August 21, 2013
More than 2,000 people rallied Tuesday in Dallas for the defunding of Obamacare at an event featuring Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
This was the second stop on a nine-city tour organized by our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, to educate citizens about the need to defund the unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable health care takeover.
At the first tour event Monday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, DeMint urged lawmakers to stand on principle. The Associated Press reports:
DeMint said the concern that the effort would hurt the party comes from “the same guys who handled the 2012 election for Republicans.”
The Dallas event was covered by CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post. Even liberal MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton led their Tuesday programs with segments about the Defund Obamacare tour. In total, 28 members of the media attended the event which resulted in a large amount of coverage. So far there have been 87 print hits, and about 150 broadcast mentions — many of which are local packages running on the local network news, which is great publicity. So much for the defunding movement being a non-starter.
The tour continued on to Tampa last night, also drawing an impressive crowd. Later this week the tour will visit Nashville, and Birmingham, followed by Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Wilmington next week.
Almost all of the planned events are filled to capacity, but Heritage Action is still accepting RSVPs online for the Columbus and Pittsburgh stops.