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Chamber Of Commerce On The Tea Party: We Need Candidates 'Who Understand The Free Market And Not Silliness'

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“We are going to get engaged,” Reed said. “The need is now more than ever to elect people who understand the free market and not silliness.” 

The just-resolved budget and debt crises exposed a schism on the right between tea partiers and and big business. Polls showed that tea party voters largely dismissed the threat of default, while a group of conservative Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill said that hitting the debt ceiling wouldn't have been problematic. 

Those sentiments were at odds with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supported the deal to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling.