April 2nd, 2010
06:29 PM ET
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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. Doug

    Where is Micheal Steele? Is he tied up at the sex club? You would have to been crazy to join the GOP and Tea party. The economy is full steam ahead! Choo! Choo!.... all aboard the Obama Express!

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

    YEA RIGHT, all of you were Repubicans when you were born.You're Repubican now and you will be Repubicans when someone throws the last shovel of dirt on you !

    April 2, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Mary

    Whatever...if they are joining the Tea Party, then the only reason they voted for Obama was to jump on the band wagon...they have just found another band wagon to jump on.....real liberals would never stoop so low

    April 2, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. AndyBlue

    Loony religious nuts, conspiracy theorists, birthers, gun owners and the rest of the losers.

    Finally someone found a way to make you all reveal yourselves at one time to the rest of us.

    America couldnt ask for any better forwarning of these FREAKS who hide among us!

    The are the ugliest people in America.

    April 2, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Tim

    Looks like cnn has turned tea bagger. No wonder they are dead last in ratings and have lost 50% of their viewers in less than 1 year

    April 2, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Roberto

    This is really scary that people can actually changed thanks to the media. I do read news like CNN, Fox but check information on factcheck.org to figure out who is telling the truth.
    Americans shpould do the same and not to take sides because a bunch of people who truly o do not understand how can they complain about jobs and they spend time going from town to town to participate on those rallies.
    I still support Obama and what he has done to take us out of the Republicans mess. Please be real, this will take decades to fix it. Bush doubled the debt in 8 years and you guys expect him to fix it in months?
    Come on.

    April 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Great, let's get more defectors......

    Obama is becoming more like Bush everyday:

    Racial and ethnic profiling on planes
    Offshore drilling
    No healthcare funds for abortion
    GITMO stays open
    Military tribunals for detainees
    Escalation of war in Afghanistan

    and on and on.

    April 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. CAW in MD

    And yet none of these yahoos can tell you what "less government" really means. As for listening to the American people, presumably these Tea Party geniuses were all about the public option on health care - after all, a clear majority of Americans wanted it. Yet somehow I didn't see the Tea Partiers demonstrating for the passage of the public option.

    Just more hypocrisy from the right and the right wannabes. People who can't see that get the party they deserve.

    April 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Hugo

    Economic success? You're kidding me right? 12.8% unemployment in Florida, Commercial real estate market ready to tank, trillions in Federal debt, trillions spent in new government entitlements, still unemployed nearly 2 years later..Economic success, can you say double dip recession? If the Fed had let it fail and self correct, we would have recovered by now debt free and the bastards on Wall Street would have had to sell their Rolex's.

    This voter Will Remember in November, Bye bye Incumbents!

    April 2, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare, It Will Be His Waterloo

    Yeah and I'm a disgruntled republican who supports our President.

    April 2, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Sue

    I am totally amazed at the impatience of the American people.
    This recession was in the making for years and all the American people think it should be over with in a year.
    I am also totally amazed at how ANYONE could possibly reward this childish behavior of the republican party with votes. My opinion is they should be out of power until they grow up and join the party called GOVERNANCE!!!!
    And that goes for the tea partiers as well....the stuff being spewed from their mouths is reprehensible!

    April 2, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. joe

    thank GOD america had the smarts to elect president obama. he has calmed the waters and his steady hand has begun to lift our country up again. the guy is first class all the way. his leadership is impressive. i'll take him any day over any republican out there. God bless you mr. president. america is rooting for you!

    April 2, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    if President Obama is ticking off even members of his own party then he MUST be doing something right. Now let's see if the tebag wearing rightwingers welcome these Democrats with open arms. I somehow think they'll as welcome as the bunch of minorites I also see at these gatherings.

    April 2, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Perusing-through

    HATE MONGERS & GULLIBLES

    Many Tea Party rebel rousers are nothing more than hate mongers. The rest of the Tea Party followers are 'gullible undiscerning' fools.

    April 2, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Sometime the 40% or so of Americans that still support this administration are going to have to start looking forward. By that, I mean it's really not about George Bush anymore, is it? You had your say. You didn't like him or what he did. We understand that. Now lets go forward. How about holding Obama accountable for all of these things he has been spending all of this borrowed money on? How about even making just 25% of these new huge programs actually do what they were promised to do? This is what matters now, isn't it? It's like they say in golf. The most important shot is always the same. It's your next one.

    April 2, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Chipster

    It seems that everyone in the Tea Party is angry about something. They're even angry at each other! The Tea Party has put the "fun" in dys"fun"ctional. Call if they ever agree on anything or decide on a what they actually stand for – besides anger, paranoia, and fear.

    April 2, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Sandy

    Sure there's Democrats in the Tea party. This is just another lame attempt to mask what the party really which is a watered down version of the KKK.

    April 2, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    I wouldn't call them real democrats. Maybe they were a register democrat for last election but if they were real democrats they wouldn't go to a... TEA PARTY!?! Or maybe they believing the lies from Fix News or rethuglicans. Or maybe they lieing, after all they are being control by people behind the curtains.

    April 2, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. T. Jefferson

    Everyone is welcome to the tea-party movement. Not about Republican or Democrat, it is about US taking back this once great country. Again, this is a movement that champions less government, lower taxes and the defeat of socialism, even though it's not formally aligned with any party.

    April 2, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. NC

    Must be nice to travel around the country complaining while most of us have to work for a living. Glad to get rid of the DINOS, Democrats I guess until a Black Man is President. We had tea party nuts from everywhere descend on us today when the President was here. Don't tea baggers work?

    April 2, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Honest Abe

    CNN continues to talk the tea party up. they are nothing more than a few thousand people backed by the republican party. to be honest they arent a diverse group of people. they are all white, and to some degree racist. call it like it is.

    April 2, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    I can understand being unhappy with Obama – he's turning out pretty mediocre – but to join the Tea Party freak show?

    These were the creeps who were yelling the "N" word at African-American congresspeople during the health care debate. These are the rubes that think Sarah Palin is really smart. These are the nutters who show up at Obama appearances toting assault rifles.

    Disillusioned with Obama, well I can understand that, but maybe you were fools to expect so much from a politician. But don't empower the brown shirts of the Tea Party.

    April 2, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Tmon

    My question leans towards angry people and the polls. I often hear how Americans don't want the health care bill and how they are angry. I have even heard that the majority of Americans do not like the bill. I have spoken with many Americans that are happy to be able to receive affordable health care; and none of them ever been asked to participate in a poll. So, my question is, "Who is being polled for health care, President Obama's approval ratings, or how he is handling any aspect of his duties?" I think that in November, many Republicans are going to be shocked to see how many people vote Democrat without all the anger or "enthusiasm". I also feel that the same people that never liked President Obama are the people at these Tea Party events. These are the same people that voted for John McCain. They lost, but that was over 48 million people. So, if 48 million people hate the health bill or anything about President Obama, I guess it would seem as though a majority is angry. But about 5 million more voted Obama/Biden.

    April 2, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. DOBBS RETURNS

    So these Dems realize Obama isn't the messiah? Unemployment is still
    too high, Guantamo is still open, he favors amnesty for border jumpers,
    major bills crafted in secret behind closed doors(despite promises
    from him about transparency). Looks like rats leaving a sinking ship!

    April 2, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. John

    Sounds like a conservative media fabricated story to me, where are all the stories about people being frustrated about the "party of no"?

    We have had 3 decades since Ronald Reagan's assault on the Middle Class started and where are the stories about the disgruntled middle class workers and the republicans that shipped their jobs to India and China?

    April 2, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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