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The Tea Party Express sets out from Pittsburgh, PA on its 6th National Tour “Restoring the American Dream” on April 27th, winding up in Texas on May 7th. The “Restoring the American Dream” bus tour will make rally stops in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas.

Though I am unable to climb aboard the colorful bus for this trip, there are two more planned for later this summer that I will be participating in. To find out if the TPX is coming to your town, check the website schedule.

TPX has already endorsed five United States Senate candidates for the 2012 election cycle: Attorney General Jon Bruning in Nebraska, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz in Texas, State Treasurer Josh Mandel in Ohio, and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Missouri.

From NEWSER:

Meet the Man Running the Tea Party Express

(Newser) – Sal Russo’s on a winning streak that is rocking the Republican Party establishment. The seasoned GOP operative and former aide to Ronald Reagan runs the Tea Party Express and has played a major role in helping Tea Party choices to victory over establishment candidates in Alaska, Delaware, and Nevada. The strategist tells the Wall Street Journal he picks candidates based on their views on the economy and size of government, not social issues, and he’s relishing being able to help shape the debate.

“The establishment in the Washington beltway gets it wrong all the time,” Russo says, complaining that party leaders aren’t doing enough to seek out bold new voices. “The answer is having bold colors, not pale pastels, to create a clear contrast with the opposition,” which is what the Tea Party movement does best, he says. GOP officials say they hope Russo’s group will put as much effort into defeating the Democrats this fall as it did into taking on Republican rivals. For more on the movement, click here.