BORGER: Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney?
October 13th, 2011
07:31 AM ET
3 years ago

BORGER: Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney?

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360," "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) – After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party movement
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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sure they will. Romney's MA healthcare is the model of our country's Affordable Health Care. The flip flopper helped send jobs overseas. Mittens said corporations are people too. Mittens signed on to end social security and medicare as we know it. Mittens is a multi millionaire, proposes more tax cuts for the wealthy, who now says he can feel the pain of the middle class. These alone, make him the candidate of the 1%, who in turn will tell the teabaggers what to do.

    October 13, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama has been tough on terror. Can you imagine spineless Mittens. the Texas rodeo clown, 999, 666, or insider Newt doing a better job?

    October 13, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. AlaskaPalin

    Is there a conspiracy on the part of cnn to push republicans into the romney camp? Are they saying if we can't have obama then at least give us romney? Why? Could it be that cnn, romney and obama are in the same camp on the social issues? Romney=obama.

    October 13, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. Nash

    It is funny how the Media pretends that there was a tea party. This movement was a fake grassroots group funded by rich conservative donors. If and when Romney wins the GOP nomination they will fall in line to support him. The whole charade was a great swindle by the right to push the country far right. They were largely successful.

    October 13, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. ST

    Romney can be a good debater but how many people are watching debates?? Yes people may really want to beat Obama, but we should remember elections are done in November, the time winter is on the rise. Those who are not happy with Romney (in case he is the nominee) will not leave their houses and go to run up in the cold/snow!

    October 13, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. The Elephant In The Room

    By every measure Romney is a closeted RINO, at least according to the rightwing GOP operations manifesto,

    How can they support him without admitting the Tea Party is a cynical, hypocritical, corruptrd idealogical wing of the GOP`s organization?

    He STARTED his own variant of HC Reform and he won`t disavow it. He clearly espoused PRO-CHOICE positions before he fflipfloped for political expendiency.

    He has 5 sons; NONE of whom served in the military -particularly in a post 9-11 world where countless 18-to24 year olds FELT a call to duty. Instead, Mitt had the audacity to say his kids were serving America by helping to get HIM elected to the presidency.

    Now, can any American, Tea-Partier, or not, back THIS GUY?

    And don`t get me started on his role as a "FIRE-ER NOT A HIRE-ER".

    October 13, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    He committed political suicide when he said he would "work" with Democrats. The Tea-liban does not want any cooperation with Obama or any Democrat in any way. That along with their new found social issue agenda (I thought they were only about government spending and fiscal issues??....oh well) and Mittens flopping around on that will also not sit well. And then there are the thumpers who don't want anyone who doesn't quote the bible (their bible) regularly and say Christianity will run their administration. Since he belongs to a cult, what will that do to his chances?

    October 13, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    well for one thing if you look at and trust the polling most Americans are SICK of the Tea Party, they are only posting a mid 20's approval rating. Yet they seems to have the GOP by the nads and control them. This might in turn be a good thing for President Obama because those far righties who just refuse to even "hold their noses" and vote for Romney might not vote at all. If Obama can excite his base and take advantage of this he's in back in 2012.

    October 13, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Joe

    Cantor,Boehner,McConnel, "Should be in prison for Obstructing American Middleclass and Poor,and Treason! Cain is "Insane" and a "Traitor" Perry is an Obstructionist Socialist! The Gop/Tea is a "Dictatorship,Communist movement that has infiltrated America" Vote them out in 2012!! America will become a "Dictatorship,Oppressive Regime.

    October 13, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Nash

    Was there ever a true conservative movement called the Tea Party? Or there was a group fund by conservative activists to move Congress to the right?

    October 13, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |