BORGER: Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney?
October 13th, 2011
07:31 AM ET
3 years ago

BORGER: Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney?

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360," "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) – After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party movement
Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare
October 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea Party Express chair accuses president of class warfare

(CNN) - Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer slammed President Obama Thursday for "playing class warfare" with the "millionaire's surtax."

The new tax on those with income over a million dollars a year was introduced by Senate Democrats to pay for the president's American Jobs Act. The President endorsed the measure at his Thursday news conference.
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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Herman Cain • Jobs • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
Senators place blame for budget stalemate
September 25th, 2011
01:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Senators place blame for budget stalemate

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner engaged in a political back-and-forth Sunday that revealed fractures between both parties—and the House and Senate.

Though Warner admitted the threat of another government shutdown as a result of a budget showdown is “embarrassing,” he also told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the conservative tea party movement was causing yet another stalemate.
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New CNN Poll: GOP divided over tea party movement
September 15th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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New CNN Poll: GOP divided over tea party movement

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party is split right down the middle between tea party movement supporters and those who do not support the two-and-a-half-year-old movement, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Thursday also highlights the differences in demographics, ideology, and temperament between the two camps. According to the survey, on some issues, the two wings of the GOP are in accord, but tea party activists and supporters do not speak for the entire Republican Party on issues such as the deficit, global warming, evolution, abortion, gay marriage, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Education, or Social Security.
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Filed under: Republicans • Tea Party movement
BLITZER’S BLOG: Perry sticks to his guns
September 14th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
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BLITZER’S BLOG: Perry sticks to his guns

(CNN) - Whether you agree or disagree with his stance, you have to give Texas Governor Rick Perry credit for sticking to his guns on some sensitive issues that many tea party and other conservative Republican activists actively oppose.

I’m talking about his support in Texas for in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants and for a mandate to provide the HPV vaccine for young girls to prevent them from developing the sexually-transmitted infection that can lead to cervical cancer.

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Lots at stake in first-of-its-kind tea party presidential debate
September 11th, 2011
11:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Lots at stake in first-of-its-kind tea party presidential debate

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

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Angry electorate helps sustain tea party
September 11th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Angry electorate helps sustain tea party

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - On Sept. 12, 2009, frustrated tea party citizens from across the country marched upon the Capitol in Washington, energized by a shared sense of disenfranchisement in the political system and anger at a federal government they believed was taxing too much and racking up a dangerous amount of debt.

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.

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Hoffa responds, reaffirms tea party remarks
September 6th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Hoffa responds, reaffirms tea party remarks

(CNN) - Teamsters President Jim Hoffa stood by comments he made at an event Monday, where he referred to Republicans as "sons of bitches," after receiving criticism from members of the tea party movement, including Sarah Palin.

In a statement Tuesday, Hoffa said his comments at the event echoed the sentiments of American workers who are "under attack by corporate-funded politicians who want to destroy the middle class."
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
Tea party fires back at Hoffa
September 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea party fires back at Hoffa

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
Romney on message at tea party rally
September 5th, 2011
05:56 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney on message at tea party rally

Programming note: Watch Sen. Jim DeMint's Palmetto Freedom Forum on Labor Day from 3 to 5 p.m. ET on CNN or CNN.com, then watch John King's interview with DeMint on "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET.

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – For all that was new about Mitt Romney speaking before a tea party crowd, the most striking fact was how little was different.

Aside from a new line about his short time spent in public office, when Romney spoke to a tea party rally in Concord, New Hampshire, he stuck with the same pro-business message he's used at campaign events across the country.

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