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Tea Partiers say Occupy movement is not their liberal equivalent

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HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The 2012 Presidential election is now less than one year away, and conservatives and liberals are doing everything they can to swing voters in their direction.

Tea Party supporters rallied at the Beach Mart in Holden Beach Saturday. The conservative local business provided the perfect backdrop for tea partiers. Guest speakers spoke passionately about bringing the country back to its constitutional roots.

Some suggest the Occupy movement is the liberal equivalent to the Tea Party, but many tea partiers we spoke with disagree.

"They don't really know what they stand for,” conservative Russ Colby said. “They are pretty much, as far as I can tell, hooligans and working outside the law. Tea Party people are respectful of the law. We do not trash anything. We respect other people's property. We are just interested in keeping our freedoms."

Colby believes the main goal of the Tea Party is to get President Obama out of office and replace him with a conservative.

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