Sen. Lee to endorse Romney
March 25th, 2012
06:33 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Lee to endorse Romney

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah will endorse GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday, a Romney campaign source confirmed to CNN.

Lee, a popular figure in the Tea Party movement, will be the first member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus to endorse the former Massachusetts governor. Romney previously received the support of most of the Utah congressional delegation, including Sen. Orrin Hatch and Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop.
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Filed under: Mike Lee • Mitt Romney • Utah
July 31st, 2011
11:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Sen. Lee threatens to filibuster debt ceiling vote

(CNN)– Sen. Mike Lee of Utah told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Sunday night that he will filibuster Monday's Senate vote.

Breaking a filibuster would require sixty votes in the Senate.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Mike Lee • Senate
'First Tea Party town hall' sees political unity, few tough questions for lawmakers
February 8th, 2011
11:53 PM ET
4 years ago

'First Tea Party town hall' sees political unity, few tough questions for lawmakers

Washington (CNN) - Six members of Congress faced conservative activists in what organizers called the "first Tea Party town hall" on Tuesday.

Attendees included Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, both of Utah, as well as Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Allen West of Florida and Steve King of Iowa.
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Filed under: Allen West • Michele Bachmann • Mike Lee • Orrin Hatch • Steve King • Tea Party Express
Tea Party Caucus set to meet
January 14th, 2011
06:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party Caucus set to meet

(CNN) – The Senate Tea Party Caucus will convene for the first time January 27 at a meeting that will feature members of local Tea Party groups and Republican Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

According to a statement, they will discuss spending proposals, options for balancing the budget, ending the deficit and limiting the size of government.
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Filed under: Jim DeMint • Mike Lee • Rand Paul • Tea Party movement
July 10th, 2010
09:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Repeal 17th Amendment?

(CNN) – Utah Republican Mike Lee said Friday that he favors changing the way senators are elected, even as he seeks his own seat in that body.

Speaking on CNN's John King, USA, Lee said that the 17th Amendment was a mistake, and that while he wouldn't focus on repealing it, he does "think that we lost something when we adopted it."

The 17th Amendment established the direct election of senators by the popular vote. Senators had previously been elected by state legislatures.

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Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • John King USA • Mike Lee • Utah
June 23rd, 2010
08:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party backed candidate closer to US Senate

Mike Lee (far left) captured the GOP Senate nomination in Utah Tuesday night.
Mike Lee (far left) captured the GOP Senate nomination in Utah Tuesday night.

(CNN) - A Tea Party backed candidate in Utah is a major step closer Wednesday morning to joining the U.S. Senate.

Mike Lee, a 38 year old attorney, captured the GOP Senate nomination in Utah Tuesday, edging out fellow conservative Tim Bridgewater, in a battle to succeed another Republican, Sen. Bob Bennett.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Lee beat Bridgewater 51 percent to 49 percent, according to a vote count by Associated Press.

"We had an army of hard-fighting, hard-campaigning volunteers and they just refused to quit because they believed in our message," said Lee late Tuesday night, according to local reports.

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Filed under: 2010 • Mike Lee • Tea Party Express • Utah
June 22nd, 2010
08:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Tea Party battle to be decided in Utah primary

The Tea Party Express is backing lawyer Mike Lee in his bid to succeed fellow Utah Republican Bob Bennett in the Senate.
The Tea Party Express is backing lawyer Mike Lee in his bid to succeed fellow Utah Republican Bob Bennett in the Senate.

(CNN) - Voters will head to the polls in Utah Tuesday, where a Republican Senate nomination battle is grabbing the spotlight.

The contest will be another test of the political strength of the Tea Party Express. The national Tea Party group, which is based in California, is backing and assisting lawyer Mike Lee in the battle to succeed fellow Republican Bob Bennett, who is supporting the other candidate on the ballot, businessman Tim Bridgewater.

Bridgewater and Lee finished first and second last month at the Utah Republican party convention, advancing to the June 22 primary. Bridgewater and Lee touted themselves as more reliable conservatives than Bennett, who finished third in the voting by delegates, eliminating him from advancing to the primary and ending his chances of re-election for a fourth term in the Senate. Bennett became the first sitting senator to go down in defeat in a primary season marked by a strong anti-incumbent sentiment.

Tea Party Express, best known for its three national bus tours, is running radio ads supporting Lee. The group recently pumped more than half a million dollars into the recent fight for the Republican Senate nomination in neighboring Nevada, helping transform former state lawmaker Sharron Angle, once a long-shot, into an easy winner in this month's primary election.

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Filed under: 2010 • Mike Lee • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement • Utah
June 15th, 2010
08:23 AM ET
5 years ago

Tea Party Express takes sides in Utah battle

Utah Senate hopeful Mike Lee was endorsed by the Tea Party Express on Tuesday.
Utah Senate hopeful Mike Lee was endorsed by the Tea Party Express on Tuesday.

(CNN) – With one week to go until Utah's primary, one of the two Republican Senate candidates in the race is getting a major endorsement.

The national Tea Party organization Tea Party Express Tuesday backed Mike Lee in the battle to succeed fellow Republican Bob Bennett.

The move comes four days after Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater, the other candidate in the contest.

Bridgewater and Lee finished first and second last month at the Utah Republican party convention, advancing to the June 22 primary. Bridgewater and Lee touted themselves as more reliable conservatives than Bennett, who finished third in the voting by delegates, eliminating him from advancing to the primary and ending his chances of re-election for a fourth term in the Senate. Bennett became the first sitting senator to go down to defeat in a primary season marked by a strong anti-incumbent sentiment.

"Mike Lee is a proud constitutional conservative who can be trusted to uphold the principles of the tea party movement," says Amy Kremer, Director of Grassroots & Coalitions for the Tea Party Express, in a statement.

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Filed under: 2010 • Mike Lee • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement • Utah
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