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Freedomworks CEO: Expect 400,000 to 500,000 people at Glenn Beck rally

During an appearance on ABC News's "Top Line," Freedomworks CEO Matt Kibbe weighed in on the Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally slated for Saturday.

"As far as I can tell, there's going to be hundreds of thousands of people tomorrow," Kibbe said. "I can make this prediction because it's not my event and so I don't have to be held accountable." Kibbe went on to predict that there would be 400,000 to 500,000 people in attendance -- as many as, if not more than, the number of people estimated to have attended Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech."

FreedomworksPAC, one of the more high-profile tea party organizations, is holding an event Friday night at Constitution Hall. The event will feature what the group calls "Champions of Liberty" -- candidates endorsed by FreedomworksPAC. Among these candidates, said Kibbe, are Republican Senate candidate Mike Lee of Utah and Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada.

"It's not enough to be a Republican anymore to win a Republican primary," Kibbe said. "You have to credibly say I'm going to go to Washington and actually cut some programs. I'm going to go to Washington and not use the earmark process to get elected."

Pressed on whether Angle could be considered at the center of the Republican party, Kibbe re-iterated, "I think there's really a shift going on inside the Republican party and the outside."

Asked whether Freedomworks-endorsed candidates would eliminate entitlement programs and make other, significant changes, Kibbe replied, "What we're saying is: 'Let them choose.'"

Kibbe also was asked to respond to civil rights leader Walter Fauntroy's remarks about the tea party movement, in which Fauntroy said, "You all forgive me but I--you have to use them interchangeably."

"It's a smear," Kibbe said. "If you talk to Tea Party activists, they believe in Martin Luther King's dream, they believe in a color blind society. And we judge people based on the content of their character. It's a very diverse group."

By Emi Kolawole  |  August 27, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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All I have to say is.
Restoring Honor = Restoring true American value and character and supporting the troops
Al Sharpton's Rally = Black empowerment and about how the black man still is unequal to a white man
you do the math.
i would also like to point out Alveda King (MLK's niece who spoke at the rally) has received constant death threats for "betraying her people"

Posted by: Swanny1 | August 29, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Everything is true!
Go in look look:
Believe that you may need.

Posted by: itkonlyyou248 | August 29, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

We came...from all across this GREAT country, WE THE PEOPLE came. We stood peacefully, on our knees in prayer, greeting our fellow Americans, sharing our food and water. WE the People spoke silently, honorably and in unimaginable numbers to the political corrupt: The sleeping giant has awakened. We will not fall asleep on our watch again. The number of attendees? As far as the eye could see in ALL directions, we were shoulder to shoulder. From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, barely a space to squeeze through. We may not have been able to see or hear, but we made a statement to be heard around the world. The number? More than enough to make the statement...and then some. I was there. It seemed like millions. It was a restoration! A restoration of faith, hope, charity, and, for me, a restoration of belief in my fellow Americans and my country!

Posted by: NJAmerican | August 29, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The overriding theme of the restoring honor rally was the thought that are rights come from God not from Men. The timeless belief in inalienable rights as expressed by Jefferson, Washington (see his farewell address) and the Gettysburg address. The thought that America was a dream, but one that could be reached thru liberty with hardwork. It is not impracticle to imagine Castles in the sky if Americans are willing to build foundations to reach them.That restores honor.

Posted by: castleresources | August 28, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Hello Washington Post. I have a couple of questions that I cannot find anywhere in the negative media I keep reading about this event:

1)How many reports of violence and destruction were reported from these 500,000+ "demonstrators"? Has this ever happened before where so many assembled, yet nothing bad was reported about the "mob"?

2) How much trash was left behind that the Park officials had to clean up after? Isn't a crowd of this size typically destructive and trashy in their aftermath?

3) How many police reports of violence in the streets afterward were made? Isn't it normal for huge crowds that hate someone to go and break windows, throw bombs and burn cars?

4) How did this affect the local businesses in Washington D.C.? Were they mocked or hated for charging so much?

5)How about the extra $500,000.00 that Beck had to suddenly come up with within 2 days of the event? Why wasn't that mentioned?

Please report an all these bad issues. I need to know.

Posted by: patsat | August 28, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

anyone counting how many times the word "God" is used?

Beck has a scheme...
DC Tea Party Rally Sparks Racial Controversy
The D.C. 'Restoring Honor' rally held today by Fox News pundit Glenn Beck has stirred up controversy with its timing. The biggest cause of contention: holding it at the Lincoln Memorial on the Anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Posted by: dbmetzger | August 28, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I love it when the haters are so scared they have to put down what they know NOTHING about.. Thing is it no longer works.. YOU LOST.. crawl back underground the people are AWAKE.. While so many showed up in Washington MORE who couldn't make it or were scared by their own people into NOT showing WATCHED entire thing on C-SPAN, COMPUTERS, and anywhere they could catch it.. it's so sad the PROGRESSIVES and POLITICIANS who are tying to keep the people separated for POWER and MONEY are pretending this was not a big deal or it was racist, they look like the FOOLS they are..

Posted by: lcky9 | August 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Dis is just a hate rally in my eyes and in dat of the world. I hurd all over da news that all the people out there are planning on dat.. It's time that we stop these hating rednecks. PERIOD!

Posted by: romad800 | August 28, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Dis is just a hate rally in my eyes and in dat of the world. I hurd all over da news that all the people out there are planning on dat.. It's time that we stop these hating rednecks. PERIOD!

Posted by: romad800 | August 28, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

It's been a beautifully sentimental event. Faith. Hope. Charity. With monies going to special forces families for eduction, etc.

Almost 120,000 viewing Beck's rally online on one facebook page alone


Completely non-political and peacful. Lovely. Lovely people.

While Canada's left leaning ugly taxpayer funded money propoganda machine, CBC TV, trashes the event and singularly trashes Martin Luther King's niece for attending. Disgusting, Canada. True colors showing. Tolerance? I think not.

Posted by: notbuyingit | August 28, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I have no doubt there will be a lot of people there tomorrow. They have been brainwashed by Fox and exploited by Beck. He's really getting creepy.

I spent some time reading about charismatic movements and what was happening in Germany prior to WWII - not just the politics but the rallying of the citizens and the appeal to a hyper-patriotism and finding a group to blame - to instill fear in a certain segment of the population.

What is happening with Conservatives (you can't even say "far right" anymore because they aren't the "far right" any longer) has parallels. And it isn't Obama who's doing the rallying.

Posted by: FauxReal | August 28, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Truthteller - If this is a nonpolitical rally, exactly why is he stuffing the stage with, umm, politicians? Come to DC. Have a little fun. Who care?


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 28, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

The Restoring Honor rally is just that; a call to restore honor to Washington and the leaders of this country. Beck has told people repeatedly not to bring signs because this is not a political rally. It will remind people what the founders had in mind, what they believed and what made America great. Anyone who would wage a 'counter-protest' just don't get it. The rally itself is NOT a protest. Anyone who thinks they have to shout down the people holding the Restore rally must have an unAmerican agenda, because that will be the only position they can hold. Beck honors Dr. King and all he stood for and the way he went about changing the culture peacefully. Let the liberals live in their world of delusion. They just don't get it anymore.

Posted by: thetruthteller1 | August 28, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

KKKibbe and the rest of them should be put in camps. They are evil. There is no reason to listen to them or debate them. They are less than human and should be treated that way.

Gee, does that remind you of anyone?

Posted by: jy151310 | August 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Everything is true!
Go in look look:
Believe that you may need.

Posted by: itkonlyyou248 | August 27, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The only people that need to have their honor restored are Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the entire Tea Party movement. Shameful hypocrisy and deception are their ideas of restoring honor - and that's a fact.

Posted by: MacyWolfe | August 27, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Kibbe is right, It is a diverse group. As a country we need to come together, this is not about parties anymore it about americans...

Posted by: rolandovillarreal | August 27, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"It's not enough to be a Republican anymore to win a Republican primary," Kibbe said.

This is true. You have to be a raving lunatic.

Posted by: rashomon | August 27, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm appalled and outraged that the Democratic party would recruit Al Sharpton to team up with the New Black Panthers ,a registered hate group, to disrupt the Honor Rally. Are they recruiting the Nation of Islam hate group too? The democrats truly are the party of hate.

Are these the same hypocrites preaching Tolerance???

August 28th is the anniversary of the 19th amendment acknowledging women's rights, so I hope plenty of women show up to celebrate.

America has a Dream. Restore Honor, especially in government .

Posted by: fury60 | August 27, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, America has twice as many people today as we did back then. Nonetheless, several hundred thousand would sure send a message to the ruling class.

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

this guy belongs in "DELIVERANCE".bet his family were the locals.

Posted by: donaldtucker | August 27, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

If KKKibe claims that tea party is a diverse group how come 98% of them are white?

He is liar!

Posted by: ualec1 | August 27, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

If KKKibe claims that tea party is a diverse group how come 98% of them are white?

He is liar!

Posted by: ualec1 | August 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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