April 2nd, 2010
06:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Disgruntled Democrats join the Tea Party

Tea Party movement members rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Tea Party movement members rally in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Grand Junction, Colorado (CNN) - They are not typical Tea Party activists: A woman who voted for President Obama and believes he's a "phenomenal speaker." Another who said she was a "knee-jerk, bleeding heart liberal."

These two women are not alone.

Some Americans who say they have been sympathetic to Democratic causes in the past - some even voted for Democratic candidates - are angry with President Obama and his party. They say they are now supporting the Tea Party - a movement that champions less government, lower taxes and the defeat of Democrats even though it's not formally aligned with the Republican Party.

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  1. Patiently Waiting For November

    Well, trot out Pelosi with the crocodile tears again I guess. " I saw this kind of thing once before in San Francisco , and I am just so scared ".

    April 2, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. human being

    the tea party people are trying to intimidate non-white people so that none of us will try to become the president. They are basically racists.

    April 2, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Grrr-Awful-O

    I guess these are just more racists, huh?

    April 2, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Glenn Koons

    Welcome American patriots. As long as people like this are not SEIU-ACORN plants, all are welcome to join groups that want lower taxes and lower spending and a strong national security. I imagine that many Reagan Dems , Indies, Libertarians, Constitutionalists are joining the groups . And I pray they will vote for conservGOPers in primaries and in the Nov. elections to oust as many socialist pacifist Dems as possible.

    April 2, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Gime me a break, how much are they being paid ?

    CNN , do your job , dig a little deeper !

    April 2, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Less government...unless they're out of work and collecting government benefits.

    Their platform is no more and no less than "less minorities – especially less minorities in power". You just wouldn't know that because none of them can spell "minorities".

    April 2, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    As both the Democratic and Republican Parties get more and more extreme, they're going to drive more and more centrists out. I strongly suspect that the Tea Parties are going to be the nucleus of a new major party.

    April 2, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. ted

    These so-called Tea Partiers are just a bunch of whiny people who let Bush run up the deficit on stupid wars and have just shook off their comas to see that Obama is running up the deficit on stuff that will actually help and assist American citizens. Go away Tea Partiers.

    April 2, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Vet

    Know if you believe they were true democrats,voted for President Obama and now they like the racist tea pary, I have a bridge in any state you like that I can sell to you real cheap!!

    April 2, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Jeffrey

    Sorry. No true Democrat would support the ideals of the Tea Party.

    April 2, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. mms55

    these people are liars.no dem. would ever join this group .they are ind. or repubs.

    April 2, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Mickey, NY

    WHen they find out what this teabagger movement is really about...fear, hatred, and bigotry...they'll come to their senses.

    April 2, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. The GOP wants to take our country backwards

    The Tea Party, the group that whines about paying their taxes, promotes anti-government hysteria and happily includes racist elements. If that is the person you are, then go join the hateful and ignorant side. They don't even have any ideas for the future - all they do is complain.

    April 2, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Albert R. K.

    The COFFEE Party USA has only been around for a few weeks and the number of facebook fans is nearly double the Tea Party and still growing fast with over 194,000 fans. A recent 24, hour opinion poll on their web page asked about the views of persons about health care reform and 73.6% expressed support for the law but felt it should have a public option. Another 17.2% like it as is. Another big difference between the two groups is that the Coffee Party has fourms on its page and fans post their views about many issues and the threads go 24/7. It appears that the Tea Party administration does not really want their fans to talk becaise they offer no online fourms for debate, but only dates and times to show up at their staged events and cheer-on who ever is premitted to talk on their stage. The Coffee Party has local groups which meet at local coffee shops while leaving their Party membership at the door and talk, learn, and share their ideas. The Tea Parthy people really should check out the web page because they are welcome to have coffee to come to a Coffee Party and find common ground while making friends with people like themself.

    April 2, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. What goes around

    They can call themselves Democrats (or former Democrats) all they way, but it doesn't make it true. Everyone knows that people who present themselves as "converts" are always embraced more enthusiastically than those with a "natural" affinity for a group. Republican trolls, just like on any blog site.

    Anyone who did vote for Obama and is regretting it is someone who for whatever reason just couldn't pull the lever for McCain/Palin. Obama campaigned on universal healthcare. Bush put through the first bank bailout. So what's the surprise?

    April 2, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Patrick

    WOW!
    One President takes 8 years to wreck a country, no one complains; another just completed a year in office trying to fix it, there is outrage.

    April 2, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. RTB

    I doubt the veracity of this article.

    The Tea Party is fueled by Sour Grapes Republicans who will do anything to promote their lame, inarticulate, know-nothing agenda.

    Included in that agenda is to try and appear like "once upon a time we too were Democrats or Liberals or whatever but now we have seen the light".

    The CNN Producer Shannon Travis ought to be ashamed of herself, but then again some folks will do anything for a story.

    April 2, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Now who will you blame

    This can only mean one thing.

    Democrats are racist, gun toting, in bred trailer trash just like the liberal Democrats have been saying the Tea Party people are.
    I hope, you see more and more Dems making a move like this. I hope it gets reported. THANK YOU Cnn for running this ticker article.

    Even though I have not ever went to a tea party event, I would if I could. And when is ay that I am tired of being told I must be some red neck racist republican. Yes, I am a registered Republican. But, I have voted for many many Democratic candidates from Local trustees all the way to US President. ( Not Obama )
    I am tired of being told by MSNBC and other news agencies about how ALL Tea party people MUST be republicans. And then people simply react and say they are low life americans who sleep with guns and thier cousins.

    Now, we can see, Democrats are the same slimy trash.

    OR, maybe, just maybe, they are normal John Doe Americans who do not want the government to run every aspect of thier lives, which is maybe, just maybe, what the tea party is all about.

    April 2, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. LoveThyNeighbor

    You can forget about lowering taxes no matter who runs the goverment. Taxes are always going to go up because once someone or group gets targeted for "budget cuts", people still complain. Don't expect lower taxes until WE Americans are ready to sacrifice some of the things goverment currently delegates...Sam

    April 2, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. tea party=no social security

    less government means the banks will have the freedom to give big bonuses and raise mortgage rates. No one will keep them in line.

    smaller government= bigger corporations and corruption

    April 2, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. JON

    They didn't vote for him and now they think the Dems have gone to far? I voted for Regan and now I feel the Repubs have gone to far...is this news? Come on CNN is this a real story?

    April 2, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The Tea Baggers are a bunch of whiners. Case in point: Asked how she feels about having voted for the president, Lewis said "I feel lied to, cheated and raped." Really, you feel that you were raped? Think that might be a bit extreme? Not for the Tea Baggers. You're all free to leave the country. It's what most of you said when anyone dared question whether Iraq had nuclear weapons.

    April 2, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. db

    Obama and the Dems are on fire, baby!

    April 2, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Ben Dover

    I have to laugh. The tide is turning and its not going to be pretty. Arrogant and obnoxious behaviour is coming back to haunt the DNC.

    April 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. frank

    Even met a tea partier? Clueless about how the world works. Totally clueless. They showed up at some open forums my rep gave. We should vote on issues. What does gov do right. Just nothing but yapping lap dogs with GOP talking points. Had zero clue about how we got into this mess due to 30+ years of GOP tax cuts and deregulation and bluntly asleep at the switch.

    April 2, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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