BLITZER’S BLOG: Perry sticks to his guns
September 14th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
3 years ago

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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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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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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Romney nabs tea party endorsement in South Carolina
September 4th, 2011
05:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney nabs tea party endorsement in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – On the day before he takes part in a South Carolina presidential forum being organized by Sen. Jim DeMint, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney secured a high-profile tea party endorsement in the first-in-the-south primary state.

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, one of the most tea party-friendly elected officials in the Palmetto State, told CNN Sunday that he will chair Romney’s presidential campaign in state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • South Carolina • Tea Party movement
Rep. Carson defends controversial tea party slam
August 31st, 2011
08:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Carson defends controversial tea party slam

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - As members of the Congressional Black Caucus converged in Los Angeles for its final national job fair series, one of its ranking members responded to his own previous inflammatory comments in Miami about the tea party, comparing their movement to Jim Crow laws that segregated and marginalized African Americans in society.

A video surfaced Tuesday on TheBlaze.com, a website run by conservative host Glenn Beck, that shows Rep. Andre Carson, D- Indiana, who holds a leadership role in the CBC, at an August 22 event in Florida.
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Major tea party group to protest Romney tea party debut
August 31st, 2011
12:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Major tea party group to protest Romney tea party debut

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – National tea party sponsor FreedomWorks announced Wednesday it will protest Mitt Romney's debut at a major tea party event in New Hampshire this Sunday.

The group accused the Republican presidential candidate of suddenly "pandering" to conservative activists "because he's getting challenged from [Minnesota Rep. Michele] Bachmann and [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry and even [Texas Rep.] Ron Paul."
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Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast
August 31st, 2011
11:43 AM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Carson stands by tea party racism blast

(CNN) - A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made previously, when he said members of the tea party movement on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans "hanging on a tree."

Jason Tomsci, Carson's aide, confirmed the comments and reaffirmed the sentiment.
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Filed under: Congress • Tea Party movement
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