Tampa, Florida (CNN) – A battle over Social Security between the top two contenders in the race for the GOP nomination that started at last week's presidential debate doesn't show any signs of quieting down, and a first ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate Monday night in Florida could serve as the setting for round two in the clash.
And the debate, being held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, will give the six other candidates on the stage an opportunity to change the dynamics of what many are currently portraying as a two-person race between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
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
(CNN) – Members of the tea party movement, including Sarah Palin, came out strongly against comments made by Teamsters President Jim Hoffa Monday, when he referred to Republicans as "sons of bitches."
Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said the comments were "disgraceful" and called on President Barack Obama and DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to denounce the remarks.
(CNN) – The leader of a large grassroots organization instrumental to the tea party movement isn't happy with Mitt Romney, and he's not afraid to show it.
Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, was adamant that the former Massachusetts governor is "not good with the men and women of the tea party movement" Friday during an interview on CNN.
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will celebrate Labor Day in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.
The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee will attend a Tea Party Express rally in Manchester on Monday, the same day former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was due to attend the event.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – On Tuesday evening, Mitt Romney’s campaign reversed one scheduling decision, and switched course on another regarding the candidate’s attendance at two major conservative events. The decisions irritated organizers of one of the events.
Just hours after CNN first reported that Romney would appear at a Tea Party Express rally on Monday Sept. 5 - Labor Day – in Manchester, New Hampshire, the campaign changed that decision. Instead, the campaign said the Republican presidential candidate would attend the Express’ tea party rally Sunday evening in Concord, New Hampshire.
NAPA, California (CNN) - Just beyond the cabernet and merlot halls at the Napa Expo, wine country chatter such as "I want something smooth and fruity" gave way to political debate Saturday.
The Tea Party Express, one of the nation’s largest tea party groups, launched its 29-city bus tour this weekend in California.
(CNN) - Two of the nation's prominent tea party groups will merge for a Wisconsin bus tour in support of six Republican state senators facing recall elections.
Kicking off their four-day "Restoring Common Sense" tour Friday, Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Express will hold rallies in multiple cities and defend Republicans who supported Gov. Scott Walker's controversial bill that curbed collective bargaining rights for state employees earlier this year.
Washington (CNN) - On Wednesday, the Tea Party Express announced that it will launch a national bus tour in August, the fifth of its kind since the conservative movement began in 2009.
The tour will kick off August 27 in Napa, California and wind its way through 29 rallies. As it has in past, the tour will feature musical acts, conservative speakers and political candidates, likely even Republican presidential candidates.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mere hours before this cycle's first presidential debate in New Hampshire, some key figures in the tea party movement had a message for any Republican presidential hopeful: if he or she thinks they can win the GOP nomination without Tea Party support – think again.
That's the declaration from the Tea Party Express on Monday ahead of the debate, in Manchester, co-sponsored by CNN, WMUR and The New Hampshire Union Leader.
Washington (CNN) – Already, things are getting ugly.
In a preview of what'll likely be a bruising bout of political combat, the Tea Party Express and Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson's campaign began trading barbs on Wednesday.