GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Tea Party Views on Spending

House Republican leaders got a rude jolt from tea-party insurgents on the budget this week, but potential GOP presidential hopefuls hewed Friday to tea-partiers’ views on spending.

At an annual gathering of conservative activists in Washington, attendees celebrated their influence, highlighted in the move by Republican leaders to seek billions of dollars in additional budget cuts after an initial draft faced criticism.

“New blood is having a remarkable impact,” said Ray Biondo, who came to the Conservative Political Action Conference from Chicago.

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