Trucker protest off to slow start

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The anti-Obama trucker group had backtracked a bit on its initial claims about the protest, which echoed the early rhetoric of the Tea Party.

The flyer that was distributed for the protest named President Obama, Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryCutting corners in a federal campaign is criminal Navy investigation concludes Iran broke international law by detaining sailors Top Democrat wants Obama to block Boeing's deal with Iran MORE and Sens. John McCainJohn McCainWhich GOP pols will actually attend the convention? Trump bucks military on waterboarding Overnight Defense: Pentagon lifts transgender ban | Navy says Iran broke law by detaining sailors MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves Senate panel passes bill that would create 4K visas for Afghans Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office MORE (R-S.C.) as “domestic enemies.”

“Share this document,” the flyer said. “Copy it, re-post it, encourage everyone else to do the same.

“We are Americans who run the United States of America — it’s not run by a bunch of Global Banking Cartels,” the flyer continued. “This is our house; our country; our government, and each of us needs to take ownership of how we succeed in this event. If we want to save our country, we will do so. If we don’t, it will be because you as an individual wanted someone else to save it for you — this is why we are in this mess — because we trusted our government and the politicians who’ve promised they would serve the people."  

As media outlets began reporting about the planned protest, a Georgia-based trucker who was affiliated with the group said the talk of clogging up the Beltway was a stunt designed to generate media attention about conservative truckers' unhappiness with regulations from the Obama administration.

Another organizer later told the Post that the trucker had misspoken, claiming that the rally that had been dubbed a "Ride for the Constitution" was still on.

The Post on reported Friday that truckers approached Washington from Interstate 95 South in Virginia.

The paper reported that at one point, four truckers drove side-by-side on the Beltway and slowed down to about 15 miles-per-hour, but the drivers were pulled over by Virginia State Police and warned not to hold up traffic.