Washington (CNN) – CNN is teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate, both organizations announced Friday. The Tea Party debate, featuring 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is scheduled for Labor Day week 2011. It will take place in Tampa, Florida – the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Since the spring of 2009, the Tea Party movement has been increasingly vocal in advocating for less government spending, lower taxes and shrinking the deficit. The Tea Party debate will place specific emphasis on those issues.
Washington (CNN) - The head of one of the best known national Tea Party groups predicts that a potential White House bid by Mitt Romney could face pushback from Tea Party activists because of the health care plan implemented in Massachusetts during Romney's term as the state's governor.
Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer, asked during an interview by David Brody on CBN's "The Brody File" if the Massachusetts health care situation will fly with Tea Party activists, responded by saying "Absolutely not. You can't get away from that."
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - A Tea Party group that's been targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for over a year is now going after him once again.
Tea Party Express, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of Sharron Angle, Reid's Republican challenger, and which has targeted the Senate's top Democrat in three of their four well publicized cross-country bus tours, now says they'll hold a watch party in the same Las Vegas casino where Reid is setting up shop for his election night headquarters.
(CNN) - Tom Tancredo's third party bid for Colorado governor is getting a big endorsement from a leading member of the Tea Party movement.
The chairman of the Tea Party Express, one of the most well-known and politically active national Tea Party organizations, on Monday endorsed Tancredo.
"Tom Tancredo has always been there for the constitutional conservative principles that drive the tea party movement, and I am honored to support him," said Amy Kremer, in a statement.
(CNN) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People released a new study Wednesday that claims to tie members of the Tea Party to white supremacist groups, anti-immigration organizations, anti-semitic groups and independent militias.
The study, conducted by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights analyzed the membership of six Tea Party organizations in the country.
En route to Ely, Nevada (CNN) – Tea Party activists often say that the movement is virtually unstoppable. But the current bus tour for the Tea Party Express was forced to temporarily stop on Tuesday.
The reason: roadwork.
The re-paving of some eight miles of road caused a delay as the roving bus tour traveled on a two-lane highway between Wells and Ely, Nevada. Ely will be the site of the third rally on the Express' 30-city tour.
Reno, Nevada (CNN) - In an interview with CNN, Sarah Palin said she doesn't think the Tea Party will split the Republican Party but noted the GOP would be "through" if it strays from its core values.
"I think the machine within the GOP will realize the 'we the people' within message is rising and is resonating throughout with independents, with moderates, with hard core conservatives because it's so full of common sense," Sarah Palin said, adding: "And time tested truths that could put the economy back on track that heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message if so, the GOP is through."
(CNN) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had a message for the GOP Monday – "man up" and support the Tea Party.
"The bigwigs in the machine they're driving me crazy because they're too chicken to support the Tea Party candidates," Palin said at a Tea Party kick-off rally in Nevada. "The ideas of the Tea Party movement are the American ideals that will put us back to work."