Sound The Alarm! The ‘Code Red’ Tea Party

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December 16, 2009 12:29 p.m.
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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├é┬áRepublican 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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Jeff Malet / maletphoto.com

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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