Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?
December 16th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
3 years ago

Will the real tea party candidate please stand up?

Washington (CNN) – With Herman Cain's departure from the 2012 field of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, several contenders have sought to claim the "tea party candidate" mantle. But for those entrenched in the movement, none of the remaining candidates have a legitimate claim to the title.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann founded the tea party caucus in the House in 2010 and was designated one of the top 10 most conservative members of the chamber by Heritage Action, sister organization to the Heritage Foundation, an esteemed conservative think tank. She declared the tea party would "come home" to her campaign the day after Cain suspended his bid for the White House earlier this month.

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  1. Marie MD

    Only one. The queen of mean and we know this because she said so and asked them to revolt against the us government!

    December 16, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The tea party leader is in jail, trying to carry a firearm on a passenger jet. When he is out, we will hear if it is Bachmann, Newtron or Paul.

    December 16, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. jerseylou

    When it's all said and done Rommey will get the nod.You can take that to the bank.

    December 16, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    What a very long story emphasising a group of folks who have no idea what they want, other than to get folks to send money to their respective "grassroots" organizations, so each of these "organizers" can jet set around the country sticking their tri cornered hats into other folks' government business, (your state, and my state, and every other state) courtesy of Dick Armey, et al. These folks are more intrusive than the government they spend every waking moment rallying against.

    December 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Larry L

    Bachman or Perry are leading contenders. Both are dumber than a bag of hammers, neither of them can get their facts straight, both are Bible-thumpers, and neither can tell the truth. They are a perfect fit!

    December 16, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Sniffit

    “You don’t need to be within the technical definition of being a lobbyist to still be influence peddling with senior Republicans in Washington, DC to get them to do your bidding,”
    -Batty Bachman, 12-15-11

    Wow. Just...wow. What a mouthful. If that statement isn't being shoved down the GOP/Teatrolls' throats in advertising during every commercial break by next week, it's an epic messaging fail. But hey, at least she was truthful and got it right for once.

    December 16, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. diridi

    Better watch out, Better not cry, Clowns are coming to town...
    Obama2012..

    December 16, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    is the Tea Party REALLY that relevent anymore? Since they took over the House Congress approval ratings have plummeted and they can't seem to get anything done. Plus they seem to be out of touch with what is going on in the GOP if the so-called grassroots movement wants less spending and smaller government while the GOP supports protecting corporations and the upper 1% which I think the Tea Party folks don't fit into.

    December 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Keith in Austin

    I would vote for a Tea Partier any day vs. Obozo's "Occupier Crowd"! So will the majority of Tax-Paying Americans!! Just wait and see,

    December 16, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Well, Bachmann has already tried on the glass slippers in this Cinderella contest. They didn't fit her. The gallery does not like the way the glass slippers look on Gingrich's feet. So, who's next to try them on? Common sense says the best fit is Huntsman. But, when was the last time that conservatives did anything that made sense to the mainstream?

    I think Santorum will get a shot with the Tea Party before Huntsman will. Paul shot his Tea Party chances with his Iran remarks, and he doesn't seem to care what they think.

    December 16, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Tea Party needs to focus on the House and Senate races in order to defeat Democrats and give Republicans a majority in both houses, and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. They need to provide the new Republican president with the support he'll need to reverse the Obama disaster and get this country back on the right path to properity.

    December 16, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. ya'll cray cray

    Pretty sure Ron Paul has been championing this "tea party movements" ideals since 1976....

    December 16, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Anonymous

    There can be no "real tea party candidate" because there is no "real" tea party. Everything that happened after President Obama's election was a deceptively astro-turf movement by the hidden elites to obtain new ways to obstruct any efforts to take back power from those hidden elites in the 1%. The only thing real were the Ron Paul supporters who were making themselves heard before the president's election. They have the only legitimate claim to being "grassroots." Therefore, Ron Paul stands as the only legitimate claimant to the "tea party candidate" mantle.

    December 16, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Fayse

    This Congress is the worst we have ever seen. The Tea Party obstrontionists have created one crisis after another. They have embarrassed America. We need to send them all back home in 2012.

    December 16, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Gurgi

    Despite her minor historical gaffs, she is the most conservative candidate. Right now this country needs at least one term of conservative governing to get us out of the current mess created by moderates and left wing socialist leaning governing.

    December 16, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. epicism

    We can see how effective Tea Party Republicans have been at governance. Just take a look at what happened to congress after their victories in 2010? Theirs is a Pyrrhic Victory, they may stop spending via new legislation, but they also prohibit any method of addressing the decades of spending already legislated.

    December 16, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Scott O

    The original "modern day Tea Party" was founded on Dec. 16th 2007 as a Ron Paul 2008 Presidential fundraising event. The original promo video is all over Y/T still, just go look. Since then, the Neo-cons have hijacked it. Ron Paul is the Nation's leading advocate of Freedom, balanced budgets, individual liberty, sound money, stronger National Defense and foreign policy of non-intervention.

    December 16, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    Why don't you just save tima and ask Huntsman to take a step back? The rest are all Tea Party candidates. They have their pick. One question: What is that trickling down on us from the GOP? It taste like a mixture of BS and bad tea.

    December 16, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |