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
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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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Iowa tea party group cancels O'Donnell speaking appearance
August 30th, 2011
12:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa tea party group cancels O'Donnell speaking appearance

Washington (CNN) – Organizers for Saturday's tea party rally in Iowa Tuesday blamed an internal miscommunication over the event's schedule for rescinding a speaking slot Tuesday for former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

The group had confirmed Monday that O'Donnell would speak. She would have been prior to the keynote from Sarah Palin which had raised the specter of the two on the same stage.
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Filed under: 2012 • Christine O'Donnell • Iowa • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
Romney to make first appearance at a major tea party rally
August 30th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney to make first appearance at a major tea party rally

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – For the first time, Mitt Romney will headline a major national tea party rally.

On Labor Day the Republican presidential candidate will join the Tea Party Express' "Reclaiming America" bus tour in Manchester, New Hampshire, organizers tell CNN.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party movement
Axelrod laments 'tea party downgrade'
August 7th, 2011
12:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod laments 'tea party downgrade'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's chief re-election strategist on Sunday blamed Standard & Poor's downgrade of the United States' credit rating on tea party conservatives who made raising the federal debt ceiling a political issue.

"This is essentially a tea party downgrade," David Axelrod told the CBS program "Face the Nation." "The tea party brought us to the brink of a default."
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Filed under: David Axelrod • Debt • Deficit • Tea Party movement
Who is the Tea Party Caucus in the House?
Tea Party activists gather on Capitol Hill for a 'Hold the Line' rally on June 27, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
July 29th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Who is the Tea Party Caucus in the House?

(CNN) - Fiery Republicans known as the Tea Party Caucus are at the center of the debate over which version of a plan - if any - to cut spending and raise the debt limit should be adopted in Congress.

These conservatives, many of whom were swept into office during the 2010 midterm elections, have made it their mission to reign in spending and shrink the size of government, even if it means taking the country to the edge of default.
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Filed under: Congress • Republicans • Tea Party Caucus • Tea Party movement
Hardliners in debt talks have debt problems of their own
Utah Sen. Mike Lee
July 28th, 2011
08:29 PM ET
3 years ago

Hardliners in debt talks have debt problems of their own

Washington (CNN) – They’re hard-charging, compromise-damning members of Congress, and they’ve changed the debate in Washington over the size and spending of the government.

In recent days, Republican hard-liners in the debt ceiling talks have been vociferous in their rhetoric.
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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Tea Party movement
McCain refers to 'tea party hobbits,' blasts Bachmann-backed idea
July 27th, 2011
07:36 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain refers to 'tea party hobbits,' blasts Bachmann-backed idea

Washington (CNN) - On the same day that House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans to "Get your asses in line" and support his debt ceiling proposal, Sen. John McCain also blasted fellow Republicans.

In a Senate floor speech laced with sarcasm and stings, the Arizona Republican aimed especially harsh fire at the tea party Wednesday.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • John McCain • Tea Party movement
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