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Hillary Clinton: Tea Party Republicans proudly 'destroy what our Founders built'

Hillary Clinton speaks at a National Council for Behavioral Health conference
Hillary Clinton speaks at a National Council for Behavioral Health conference
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Likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made some revealing statements at a National Council for Behavioral Health conference, as reported Tuesday by Alex Seitz-Wald of the National Journal.

Although much of the coverage has surrounded Clinton's admittedly incendiary comments on gun control, less attention has been paid to her statements on Tea Party republicans, who she said were "...going to Washington proudly to destroy what our Founders built."

Clinton has joined the bandwagon of Democrats calling for Republicans to stick with establishment candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign such as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who have aggressively supported left-wing initiatives such as the Common Core state standards, immigration "reform," gun control, and have supported taxpayer "investments" to thwart "global warming."

It should be noted that Jeb Bush did not even register as a preferred candidate on the 2014 CPAC straw poll. Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, however, came in as the top two candidates. Pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson came in third, with Chris Christie coming in fourth with eight percent "in results that signal growing discontent with the GOP establishment in Washington."

The former first lady advised Republicans,

"Don't vote for someone who proudly says they will never compromise," she said. And "don't give them any money. Find someone in your party who's reasonable..."

On gun control, Seitz-Wald reported that Clinton said "there needs to be a proper trade-off between safety and freedom." Clinton fears that if Americans have too much "freedom," people will start shooting randomly at people for minor transgressions.

She said, "At the rate we're going, we're going to have so many people with guns" that they may "decide they have a perfect right to defend themselves against the gum chewer or the cell-phone talker."

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