party has found its way in to the government. And there re guys on the Hill, and women, who are getting paychecks from the United States government, who won’t pay the bills of the United States government.

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