In the next step for broadening Tea Partiers' cause, one of the leading faces of the movement stepped onto the set with Jon Stewart.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, promoting his new book, "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto," was interviewed for the Daily Show yesterday.
Stewart called the book "a manifesto, which is close to Karl Marx there."
"I wasn't happy about that," replied Armey.
The book, which outlines the history of the movement to its present form, gives readers an inside view of the political phenomenon. The book's motto is "lower taxes plus less government equals more freedom."
"Division of labor works when people mind their own damn business," Armey continued. "The problem with government is just that its not very disciplined at minding its own business."
Tea Party supporters are united by a belief in the pursuit of individual liberties and a limited government. Historically, they are older, white, Republican males. By sitting down with Stewart, Armey seems to be hoping to tap into other demographics.
The former congressman took Stewart's laid-back approach in stride, except for one slightly awkward exchange. "If you and I were left on a desert island," Armey said. "Now how would that happen?" Stewart asked. "One of us is going to be the government," Armey said. "How tall are you?" Stewart said. "I'm going to have a gun," replied Armey.
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