FMR VICE PRES. DICK CHENEY: I’m not unsympathetic to the frustration, I think, that’s led many Americans to sign on for or become part of the tea party. I’m as frustrated as anybody else can be, but I think we have a situation where the circumstances in Washington, the inability and the unwillingness of the this administration to come to grips with our basic long-term debt problem, for example. The frustration out there is very, very high. And so when I see people talking about the tea party, I don’t think of the tea party as extremists the way some of the folks in Washington want to describe them. The extremist in Washington is Barack Obama. He’s the guy that wants to fundamentally transform our health care system. He’s the guy who has done enormous damage to America’s standing in the world. To the extent there is an extremist or radical political view in Washington these days, I believe it is the president of the United States.
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