GROVE — Dark clouds and rain did not appear to dampen the spirits of more than 450 people who gathered on the front lawn of the Grove Community Center on Saturday for the Get America Back Tea Party rally. "I think if the sun would have been out we would have doubled the crowd,” said Pam Sitton, who along with Lee Oldham was running a booth to register people to vote. Tables filled with political material lined the lawn as chants of "USA, USA” reverberated through the crowd. Homemade signs opposing taxes and spending, health care legislation, President Barack Obama, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shared space with the umbrellas. Glenn and Polly Sharp, of Grove, said the American people have lost confidence in a government they said is taxing and spending its citizens into poverty. "This tea party is not Republican or Democrat,” Glenn Sharp said. "It’s about everyday citizens, the people that walk down Main Street in Grove, Tulsa or Oklahoma City.” Rob and Ronda Gibson, of Grove, said they braved the chilly weather because they aren’t happy with what has been happening in Congress. "They are spending our money faster than they can print it,” Ronda Gibson said. Officeholders and candidates spoke during the three-hour rally. "This is a great day,” said Darrell Mastin, an event speaker who is active in the Republican party. "To be able to express individual freedoms through this rally is what our country was founded on.” State Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, told the crowd his concern is over the government’s rising debt. "A debt that now amounts to over $35,000 for every man, woman and child,” Cox said. "A debt that has increased an average of $4 billion every day since 2007.” Cox reminded the crowd the politicians work for the people; the people don’t work for the politicians, a remark that brought thunderous applause. Get America Back is a nonpartisan conservative grassroots group concerned with the direction our nation is headed, said Cyndi McArtor, event organizer. No opposing groups were seen during the rally. Delaware County is traditionally known for its Democratic base but Republicans are making their voices heard, she said.