(DULUTH, MN)---The National Tea Party Express rolled into Duluth today to rally voters and set the stage for a Republican take over of the U.S. Senate.
But not everyone was thrilled with their visit, including the DFL who held a counter–rally.
Both groups are very passionate about a lot of the hot button issues in this election year.
And while they both want what's best for America, they differ on how to get there.
The rallies today both focused on educating voters.
The anti–Tea Party protest kicked off the evening in support of maintaining government control over the Medicare and social security programs.
Their goal is to fight any effort to privatize these programs.
One mile away there was a very different message from the Tea Party Express.
This is a bus tour that is planning stops in 22 states in 22 days.
Members are working to defeat President Obama and take back the U.S. senate.
"Our objective is to defeat president Obama, make him a one–term president and take back the United States senate. Take the gavel out of Harry Reid's hands," Amy Kremer, the National Tea Party Chairman said.
"It's Chip Cravaack who is working to damage our Medicare benefits. You know, if you listen to Paul Ryan's speech and his program about cutting Medicare, dealing with it, and it doesn't need to be," Sharla Gardner, a Duluth City Council member, said.
Gardner says there are many ways to cut government spending without restricting people's benefits.
Kremer's says most people voting this fall will be casting their ballot based on the economy.
The National Tea Party bus tour will be stopping in 39 cities out of the 22 states.
After today, they are off to California.
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