FARMINGTON — Americans For Prosperity kicked off the state portion of a nationwide tour in Farmington on Thursday.
Approximately 30 people attended a rally in Orchard Park criticizing President Barack Obama's policies. They also were trying to spread a message aimed at promoting limited government.
“We developed the idea that we are free people,” said State Sen. Bill Sharer. “That idea is what makes America... The free market is what has truly set us free.”
The Obama's Failing Agenda Tour began on Aug. 27 in Florida and made 50 stops across the country in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Colorado and New Mexico. The organization is collecting signatures on a petition criticizing Obama's health care, taxation and spending policies.
“Our government was set up so we had leaders, not rulers,” Sharer said. “Governments have a role, but when they exceed that role we have an obligation to push back.”
The organization is not officially affiliated with a political party and criticizes Republican policies as much as it does Democratic, Crank said.
San Juan County Democratic Party Coordinator Diane McCants disagrees.
“They are really a conservative group,” she said. “They say they're not affiliated, but they lean more toward the other side.”
The New Mexico chapter of Americans For Justice is the organization's newest chapter, said State Director Joseph Montes. The chapter amassed about 20,000 members since its foundation in June.
“We're not about politics, we're about policy,” he said. “We're concerned about the future of the country. There's so much more that needs to be done.”
The tour visited Belen Thursday evening. It will stop in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque today before finishing in Las Cruces and Ruidoso on Saturday.