April 24th, 2010
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Granholm worries of Tea Party's 'fringe element'

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says a 'fringe element' is using the Tea Party to transmit views.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says a 'fringe element' is using the Tea Party to transmit views.

(CNN) – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says a “fringe element” is using the Tea Party to transmit views that are unacceptable in the national political debate.

“There is a fringe element …that I think uses the Tea Party as a way to push into the mainstream - what are really and have been fringe sentiments,” Granholm, a Democrat, told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an interview airing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Granholm added she feels much of the grass-roots movement is “mainstream,” but said it also serves to “amplif[y] a voice that would previously have been unacceptable, I think, in most [of the] mainstream.”

Granholm, a two-term governor who will leave office in January, is reported to be on President Obama’s short list for the Supreme Court.

Candy Crowley’s full interview with Granholm airs Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union at 9 a.m. ET.

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Marry

    since the comments on the Presidents address for the passage of financial reform bill is already after 4 comments closed, here quickly my comment:

    …very well said, Mr. President. Thanks to your courageous, hard work and overcoming the naysayers, – the car industry is recuperating. I know you will do your best to pass financial reform. Please continue to work so well for the average American people. Thank you very much, Mr. President.

    April 24, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. demmie

    this person is on the short list for supreme court!? OMG – what a laugh – she ran the state of MI into the ground and proved she has no leadership capabilities whatsoever.... guess that makes her a PRIME pick for Obama

    April 24, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Gerry NH

    Granholm is just a loser. I am a tea party member and not a republican but I lean very hard in there position since the the criminal activity that the democrat party pulled on the health care bill. We do not tolerate hate or racism but want our views heard. Washington does not care what the American people think and this is in both parties but worse with the democrat party.

    April 24, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Donald

    Naw, adam that's not true. its when you have to lie and name calling, and also have u the signs they carry.

    April 24, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Libertas

    Is this for real? "Views that are unacceptable in the national political debate??" I'd like Granholm to point to where she derives her authority to deem what is or is not acceptable in the construct of a national political debate. Last I checked, gov'ner, the people have the right to any views they want...

    April 24, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Mark from Louisiana

    Isn't this the ding bat who is destroying Michigan with her liberal leadership? Who cares what she says.

    April 24, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Your correct, Adam, that we all have the right to protest. But it's not true that protest by the left has been accepted graciously. Vietnam War protesters were called traitors, treasonous and it was suggested that they should love the country and the policies of its President or leave. Also, anyone crazy enough to show up to protest one of the President's public appearances with an assault rifle or with a pistol on his hip and sign about "watering the tree of Liberty with the blood of tyrants" would have been promptly arrested. But the NRA didn't have the power they have now to protect our right to threaten the life of the President.

    Regarding complaints about racism exhibited at the Tea Bag protests, perhaps it's been the signs portraying the President as an African witchdoctor, or in white face with big red lips, or signs calling him a lyin' African. You see how people could get the wrong idea.

    April 24, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. WDRussell

    The TeaParty is the political wing of the anarchists.

    April 24, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Mike, FL

    They are nothing but a bunch of former kuklan members pretending to worry about the deficit. Where were they when Bush bailed out wall street? Almost all the wall street bailouts happened while Bush was a president in Fall 2008.

    April 24, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. katiec

    What is so sad is these tea baggers refuse to check facts, question the propaganda they are being fed by the radical right and cannot seem to realize how rich they have made certain GOP PAC's. They are being
    victimized, used by the greedy who are laughing all the way to the bank. They are a very narrow minded group of people with a me first attitude, foolishly following the radical commentators, letting theirselves be led and influenced by lies, distortions, fear mongering and unAmerican activities.
    Thank God intelligent Americans are aware of the hypocrasy, irresponsible behavior they represent.

    April 24, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. ib

    If she has this kind of views about the tea party or any other partry she does not belong on the Supreme Court.

    April 24, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Pat F

    If the Obamessiah puts a Canadian like Granholm on the SC, he is dumber than I think he is. She has accomplished NOTHING in 8 years as Michigan's Governor. She is a witless wonder – speaks like a kindergarden teacher – and she's likely to be a no-nothing Justice if Barry is stupid enough to appoint her.

    April 24, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    And there is not a fringe element that
    uses the democratic party to push
    their views on the main stream ??????

    April 24, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Jim,Virginia

    If there is anyone to fear more,it is this lady with her radical views that portrays herself as mainstream.And to think there are individuals that think she is supreme court worthy are sadly mistaken.

    April 24, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. jeff jackson, alabama

    And there is not a fringe group that uses
    the democratic party to push their views
    on the American mainstream ???????

    April 24, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Towing the WH talking points like good little puppet.

    I'm still waiting for that mountain load of evidence showing how the tea party is violent.

    They're so violent, they picked up their trash after they protested on the national mall... unlike Obots mob that totally trashed the place.

    Code Pink and the multiple enviro terrorist on the left far outstrip the fringe right in disruptive and violent activity.

    April 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. MAD IN TEXAS

    This is under consideration for the Supreme Court. I would think she would be better suited to replace PELOSI. This is sickening what OBAMA is doing to America.

    April 24, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. darko

    Towing the WH talking points like good little puppet.

    I'm still waiting for that mountain load of evidence showing how the tea party is violent.

    They're so violent, they picked up their trash after they protested on the national mall... unlike Obots mob that totally trashed the place.

    Code Pink and the multiple enviro terrorist on the left far outstrip the fringe right in disruptive and violent activity.

    April 24, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. shillingb@aol.com

    Sarah Palin, smoking doobies, in back of a new age church, insisted that the signs in the suns, the moons, and the stars should be imminent.

    April 24, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. darko

    This governor should be worrying about the economy of her own state. Your people are drowning governor and you sit on tv demonizing American citizens peaceful protest.

    The left just can't contain themselves. They NEED a violent act by a tea party member so they can discredit them because they sure can't do it with an honest debate. They've sunken to sending in infiltrators to create false flags.

    As for Tim McVeigh... he tried to join a militia...THEY TURNED HIM AWAY because he was a violent nut bag.

    April 24, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Oooh, I am sooo scared of the grandmoms and pops in the tea parties! Dems are such idiots and try sooo hard to spin the truth upside down and backwards!! The only blind rage and violent acts to date have come from wacked out loony lib Dem fringe elements, such as Code Pink, MoveOn.org, PETA, SEIU, ACORN, American Communist Party, Obama's bud Bill Ayers, Black Panthers, Bash Back Lansing, NARAL, La Raza and on and on.

    But, oh, those evil and vicious grandmoms carrying US flags and saying they want lower taxes and a responsible government! Better keep Obama's secret police on top of them AT ALL TIMES!! The Obama regime definitely wants to keep these "mainstream" people silenced and watched at all times. Ain't going to happen.

    April 24, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. pacrat

    The governor, as well as all of us, has a right to be concerned about the fringe types so evident in the tea party (aka tea baggers in earlier incarnations. First of all, it is not a party – it's a bunch of malcontents that Fox News organized into the semblance of a "political party" or worse, claimantas that they are representative of ordinary citizens. Maybe they can become a party without biased leadership like the republicans.Ordinary my eye!

    As for the nonsense that they are better educated than the average American – I say balderdash. Prove it! They look like ruffians with crudely and misprinted signs rather than pitchforks, but we know that sometimes looks are deceiving.

    Are they homeowners? Did they really complete highschool? How many even went to college, let alone completed it? Can they read and write? Do they vote? How many watch only Faux News for their information.

    While this country permits freedom of expression – and rightly so – among other rights. Let's remember: everyone's freedeom ends where mine begins! Freedom is not license.

    It's time to rigorously evaluate the membership of the many tea party organizations – and who pays for them.

    April 24, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Margi in Ky.

    Show Me!! Where are these "fringe", "Nazi", "Racist" tea party people. If you or the liberal medial could just find ONE it would be all over the news and touted as the "standard" for the tea party. I have never been to a tea party but my sympthies lie with them. I keep looking for a "nut" but so far it's been missing. When a reporter from the New York Times goes to Dallas to report on the movement and then doesn't bother to interview even one he could have stayed home and just made up the story as well as spending his companies money for the trip. Grow up people and quit blaming "the boggey man done it".

    I was not a fan of GW Bush. And that is the mildest statement I have ever made about him. But I think I might like him back over what is going on in Washington today.

    April 24, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Palin Power

    The Tea Party is the TRUE majority of this country and they will retake our country back. They will be completely successful in their cause when they install Sarah Palin as our next and greatest president of all times.

    April 24, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. fpwilson429

    i worry about Canadians like Granholm coming to the US and taking jobs from Americans.
    send her back to Canada.

    April 24, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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