COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Pledging fidelity to the Constitution and vowing to carry the tea party’s banner to Washington, the Republicans chasing the GOP’s presidential nomination are pitching themselves as the strongest candidate to roll back four years of President Barack Obama’s tenure.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says the Obama administration flaunted the constitution to push a political agenda. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota calls Obama’s policies “unconstitutional.” And Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has a better record on jobs than Obama.

Labor Day marks the unofficial start to the 2012 campaign for the White House.

Five Republicans appeared during a forum Monday with Sen. Jim DeMint in his home state of South Carolina. Perry was in the state, too, but at a different event.

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Comments (8)
  1. G Dog says:

    And raise corporate profits by continuing to lower wages to American workers. Big Business is the REAL Big Brother. Government is scapegoated by the Koch brothers, Neo-cons like Karl “Adolf”Rove and Grover Nordquist and his ilk.

    You want the 1800’s with the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Rockefellers and JP Morgans? Vote Tea Party.

  2. babs1947 says:

    TOO BAD they can’t roll back 8 years of Bush!

  3. Murph says:

    Southern rednecks are soooo gullible!

  4. Me says:

    Fools. They’re pandering to the TPers when statistically, they’re such a small part of the voting public. They’ll get Billy Joe Bob’s vote but lose Phil’s, Mary’s, Ellen’s, Jose’s, Sven’s and Irene’s in the process.

  5. Tom says:

    Fighting to carry the Tea Party banner, that is something to be proud of. NOT!

  6. Reasonable says:

    Mission Accomplished?

    At any rate, it’s good to see that the fire and brimstone crowd is keeping themselves entertained.

  7. Billy Bob Has Guns says:

    Bush Bush Bush. Bush, Bush Bush Bush Bush! Tea Party! Bush! Tea Party, Tea Party Tea Party Bush!

    Intelligent liberal chat! Lets ignore Obami’s 38% approval rating! Or the fact that he has done NOTHING for the past 2 1/2 years. He has folded or failed to accomplish anything but to bail out Wall Street and the rich! Yet the liberals blame the Tea Party for helping the rich. Obami had both houses and still couldnt get anything done but to give Pelosi 15 minutes of prune face fame. Bush sucked! Get over it! Clinton was too busy playing with cigars to care about anything! Obami has done nothing! The country is polarized like never before in history. And guess what? The next president will suck just like Regan, Carter, Ford Bush A, Bush B, and Obami! Its all about $$$$ and power! Figure heads for the rich….one and all…..

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