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Tea Party senator: Defund 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a Tea Party leader, said Sunday repealing and defunding "Obamacare" is at the top of the Republican agenda.

Speaking on NBC'S "Meet the Press," DeMint, R-S.C., said Republicans should "embrace a lot of the ideas of the Tea Party, but it's a mistake to think that the Tea Party is one big organization."

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The senator said, "We have to stop the funding of Obamacare and over the next two years show the American people what the real options are to improve the system we have now."

"The first step is obviously to -- to defund it. And I think we can do that with Republicans controlling the House," DeMint said. "I think the next Republican running for president needs to run on complete repeal of Obamacare."

Also appearing the program, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said, "It's put up or shut up time for our party. We lost our way the last decade."

"We're doing it in New Jersey," he said, "smaller government, less spending, less regulation, lower taxes."

Christie said he has told GOP leaders in Congress "they better come up with a plan that's credible, like we did in New Jersey."

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