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. Seth

    She is wrong, very wrong. The Tea-Party is and always was a part of the Republican Party, they were disaffected with the Party so they became this militant wing of the Republican Party, but overall the Republican Party hasn't grown, it now just has branches.
    Republican Party = mainstream
    Tea-Party = militant Republicans
    Ron Paul = Libertarian Republicans.
    Total all Republicans, don't be fooled.

    April 24, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. FM

    To: Anonymous! You are quite right. They are Repubs wearing the hyena skin. Thats why there is conflicting number of counting Tea party Activists. I do not know on which side they count the queen of Alaska!

    April 24, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Dixie

    If you thought the Republicans ran a dirty race in 08, this year and 1012 will be record breakers. I live in AZ. Check out the recent lame product of the Republican led legislature here.

    April 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "unacceptable in the national political debate"
    Up you\rs lady, since when is free speech unacceptable in our country ?
    Any politician that touts censorship in any form should be asked to step down. If we have to put up with your acceptable views, you have to put up with anyone elses.

    April 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    What Granholm is really worried about is that the American people are going wake up to the truth and send a bunch of politicans home.

    April 24, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Amunaka

    Well the TP sure proved to be a dud ..with all the hype 24/7 news coverage and constant fox and news pundits promotion.. a.44 state bus tour... Tax Day rally in DC ..they drew embaressingy small crowds of people ..we won't even mention the Open Carry Rally after all the hype for that one there was more news crews than protestors..guess people are finally realizing the TPers are just a bunch of republican created sillies...that protest against their own self interests ..but it was fun watching them become obsolete before they ever became relevent...

    April 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. willard bullock

    I am not belived that obama will not trust other untied states I heard that obama have problms with bavgeick at illinois

    April 24, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Granholm, and the entire obama administration are the "Fringe element" They are out to destroy this nation. Wake up America!!

    April 24, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. SC Ex-Pub

    Extreme? Unacceptable?

    Well, let's see.... William Gheen, chair of ALIPAC (Americans for Legal Immigration PAC) inferred to a group of tee-baggers in Greenville, SC, that Sen. Lindsey Graham was working on a bi-partisan effort to solve immigration reform, because he was gay and the Democrats were black- mailing him. Gheen called on Graham to come out of the closet and admit the truth so the Democrats wouldn't have a hold on him.

    I guess this was acceptable behavior and comments for tee-baggers. I found them gay bashing, homophobic and character assassination. The speech was about immigration; I have no idea what this had to do with immigration, but, I suppose tee-baggers get it!

    April 24, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. MikeH

    Since the people on duty at CNN don't want to post all the positive comments on Obama's speech on finance reform and only allowed four comments before closing the article, I just want to say Awesome Dude! Let's break up these big banks, let's put Goldman Sachs out of buisiness and jail the sob's working there who chose to line their pockets at the expense of my beloved America.

    Now back to this ticker's topic. Seems the Republicans are becoming very afraid of who they've gotten into bed with (the Tea Klux Klan Party), but don't quit know how to end the relationship.

    If you dance with NAZI Racists, you end up wearing a brown shirt and growing a little short mustache.

    April 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. "Fringe Ellements"

    As we heard the """'fringe element""'are implants by the Dems...to discredit ....We the People from showing that there is a season of disconent with the White House and Washington politicans in general
    ======================================================

    April 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Republicans the stupid masses of the USA

    Everyone should be afraid of the fringe elements of the Tea Party because the fringe elements are the ones running the movement. They are not fringe but the major players of the movement and express the sentiment of the majority of the morons in this misguided and gisgruntled group of hatred filled Republicans. Be Afraid of the Tea Party be very afraid, these are the facist elements of the right wing nut jobs, if they ran the country we would all be required to pray or be put to death and everyone would carry guns like in the old west and shoot outs would take place very day, bodies trewn all over the streets and any person of a minority would be fair prey to these despicable malcontents.

    April 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. perryrants

    i remember a time not so long ago when folks were talking about republicans getting "talking points memos".

    where do democrats get theirs from? you know, like the one about how every one of the tens of thousands who are members of the tea party movement are in fact with out doubt and proven racists because they didn't vote for a half white guy and speak out against the half black guy. and weirdly, that is not free speech.

    I also remember not so long ago that tens of thousands of people where protesting with signs calling the sitting president a murderer, criminal, kill bush etc. and to think that that was free speech.

    April 24, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    Every time someone publicly says that the tea partiers might be a bit wacko a bunch of people get busy on their computers to prove it true!

    April 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. dennis

    Granholm is a Governor of a State the Democrats have had a choke hold on for many, many years, and it is Bankrupt due to Democrat ineptness. She'll be begging Republicans be taxed to death to pay for the State Debt problems. She needs to spend her energy working to pay their own debts.

    April 24, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Nick

    There has not been as much hate-filled attacks in the U.S. since the 60s as today.

    YES, some Tea-Bagging Republicans REALLY are the modern-day KKK, and are ready for violence to express their twisted ideologies.

    Granholm is a great governor and a fine lady. I wish her the best.

    April 24, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Petunia

    I think the proper name is: The Lunatic Fringe. And boy, do we know they are out there.

    April 24, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Future expat

    There's always the possibility that there's a Travis Bickle somewhere in the crowd. Speakers who deliver heated rhetoric at these rallies, particularly elected officials, really really really need to keep that in mind.

    April 24, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Come on Charles W. Skinner, that's not even a legitimate debate. How often have you seen Democratic politicians pander to the Black Panthers? Seriously? This "you do it too" stuff has gotten so off track as to be laughable. We don't do it too. I don't call my Senators or Representative and spew filth or threaten them with their lives because they don't see things my way, and believe me, they don't. I don't threaten to take up arms against my government if they don't do it just the way I want. Your argument falls way short. Sorry.

    April 24, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. CuriosityAware

    If you are tea party, then you should be concerned. Democrats and progressives have had to deal with PETA, Green Party extremists, and hell, even the Uni bomber on their side. Now the Tea Party, created in part by, and certainly supported by, the fascist Glen Beck (from the wiki: Fascism is strongly opposed to core aspects of the Enlightenment and is an opponent of liberalism, Marxism, and mainstream socialism for being associated with failures that fascists claim are inherent in the Enlightenment) wishes to admit they have a "fringe". Right now there is evidence showing that right-wing groups such as the KKK, Freemen and 2nd Amendment extremists are populating your party. If you really care about the Tea Party message stop acting like a 3rd party and kick the fringe out! The problem is that there is not an organized Tea Party, and will not be as the GOP will NEVER allow it. Look how quickly the GOP has ditched the religious right once the Dems won! Do you really think your masters will allow you that much power? As a liberal, Democrat, and proud progressive, I hope the Tea Party succeeds as we need the votes in November! However, if you really want to win, and for the right reasons–fiscal policy, jobs creation, border security–then you will denounce the fringe and organize around a message that is in partnership with the GOP in order to harmonize your efforts. Anything else is just static noise...

    April 24, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Annie, Atlanta

    jp, michigan – the tea party is not at all like the grassroots movement to elect President Obama. It really was from the ground up – I know because I was there. The tea party is corporate sponsored – has been from the get go. Google Dick Armey.

    April 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Where were the Tea Party elements during the last 8 years when Bush was sending our boys to an illicit war spending billions a month, not to mention the large tax cuts he alotted the rich, no oversight or regulation on anything. That is why we almost fell off the cliff. I never saw any of those despicable signs of protest. I dont even think these people know what they are protesting. They are mostly white and old. If they think big gov. is taking over, send your. SS and Medicare checks back. The surplus has helped many communities, teachers, police, firemen and the necessary gov. programs that help your city. We have all enjoyed them for years, If anyone abused the constitution it was Bush and Co.,

    April 24, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. johnnyhouse

    Let the Liberal left talk.They are the right's best friend.

    April 24, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Illinoistom

    Great job running Michigan into the ground, Jenny. Naturally, she considers anyone that believes in fiscal responsibility and limited government to be a fringe element.

    April 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    New Age Independent – do you really believe that? Why would we waste the time and effort when the tea baggers do it so well on their own?

    April 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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