Sound The Alarm! The ‘Code Red’ Tea Party

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December 15: Protesters descended on Washington on Tuesday to hold a “Code Red” rally on health care. Conservatives dressed in red, apparently in reference to a red alarm, and chanted, “Kill the bill!” Several Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Jim Demint and Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at the event, as did radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a long time supporter of the Tea Party movement, speaks to the crowd. In her speech, Bachmann invoked an inaccurate — but perhaps prescient — historical analogy.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and FreedomWorks chair Dick Armey.

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Pictured is Colin A. Hanna, president of “Let Freedom Ring,” as he riles up the crowd.

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Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had said he was putting Capitol Hill on a “code red” alert to stop the bill from progressing in the Senate.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and a protester dressed as “Button Gwinnett,” a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Jeff Malet / maletphoto.com

Jeff Malet / maletphoto.com


An apparent reference to one Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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