The Tea Party has generally sought to avoid placing too much emphasis on traditional conservative social issues.
They have formed Super PACs to support candidates sympathetic to their goals and have opposed what they call the "Republican establishment" candidates.
Even though the groups have a wide range of different goals, the Tea Party places its view of the Constitution at the center of its reform agenda.
Armey had co-written with Newt Gingrich the previous Contract with America released by the Republican Party during the 1994 midterm elections.
One thousand agenda ideas that had been submitted were narrowed down to twenty-one non-social issues.
"Paulites" have a Jeffersonian approach that seeks to avoid foreign military involvement.
"Palinites", while seeking to avoid being drawn into unnecessary conflicts, favor a more aggressive response to maintaining America's primacy in international relations.An article in Politico reported that many Tea Party activists were skeptical of the caucus, seeing it as an effort by the Republican Party to hijack the movement.Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz refused to join the caucus, saying Structure and formality are the exact opposite of what the Tea Party is, and if there is an attempt to put structure and formality around it, or to co-opt it by Washington, D.Still, many groups like Glenn Beck's 9/12 Tea Parties, Tea Party.org, the Iowa Tea Party and Delaware Patriot Organizations do act on social issues such as abortion, gun control, prayer in schools, and illegal immigration.To this end, Tea Party groups have protested the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), stimulus programs such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act), cap and trade environmental regulations, health care reform such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also known simply as the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare") and perceived attacks by the federal government on their 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th Amendment rights.Following a February 19, 2009 call by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for a "tea party," Supporters of the movement subsequently have had a major impact on the internal politics of the Republican Party.