(WASHINGTON) -- Arkansas' freshman Republican, John Boozman, comes to the Senate with solid conservative credentials, but he tells ABC News he has no intention of joining the Senate Tea Party caucus.
"Well you know I'm very supportive of what the Tea Party is trying to do. They're very concerned with spending, the deficit, the bailouts, you know all of those kinds of things," Boozman said in an interview for the ABC News Subway Series. "But I really think that the strength of the Tea Party is being a grassroots movement."
Forming a Tea Party caucus of Republican Senators, Boozman said, could make the movement seem like a wing of the Republican Party, which he says it should not be.
"If you have such a situation where it becomes an arm of the Republican Party, or it appears to be that way -- and don't think that the people who are doing this are trying to do that, but to the public it will appear that way -- then you lose the Reagan Democrats, then you lose the independents," Boozman said. "And I really, I think it's really important that they continue to have that support."
So far, the Senate Tea Party caucus has just three members: Rand Paul, R-KY.; Mike Lee, R-UT; and Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
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