WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin headlines the first venue of the Tea Party Express' final bus tour for 2010, which kicks off Monday morning in Reno, Nevada.
The "Liberty at the Ballot Box" tour schedule touts rallies in 30 cities over 15 days. It sets the stage for some of the final political battles ahead of midterm elections.
(CNN) - She headlined the kickoff event at the Tea Party Express's last cross-country caravan, and now Sarah Palin is going to help kick off the group's new bus tour.
The organization announced Thursday that the former Alaska governor and the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee will join the launch of tour, which they call the "Tea Party Express: Liberty At The Ballot Box" national tour, which starts Monday at a rally in Reno, Nevada.
The first two days of the tour are in Nevada, home state to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's fighting for his political life this year as he bids for a fifth term. Tea Party Express targeted Reid in its previous tours.
Washington (CNN) – The Tea Party Express revealed details of its final bus tour for 2010 on Monday night, setting the stage for some of the final political battles ahead of midterm elections.
The "Liberty at the Ballot Box." tour will begin Monday, October 18, making stops in 28 cities over 15 days, a statement from the group said.
The bus tour will wrap up in Concord, New Hampshire, on Monday, November 1 - one day before the midterm elections.
(CNN) - The Tea Party Express is set to reveal details on Monday about its upcoming bus tour. Last week, the group announced in a press release that it would reveal details on Monday.
Levi Russell, Tea Party Express Communications Director, confirmed to CNN Monday afternoon that those plans are still on track. Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer told CNN the group is "finalizing the details" of the "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box" tour, its fourth since 2009. The final deciding points, Kremer said, were which cities the tour should swing through. On Friday, a source did reveal to CNN some details of the upcoming tour.
In past Express tours, the group has visited areas represented by lawmakers who are prime political targets for conservative activists. For example, the group stormed through Nevada in previous tours drawing attention to its campaign against Sen. Harry Reid, the most powerful Democrat in the Senate. The Tea Party Express supports Republican candidate Sharron Angle in that Senate race.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
The Tea Party Express is setting out for another bus tour culminating on Election Day. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)
(CNN) – Get ready for a fourth cross-country bus tour from the Tea Party Express.
The national Tea Party organization, best known for its three cross country caravans, and for recently helping conservative candidates such as Joe Miller in Alaska and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, scored upsets in Republican Senate primaries over establishment GOP candidates, says it will make a "major announcement" Monday about its upcoming tour.
But the press release Wednesday from the group did reveal the name of the trip: "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box."
(CNN) - The Chairman of the Tea Party Express told CNN on Friday that Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to mount a write-in re-election effort shows that she doesn't "get it."
"She was fired by the people. The people were given a choice and they voted for somebody else," Amy Kremer told CNN. Kremer said she was shocked to learn of Murkowski's decision.
Kremer's group worked hard to push Joe Miller, the winner of Alaska's GOP Senate primary, over the finish line. After endorsing Miller in June, the Tea Party Express sent in staffers to scour the state in support of his candidacy and spent nearly $600,000 to help his campaign.
Adding yet another twist to the dramatic Republican battle in Alaska, Kremer thought her conservative organization was essentially done beating back Murkowski's re-election bid. But told CNN that given this latest development, "Oh, I'm sure we'll be back up there at some point."
(CNN) - Christine O'Donnell's upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is also another major victory for the Tea Party Express and for Sarah Palin.
"I also want to thank the Tea Party Express," said O'Donnell in her victory speech Tuesday night.
The Tea Party Express, a leading Tea Party organization, endorsed O'Donnell on July 21 and spent more than $250,000 to help the once long shot candidate defeat Castle, a brand name in Delaware thanks to two terms as governor and the past 18 years as the statewide congressman.
O'Donnell's victory comes two weeks after Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded to Joe Miller in Alaska's GOP Senate primary. The Tea Party Express pumped in about $600,000 to help the once unknown Miller edge out Murkowski, part of a political dynasty in Alaska.
(CNN) - With the momentum of Joe Miller's surprising win over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, the Tea Party movement is setting its sights on Delaware.
The Tea Party Express on Tuesday announced its support for Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, outlining plans for an aggressive campaign effort in the days leading up to the Sept. 14 Republican primary.
The race pits O'Donnell against moderate U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, a two-term Delaware governor and a Congressman since 1993.
The group outlined plans to hold several events for the candidate over the next week, including a rally on the Delaware Capitol Mall Wednesday, and a radio-thon on WDEL that promises to have "big names" calling in to endorse O'Donnell.
The latest effort comes after the group released a series of TV and radio ads last week that support O'Donnell and rail against Castle as a liberal candidate who "just keeps supporting the failed policies of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid."
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Washington (CNN) - Fresh on the heels of Joe Miller's surprising win over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, the Tea Party movement is setting its sights on Delaware.
Now the Delaware Republican Party is taking heed – and taking on – the Tea Party-backed candidate in the state's Republican Senate primary, sparking a war of words between the state's establishment GOP and the Tea Party movement.
It's a race that pits conservative Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell against moderate Rep. Mike Castle, Delaware's former two-term governor and lone Congressman since 1993.
Both candidates' campaigns have become increasingly caustic, especially as Tea Party-backed candidates across the country have picked up win after win against GOP establishment candidates.