5 Reasons 'Teavangelicals' matter
Worshipers at a church in Puerto Rico where former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum campaigned this year.
June 27th, 2012
04:40 PM ET
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5 Reasons 'Teavangelicals' matter

(CNN) – It's a match made in political heaven – evangelical Christians and the Tea Party. Starting in 2010, the two huge conservative flanks started coming together, forming what Christian Broadcasting Network Chief Political correspondent David Brody calls the "Teavangelical" movement.

Sure, the Tea Party was supposed to be all about money matters, its name an acronym for "taxed enough already." The conventional wisdom was that the group didn't care much about social issues like gay marriage and abortion – those were the province of evangelicals.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    So, combine monetary ignorance with scientific ignorance and you get the Tea Party? That's the lesson?

    June 27, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. SafeJourney

    No they dont. They tried to matter in 2010 but they screwed that up completely. Buy, Buy tea people. you day is done

    June 27, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. ejktexas

    And the combination of the economic agenda with the social agenda is what is bringing the tea party down. If they had stuck to a message of economic freedom they could have maintained more momentum, but the far right crashed the party.

    June 27, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Yeah, don't worry Democrats.... there can't be more than say 30-80 million of these people. Nothing to worry about. Unless they all come out to vote!!!

    June 27, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    The Real Tom Paine
    So, combine monetary ignorance with scientific ignorance and you get the Tea Party? That's the lesson?
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    Monetary ignorance would be when a government tries to buy an economy back to life with money from new debt even though existing debt is approaching 100% of GDP. Thank goodness Voters put the Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives in 2010 or national debt would already be $20 trillion and unemployment still over 10%.

    June 27, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. NameSTEPHANIE NATION

    You know you can play and lie to man but not to god Jesus had no respect of person do u not think he knows your heart the tax issue is greed even though they won't say its race it is when judgement comes. For u don't ask why cause you lie u cheat and vote for a morman based on his race motto is really running on being white that's all. But you crusify Jesus again by lying and cheating in his name

    June 27, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @The Real Tom Paine "So, combine monetary ignorance with scientific ignorance and you get the Tea Party?"

    Here is a different equation: Remove the specific religious references from a tel-evangelist leaving the empty excitement and you get Obama. Then remove some smarts and move the money from unions to corporate sponsors and you get Romney. Then dump all of their combined BS on us and you get angry.

    June 27, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    if these so-called evangelicals actually read the Bible and practice what it preaches they would treat people a lot better. They should be doing the type of bus tour the Catholic nuns are doing against the proposed Ryan Budget where the lower incmoe and edlery get the shaft while guys like the Koch Brothers get the breaks. Because of things like this I think we need to keep religion and politics seperate. Stop the judgemental stuff and the intolerence..leave it up to the great I AM to make those decisions not us.

    June 27, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. lies from the right but mostly hate

    These people are as politically backward as their religious beliefs

    June 27, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. chuck weidemann

    This country was founded by people who wanted to get away from the mixing of religious and political views...... That was the point then as it should be now!!!!

    June 27, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These people were "drinking tea" and licking Bush's boots when he was in office, how quickly they changed from that and formed a hateful "tea party" when Obama became President. Don't play me for stupid, don't use the Bible to coverup who you really are, you defame and defoul the Bibile.

    June 27, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Sandman

    Doesn't freedom of religion as stated in the constitution that they all are suddenly talking so much about include any religion? Don't get it twisted, I'm a Christian but won't demonize you if you aren't. I would never have a child of mine aborted but not my place to force that on any of you. Does this not make any sense to any of you zealots? All the lies, baiting and mongering. AMEN Stephanie Nation.....Denying what's really in the hearts and minds of some of these people is an insult to a sane human mind.

    June 27, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. louis

    They will not change any votes anybody that supports them will vote for republicans 99.9% of the time anyways..

    June 27, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Walt

    31% of eligible YOUNG VOTERS guestion the existence of God--alexithymic Mitt can kiss 2012 goodbye.

    June 27, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    once upon a horse
    if these so-called evangelicals actually read the Bible and practice what it preaches they would treat people a lot better. They should be doing the type of bus tour the Catholic nuns are doing against the proposed Ryan Budget where the lower incmoe and edlery get the shaft while guys like the Koch Brothers get the breaks.
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    Boy do you slurp up the Obama/ Biden 2012 Kool-Aid! The Ryan Budget actually saves Medicare and increases economic growth for job creation. Do you think the Koch brothers are collecting unemployment? I don't know about you, but when I'm elderly I hope Medicare is not broke. What's Obama doing about that? I'll give you a hint. Nothing, unless you call ignoring it doing something...

    June 27, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Nixon's "Silent Majority or Moral Majority Right-wing evangelical Christian group in the United States, founded by the Revd Jerry Falwell .

    Romney / Nixon
    We can Change 2012 ?

    June 27, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Jane

    Well, yes, originally the poor dupes thought they were 'creating a grass roots movement' over taxation questions; it never sank in that the "tea party" was a wholly owned brainchild of Karl Rove and his egregiously illegal and jaded super pacs, who are in it for the money and power. If one of the original tea partiers were drowning in front of any of these people, do you really think Any Of Them would lift a finger to save the poor stooge????

    June 27, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    People who refuse to understand that curring the debt issues and be social conservatives will be prove to be a problem for the country. If they can't understand the idea of compromise, then they fail to understand a reason for government.

    June 27, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |