Van Jones: We have to reelect Obama to stop the tea party

“We have to win politically in November to stop the tea party. We don’t want a tea party presidency, and I don’t care what you think about Mitt Romney. If we wins, he’ll win because the tea party got excited enough — that base got excited enough — he will have to govern as a tea party president so we don’t want a tea party president,” Jones said Friday at The Center for American Progress during a discussion about his The New York Times bestseller “Rebuild the Dream.”

“You’ve got to build an independent progressive movement that can both help to re-elect the president, but it also can re-energize the movement because we’re going to have to be able to both have somebody in the White House — who will listen to the people and who can be moved by the people — but we also have to have a movement to do the moving. And the last time we came out of the voting booth cheering; this time we’ve to come out of the voting booth marching. I mean, we’ve got to be very clear. We’ve got to pivot right into another big fight.”