"The Democrats always get 110 percent of their vote out," the former Texas GOP congressman told UPI. "The only way a Republican president can not be elected is if our vote stays away" from the polls.
Armey wants the Republican leadership to be aware that issues like over-spending have political consequences, especially among the people whom the party needs to turn out if they are to maintain their majority.
"The conservative base has a proven track record of getting discouraged and staying away. They did that in 1992 and they did in 1998," Armey recalled.
"In '98 we almost lost the House -- and over what issue? The base was angry about what they saw as excessive, uncontrolled spending. In 1992 they were angry because of the tax increase," Armey said.
"There is a tendency of people, once they're in office, to believe that our base is made up of Tammy Wynette-lookalikes," Armey said, alluding to the singer's famous "Stand By Your Man" hit record.