Tea Party Seeks Momentum for Nov. Elections

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WASHINGTON -- In the latest sign of growing political rebellion, Tea Party activists held their first convention this weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

The conservative activists are hoping to build momentum for the November elections.

Palin Hits Campaign Trail

Almost immediately after delivering her keynote address at the National Tea Party Convention, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail stumping for certified conservatives in tight races.

On Sunday, Palin acknowledged that she's considering a run for the White House in 2012.

"I would. I would if I believed that that is the right thing to do for our country and for the Palin family. Certainly, I would do so," Palin told Fox News Sunday.

She has plenty of supporters in the Tea Party movement. Palin drew wild cheers after directly hitting President Barack Obama on everything from national security to the federal debt.

"We need a commander-in-chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern," Palin declared before Saturday's Tea Party gathering.

She even used his own campaign themes against him.

"Now a year later I have to ask those supporters how is that 'hopey changey' stuff working out for ya?" Palin said.

The people who attended the convention ranged from those fired up to the fed up.

"People are tired of politics as usual," said one Tea Party activist. "They want smaller government ... Don't find in government today."

Another declared, "It's time for the people who love this country and who are conservative to step up to the plate, to speak up and to change the things that are going on in Washington."

Palin received a $100,000 speaker's fee, but said she was giving the money back to the cause. The Tea Party is a movement based in unrest over heavy government spending and intrusion.

The movement rose to prominence during last summer's health care town halls.

Health Care Democrats' Waterloo?

However, President Obama is not giving up on health care. He has invited top Republicans and Democrats to a televised health care summit later this month.

It's his first move to revive health care after Democrats lost their super majority in the Senate.

But as far as supporters in the Tea Party movement are concerned, it's also a move that could spell major trouble for Democrats at ballot box in November.

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