The news brought out an outpouring of tweets from Republican leaders including Gov. Rick Perry and US Rep. Louie Gohmert.
RIP 'O Mighty Warrior!tinyurl.com/75hapg— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) March 1, 2012
It’s a sad day. The world has lost an American patriot @AndrewBreitbart – my thoughts & prayers go out to his family.— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) March 1, 2012
In 2010, Breitbart was the featured guest at a Dallas Tea Party fundraiser in Mesquite. He drew standing ovations and cheers during a speech focused on the mainstream media.
"We are at war with the mainstream media of America, and they're losing," Breitbart said. "They are in their last death spiral."
Breitbart told the crowd that conservatives were overly focused on Democrats like President Barack Obama when the media was a bigger threat.
"It's George Stephanopoulos. It's Diane Sawyer. It's Charlie Gibson, and, my God, it's Katie Couric," Breitbart said. "They are the problem."
During an interview before the speech, Breitbart declined to comment on any Texas political races or issues. He said most people incorrectly viewed him as a political provocateur.
“I don’t follow politics as closely as people think that I do," Breitbart said. "I rarely talk about politics. I rarely talk about political races...I like to talk about the media. Hollywood. Academia…I like to talk about cultural issues because politics is downstream of culture."
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