Conservatives look to tap into anti-Washington air

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Associated Press

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 11:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives teeming with anti-Washington frustration are talking about driving the Republicans' policy agenda and ousting GOP leaders who don't hew to their ideology.

At dueling meetings in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, two of Washington's most aggressive political organizations outlined conservative agendas that in some ways run counter to a strategy preferred by Republican leaders in Congress. Tea party-styled leaders vowed to prevail over moderates in the party and longtime politicians.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says, quote, "Americans are frustrated because their priorities are not the priorities of Washington." The tea party favorite says the frustration crosses party lines.

That irritation could be a boon for conservative candidates, especially the crop of hopefuls who are looking to take on incumbent lawmakers from their own party.

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