November 8th, 2012
10:42 AM ET
1 year ago

LaTourette: Tea party response to Romney loss is 'crap'

(CNN) – After some tea party leaders blamed Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election on his lack of conservatism, Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderate Republican who announced his retirement in July, offered sharp criticism to their reaction.

"There's a one-word phrase we use in Ohio for that: Crap. That's nonsense," LaTourette said Thursday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Ohio • Tea Party
A day after loss, conservatives point fingers
Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Jenny Beth Martin joins other members of the Tea Party outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
November 7th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
1 year ago

A day after loss, conservatives point fingers

(CNN) - Following Mitt Romney's loss to President Barack Obama, conservative leaders wasted no time Wednesday offering pointed criticism of the Republican Party and its pick for president.

A coalition of social conservatives and tea party activists gathered in Washington to decry what they described as Romney's failure to represent conservatives on a national level.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party
Rules fight sparks drama at RNC
August 28th, 2012
07:12 PM ET
2 years ago

Rules fight sparks drama at RNC

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republican National Convention adopted two controversial rules on Tuesday. But a fight over their adoption threw a wrench in the convention's carefully scripted events: pitting the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and grassroots activists on one side with Mitt Romney's campaign and establishment Republicans on the other.

The days-long fight reached climax just hours after the Tuesday RNC session began, with supporters of the rules cheering their adoption and opponents booing against them. Moments before, some delegates even laid out angry – yet unsubstantiated – claims of meddling to keep some delegates away from a committee vote.
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Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?
August 27th, 2012
07:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Is the tea party changing the Republican Party from the inside - or selling out to the GOP?

As Republicans prepare to officially roll out Mitt Romney as their party's presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention this week, major tea party groups and figures have descended on Tampa, Florida, to schmooze with party bigwigs and rally for Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention • Tea Party
Bachmann: 'We're looking at a spiritual hurricane'
August 26th, 2012
08:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann: 'We're looking at a spiritual hurricane'

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann tied religion into comments about Florida's severe weather, saying Sunday at a prayer rally that there's "a spiritual hurricane in our land."

The Minnesota congresswoman and former GOP presidential contender made the remarks at the rally in Tampa ahead of the Republican National Convention, the first day of which was canceled due to weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Isaac.
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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Michele Bachmann • Tea Party
Thompson wins GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin
August 15th, 2012
07:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Thompson wins GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin

(CNN) – Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson won Tuesday's Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in the state.

Thompson's main opponents–businessman Eric Hovde and former Rep. Mark Neumann–conceded after the results came in.
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Filed under: Senate Primaries • Tea Party • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
Tea party candidate to receive prime RNC speaking slot
August 8th, 2012
06:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Tea party candidate to receive prime RNC speaking slot

(CNN) - Ted Cruz, who defeated an establishment backed candidate in last week's Texas Republican Senate primary, will receive a key speaking slot at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official confirms to CNN.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will put out a press release Wednesday announcing that Cruz and four other elected officials including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will address the convention.

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Filed under: 2012 • Reince Priebus • Republican National Convention • RNC • Scott Walker • Tea Party
August 1st, 2012
09:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Would more tea party-backed senators mean more gridlock?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas GOP upstart Ted Cruz claimed victory Tuesday with a familiar tea party rallying cry.

"Millions of Texans and Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution," he told supporters.

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Filed under: Senate • Tea Party • Texas
First on CNN: Tea party plans bus tour to help Romney, Republicans
July 18th, 2012
03:37 PM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Tea party plans bus tour to help Romney, Republicans

Washington (CNN) - The nation's largest tea party political action committee is planning a major push this September for Mitt Romney and other Republicans with what will be their "longest" cross country bus tour since the movement began in 2009, the group said Wednesday.

The Tea Party Express will mount its eighth nationwide tour – titled "Winning for America" - in the last two weeks of September and the first week of October, according to chief strategist Sal Russo.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party • Tea Party Express
Court ruling pumps up tea partiers - but not their enthusiasm for Romney
June 30th, 2012
10:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Court ruling pumps up tea partiers - but not their enthusiasm for Romney

(CNN) – Before the ink completely dried on the Supreme Court's landmark decision on the nation's health care law, pundits summed up its political impact: It handed President Barack Obama a huge policy win - but gave Mitt Romney a political battle cry.

The court's affirming of the Affordable Care Act has angered and pumped up conservatives even more to repeal Obamacare. But are they now at full-throttle enthusiasm for a Romney presidency?

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Tea Party
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