(CNSNews.com) - "The tea party is alive and growing," says Tea Party Patriots President and Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin. "We want more personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt-free future," she told CSPAN's "Washington Journal" on Tuesday.
"One of the biggest things that we want to see happen...is we want a debt-free future for our country. We're $18 trillion in debt, and we want to see this Congress really work to show that there's a plan to get us to the point where we have a balanced budget, and then we can begin working to pay down our nation's debt.
"And one very simple way to do that is through the penny plan, where congress spends one penny less out of every dollar. And if Congress would do that, we'd would wind up with a balanced budget budget at today's spending levels...in less than five years, and then we can begin to pay down our debt."
Martin noted that by the time President Obama leaves office, the debt is expected to be about $20 trillion:
"And people across the heartland of this country, average hard-working Americans understand -- that is money that someone's going to have to pay back. We don't want to see our children and grandchildren saddled with a debt that our generation has incurred."
Martin said her group aims to hold Congress accountable for debt-reduction. "That accountability is uncomfortable when you're not doing the job you were elected to do," she said.
In response to a viewer's call, Martin said her group is not a political party, but a "movement" that focuses solely on economic issues and holds both parties accountable.