Criteria for the Tea Party Republican Debate
September 1st, 2011
10:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Criteria for the Tea Party Republican Debate

Washington (CNN) – CNN created objective criteria – modeled after criteria the network used for the June 13th presidential debate in New Hampshire – to determine who would participate in the "Tea Party Republican Debate."

Participants had two different opportunities to be eligible to take part in the Sept. 12th debate:

– A person must have received an average of at least 2.00% in at least three national polls released between July 1 and July 31 that were conducted by the following: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.

-OR-

– A person must have received an average of at least 2.00 % in at least three national polls released between August 1 and August 31 that were conducted by the following: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.

– On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

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  1. SecedingfromTexas

    I hope your criteria also includes:
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    1. No softball questions
    2. Substance over Obama bashing
    3. MAKE them answer your questions, and don't let them change the subject, talk about anything but what you asked,
    and for goodness sake, hold their feet to the fire until you do get an answer.
    4. They are not your best friends, so don't treat them like they are.
    5. Above all, please make them explain their idiotic rhetoric, especially Perry and Bachmann
    6. America wants to know, and you can help us or not.

    September 1, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Scott

    1 Criteria... Hate President Obama, and you're in...

    September 1, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Mike in SA

    The Tea Party Express is a co-sponsor? Thanks, but no thanks. This from a Tea Party supporter.

    September 1, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. P. Gilbert

    Certainly hope CNN debate moderator will ask Tea Party candidates to explain why Social Security and Medicare which are paid into by workers throughout their employment life ARE termed by the Tea Party as entitlements while Federal, State and Local government pensions and lifetime medical benefits (to which ALL Tea Party Members serving at some government level will at some point partake by right) are considered by this party at large to be just earned perks. Isn't that concept hypocrasy?

    September 1, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Jimm

    What types of questions will they ask?

    -Can you cut more jobs?
    -Can you give more tax breaks to companies that don't hire?
    -Can you give more tax breaks to the wealthy?
    -Can you eliminate all government regulation?

    And we should all drink everytime someone mentions the word socialist or marxist.

    September 1, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. fayse

    I cannot understand why CNN is giving the Tea Party National recognition. Judging from the thousands of comments that I have read in the last year, the votes of "like" oppose the Tea Party, 20 to 1. The tea party consists of about 28 % of the Republican Party. Why do the Media people keep pretending that this is a majority group when in reality, they are certainly not a grass roots movement. How many grass roots outfits could afford the type of "buses" that they all seem to have? They are being funded by the super rich.

    September 1, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Tea Party advocates all want less Government, I'd really like to know how they support Rick Perry who is the biggest "Government Welfare Receipient" having never held a private sector job. Does that mean Rick Perry's Government entitlements don't count but social security, medicare, etc. are the only entitlements, hog wash.

    September 1, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Max

    Koch brothers: Did you ever watch the movie, "Trading Places." That movie has two brothers in it, too! You see what happened to them.

    September 1, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |