Tour bus follows GOP, Tea Party-ers across 23-state region

Published 9:46 am Thursday, October 18, 2012

Andy Surabian talks about the role the Tea Party Express is playing in this year's election during a stop in Austin Wednesday afternoon. -- Eric Johnson/

Loaded with computers and phones, the Tea Party Express Mobile Call Center followed Kurt Bills into Austin on Wednesday.

Read about Kurt Bill’s visit to Austin

The Tea Party bus, which is following plenty of Republican and Tea Party candidates during this election season, is in the midst of an 81-day, 23-state “get out tour.” The bus offers opportunities for party supporters to register voters with their party via computer or phone. On Wednesday, during its stop in Mankato, supporters did just that. While the bus crew made time for Kurt Bills — Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. — it will be off to Denver as early as Thursday for more touring.

Andy Surabian, who is touring with the bus, said he hasn’t been home in quite some time, and for only five days during the entire 81-day tour.

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