US Tea Party fans to boycott presidential election

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By Yakesh Tyagi
Date  30 May 2012
The United States’ Tea Party Movement has reportedly said that its supporters will not cast their ballots in the November presidential vote in a bid to protest the election process in their country.

Revelations of the planned boycott come as US media reported Tuesday that the Republican choice for the White House, Mitt Romney, held a private meeting on the same day with Ron Paul’s son to gain the movement’s popular politician’s favors.

However, Tea Party supporters, who comprise a considerable percentage of voters, emphasized they would boycott the coming presidential election to show their opposition to the election process.

Paul, known as a peace-seeking candidate, is popular with the American youths and educated individuals, is also called the online president of the US.

During the Republican election campaign, Paul several times denounced the US military presence in the Middle East and urged the government to withdraw all American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

He believed the current US-led wars and military involvement in the Middle East run counter to the American constitution.

The Texan politician has also criticized Washington’s pressure on Iran over its nuclear energy program, and considered the US sanctions against Tehran as “acts of war.” He has pushed for a peaceful settlement of the Western dispute with the Islamic Republic.

Paul, who has become the last Republican presidential candidate to drop out of the country’s presidential race, is one of the most influential Republican figures in the Tea Party movement.

The Tea Party movement is a populist political movement and recognized as conservative and libertarian. It backs reduced government spending, slashing taxes and reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit.

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