Local tea party organization meets to discuss GOP candidates

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Just two days after the South Carolina primary, the four remaining Republican presidential candidates faced off in another debate. This time in Florida, which holds its primary on January 31st. All four are set for another debate on Thursday night. Here in Texoma a local tea party organization came together to talk about the GOP presidential hopefuls.

Dozens gathered at the Texoma Patriots meeting tonight to share information and exchange ideas on the remaining GOP contestants left in the race.

Organizers say they want people to be educated so when the Texas Primaries do come along people will know where to place their vote.

Amy Zimmerman is one of the youngest members of the Texoma Patriots and says she was never a big fan of politics until a year ago when she saw it really mattered.

"The whole Obama administration. Just everything that's been happening. The health care issue in particular just simply because of my mom's health," Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman says since then, her political knowledge has grown and knows how important a single vote can be. She wishes more people would come around and participate in elections.

"My generation should be the ones out there," Zimmerman said. "I don't know how to get it across that it's their future. It's their children's future."

Coordinator of the Texoma Patriots Kaaren Teuber says the group's mission is to educate voters in the community, especially young voters, on conservative issues and candidates.

"You can see the color of my hair, I'm not doing this for me necessarily, but for the generations to follow and they do need to get involved and become aware. It's really critical," Teuber said.

At the meeting the big topic was the heated race between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

Teuber says as an organization they do not endorse any one person, but discussions like they are having tonight help each of them make their individual decisions.

She says her vote, goes to Gingrich because he is a fighter and someone who will get this country back where it needs to be.

"Our goal as a tea party is to educate people on these principles, and let's bring America back to these principles because that's the only way we're going to survive as a nation," Teuber said.

Though tea party leaders believe it is important for everyone to make a wise vote for a presidential candidate, members know not everybody cares about the presidential elections; however, they hope people at least get involved in their local elections.

"A lot of people don't think you know, the president even matters and they don't have any actual say, but you know your city council does, your mayor does, police chief," Zimmerman said.

Also in attendance at tonight's meeting were several candidates running in local elections hoping to spread the word about their campaign.

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