On its Web site, the Patriots' umbrella organization Tea Party Patriots says it is "dedicated to furthering the common good and general welfare of the people of the United States," and that it seeks to "promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. St. Louis-based tea party blogger Patch W. Adams urged participants to take action in the group's cause.
"Now is not the time to sit idly by and expect change to happen," he said. "Let history be our guide."
Some of the other featured speakers included state Rep. Brian Nieves, who is running for a state Senate seat, historian Bill Federer and Dr. Gina Loudon.
Warren County Patriots organizer Bev Ehlen said she was pleased with the turnout.
"Our goal was to get at least 300 people from Warren County to come out and we believe we achieved that," Ehlen said. "We want people to come out and get involved."
Ehlen said the group has a lot of work ahead to help elect officials who support its conservative goals and noted that a major focus has been on "watchdog" activities that monitor local government meetings and actions in the framework of the group's mission.