FreedomWorks: "We've definitely taken over the Republican Party." [View all]
Tea party influences GOP platform talks in Tampa
TAMPA — When Republicans nominated John McCain for president in 2008, conservative groups associated with the tea party had yet to form.
Four years later, these groups claim they are practically writing the party platform ahead of the Republican National Convention here next week.
"We're extremely happy that the tea party can have this type of influence," said Ryan Hecker, a legal adviser for FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group founded by Dick Armey. "We've definitely taken over the Republican Party."
More than 100 delegates met Monday at the Marriott Waterside to draft the Republican platform in a sneak peek of the Aug. 27-30 convention. The platform is a 50-page document that provides policy statements that will guide Mitt Romney's presidential campaign from here on out.