U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said the tea party movement is motivated by a desire to cut careless spending.
Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, called into Bill LuMaye's afternoon show on WPTF Thursday afternoon and said he had spent part of his day meeting with North Carolinians who had traveled to Washington for a tax day rally.
"I see this as part of the cavalry coming," Burr said. "They're mobilizing for the right reason. We can't continue to spend like we're spending."
Burr said the $787 billion stimulus package isn't helping citizens.
"Nobody sees it," he said. "It stopped paving roads. It hasn't built any bridges," Burr said. "People are grabbing me and saying, 'Get me a job.'"