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“It’s not about party, it’s about doing what is right for our country,” she said.

And as long as the federal government’s debt and deficit continue to balloon, the tea party will continue to be a viable political force, Mr. Bonjean said.

“If you look at our history there are always outside organizations that are constantly pushing and pulling the mainstream” parties, he said. “Even if the Republican Party were to pull in a tea party agenda, there likely still would remain organizations out there as check and balance.”