BrodenRepublicans are distancing themselves from Texas congressional candidate Stephen Broden after he suggested Thursday that a violent overthrow of the government is "on the table."
Reporter Brad Watson of WFAA-TV asked Broden during a lengthy exchange if violence is a potential method by which to revolutionize government, Melanie Mason reports for the Dallas Morning News.
Broden, a pastor, responded: "The option is on the table. I don't think that we should remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms. ... However, it is not the first option."
Broden's remarks — together with a clutch of recent stories connecting tea party leaders and supporters with extremist views — are not the sort of news that tea party strategists need as they seek to close the deal with many independent voters seeking reassurance about the movement's ability to govern in the final days of the 2010 campaign.Read More »from Texas tea party candidate: Violent government uprising ‘on the table’