In the year since the FreedomWorks rally on 9/12/2009, Tea Party candidates have tallied big wins in Republican primaries. Joe Miller, Sharron Angle, and Rand Paul, all Tea Party darlings, are on the ballot in their respective congressional elections.
CNN's Kate Bolduan interviewed Matt Kibbe, the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, on the eve of the 9/12/2010 rally. He gave us some pretty intriguing answers as to why he thinks the movement has been successful and what he thinks will happen on November 3rd, the day after the midterm elections.
Sarasota, Florida (CNN) - Saturday marked the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, typically a day when politics are put aside to honor the memory of those who died in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
But the somber nature of the day didn't prevent nearly 4,000 Florida Republicans from gathering in a Sarasota arena to assail President Obama and root for Democratic failure in the midterm elections.
“This election is nothing less than a referendum on our identity,” Senate candidate Marco Rubio said, using a well-worn line from his stump speech. “Do we want to continue to be exceptional or are we prepared to be like everybody else?”
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, roared against “amnesty” and called for English to be adopted as the country’s official language. “We are going to fire Pelosi and the rest of the them on Nov. 2,” he said.
Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi, who won her primary last month thanks in part to an endorsement from Sarah Palin, promised to move forward with a state lawsuit against President Obama’s health care law and “to fight for our state’s rights.”
Washington (CNN)– First Lady Michelle Obama joined over 100 volunteers to participate in the National Day of Service at a retirement home for veterans and their families.
Mrs. Obama was joined by Marie Tillman, widow of former NFL star-turned soldier Pat Tillman, students from George Washington University, and senior volunteers to help paint Vinson Hall in McLean, Virginia.
The First Lady greeted volunteers and posed for photos but then got to work painting a loading dock along-side several students. She spent about 15 minutes putting a coat of white paint on a wall and then meticulously painting a pipe with bright orange paint. After the painting was finished, she sat with some of the seniors from the community and chatted about topics from painting to the weather and even issuing an invitation to come see the Rose Garden at the White House.
Earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama was joined by former First Lady Laura Bush as the keynote speakers at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed nine years ago.
Washington (CNN) - On the nine-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder vowed the Justice Department would continue “working tirelessly to combat terrorism in all its forms and to hold accountable all those responsible for the September 11th attacks in a manner that is consistent with our nation’s values.”
Holder spoke Saturday at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington. He paid tribute to the 72 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during the 9/11 attacks.
“This work goes on, and it will always remain my highest priority,” Holder said. “Let us take their dream of a world that is better, safer and more just and make it our own.”
The 72 officers were from the New York Police Department, New York City Fire Department, New York City State Department of Taxation and Finance, New York City office of Court Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service, according to the Justice Department.
(CNN) – Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is weighing in on the proposed Islamic Community Center in New York City, stirring the the pot by saying he doesn't want it to be built near Ground Zero but rather on Ground Zero.
"I want it built on Ground Zero. Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice," Moore writes in an open letter on his website. "I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship.
"And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you," he added.
The filmmaker is also urging his supporters to contribute money to help fund the controversial project and is pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations.
Washington (CNN)– President Obama continued the commemoration of the National Day of Service and Remembrance for the 9/11 attacks by visiting a DC middle school and helping the Armed Services YMCA program called Operation Kid Comfort.
He greeted volunteers who were sewing quilts for children of deployed service members. The volunteer-based program was created six years ago to give children quilts adorned with pictures of their parents. According to Operation Kid Comfort, the nationwide program has created 7000 quilts.
The president also picked up a paint roller and did a little painting at the Ron Brown Middle School in northeast Washington. He helped to complete a blue stripe around the room and mentioned to some of the volunteers, "They don't let me do this kind of work at the White House."
(CNN) – The battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in New York is a dead heat, according to a new poll out Saturday.
A new Siena College survey shows former Rep. Rick Lazio holding a 1-point lead over businessman Carl Paladino, 43-42 percent, ahead of Tuesday's primary.
Pollster Steven Greenberg said the race will ultimately depend on who turns out where.
“A heavier than normal Republican turnout upstate will likely hand the nomination to Paladino, who leads upstate 53-32 percent, while a heavier than normal downstate suburban turnout will likely make Lazio the Republican nominee, as he leads there 55-30 percent,” he said.
SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush on Saturday led the commemoration for the victims of Flight 93, which crashed and burned as passengers and crew fought hijackers determined to strike the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001.
Standing on a windswept outlook at the site of the future Flight 93 national memorial, the first ladies remembered the 40 people who took off from Newark International Airport in New Jersey nine years ago, and found themselves in combat with four al Qaeda terrorists.
"I come here as an American, filled with a sense of awe at the heroism of my fellow citizens. I come as a wife, a daughter, and a sister, heartbroken at the loss so many of you have endured," Obama said to survivors and family members of those who died. They were part of a throng of dignitaries and locals who came to the annual event.
New York (CNN) - Nine Septembers have come and gone and yet, the many days that separate America now from a chilling day in its history did not dull remembrance Saturday.
Once again, the nation paused in silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. A few minutes later, at 9:03 a.m., another solemn silence befell New York to mark the moment when a second jet pierced through the South Tower.
As has been customary now on every anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the names of the nearly 3,000 dead will be read out one by one at each of the three sites where people perished - in New York, in Washington and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Connecticut 4th – Rep. Jim Himes (D) is seeking a 2nd term
Primary: August 10, 2010
Location: Southwestern Connecticut/NYC suburbs
Days until Election Day: 52
Before Democrat Jim Himes unseated Rep. Chris Shays in 2008, the moderate Republican incumbent had developed a reputation for fending off tough Democratic challenges in Connecticut's left-leaning 4th Congressional District. In nearly all of Shays' ten elections, he faced strong Democratic candidates, and before losing to Himes, he had beaten them all, many by narrow margins.
Himes drew the attention and financial backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2008, and with the help of a boost in Democratic turnout driven by Barack Obama's historic candidacy, he beat Shays by more than 10,000 votes.