Sun., August 16, 2009 12:17pm (EDT)

Atlanta Heath Care 'Town Hall' Draws Several Thousand
By John Sepuvlado
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
A rally against Democratic healthcare proposals received a smaller turnout than expected. (photo by John Sepulvado)
A rally against Democratic healthcare proposals received a smaller turnout than expected. (photo by John Sepulvado)
Organizers were hoping for 25,000 people to turn out, yet only about 3,000 showed up to Cenntenial Park to rally against Democratic Heath Care proposals.

The rally was more tent revival then policy forum: Speakers, including former Texas Representative Dick Armey, railed against what they called an intrusion to freedoms. Many in the crowd stated that they "want their country back."

Republican gubenatorial candidates also had a strong presence at the rally, with all the major candidates canvassing the crowd.

The turnout was some four thousand less than a similar meeting of conservatives in April, where tea-party participants numbered around 7,000.