At Beck event, Perry says anti-Obama conservatives are an ‘army’ that can ‘take their country back.’

Last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich upset some Tea Party supporters when used the word “militant” to describe the conservative protest group’s potential place in the Republican Party. Now, another conservative leader has described the Tea Party movement with language that invokes the military. Before declaring that “if you care about America, if you care about taking this country back, you find you a tea party” at a Glenn Beck rally, Perry said that he would be “proud” to join with an “army” of anti-Obama Americans:

Before taking the stage Saturday night, Perry praised Beck as a national leader with a powerful message about Washington and “out of control spending.”

“Americans can take their country back and send a message to this administration, to this Congress and I consider myself proud to be in that army,” Perry said.

Perry is an ardent advocate for the Tea Parties. In November, he said “it’s time to make Tea Parties twice as big as what they were” because President Obama was “hellbent on taking America toward a socialist country.”