February 18th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Rubio says GOP should be home to Tea Partiers

(CNN) - Florida Republican Senate hopeful Marco Rubio, one of the top attractions at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, told CNN's Candy Crowley Thursday the Republican Party should embrace members of the Tea Party movement.

"We hope the Republican Party is the home of that movement and that's what we are working toward making sure that it is," he said. "When Republicans are about limited government, Republicans are successful. When they are about anything else, Republicans are not."

Rubio's comments come two days after former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin advised members of the conservative grassroots movement not to field independent candidates and, instead, to decide which party they intend to support.

Filed under: Marco Rubio • Tea Party movement
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Tram

    The republican party wants to destroy America, so does the Tea Partiers - sure, that's a match made somewhere FAR south of heaven.

    February 18, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. ran

    They are already being braced by the fer/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans. The "tea party" is the new name for the far right evangelicals of the past. People open your eyes and ears.

    Glad to hear the Democrats are ready to use reconciliation if the Republicans do not start to work with this President and Democrats. Late but better now then never. Go Democrats and get things done for the people and do not worry about the next election because you will win even more seats in both the House and Senate. We the people are waiting and keeping our" powder" dry for when the time is right to strike.

    February 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Laurie

    Don't worry Mr. Rubio. They always have been.

    February 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Eleanor

    Absolutely, the GOP should openly embrace the tea-baggers!! They have a great deal in common! Stupidity...racism...innate hatred... Sounds rather like a match made in heaven, doesn't it?

    February 18, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Shara

    Yes because they are alike. White, old, males and pandering to the rich.

    February 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Fou

    March rubio should win big.

    February 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. ICARE

    Judging and watching their activities, Tea Partyers are more like a Ron Paul to me, so I dont understand why they'll run over to the elephatns...

    February 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Billy, NYC

    Could the Republicans leave the TEA Party people alone? TEA does not agree with big Washington political establishments. The Dem and GOP ARE the two biggest political establishments in DC. Give me a break! GOP is so desparate and filled with politicians who care about only themsleves; not the constituients they promised to serve. Shame!

    February 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    FYI: The GOP IS home for the Teabaggers, they ALL vote Republican every time!

    Beware of small groups of angry people, America! Once upon a time, there was a small group of angry Germans who nearly destroyed the world, and killed over 6 million Jews.

    February 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. ConsiderThis-FL

    There you go. The GOP needs to be home to the Tea Party. News flash!! The GOP IS the home of the Tea Party!

    February 18, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Pragmatic

    Before the GOP anoints their next "great white hope" – check with your friends in Florida... the Ray Sansom scandal is just starting to pop – the $6 million illegally funneled to Sansom's alma mata. Rubio personally picked Sansom as budget chief and said of Sansom "he's on of the best people I have ever interacted with ." Sansom has resigned as speaker of the house, was indicted for official misconduct and is awaiting trial.

    When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas ... and Rubio is now doing a fine job of scratching ... trying to make it all go away ... using the GOP line "mistakes were made" & "I don't recall..."

    February 18, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. richp the poconos

    Why would you think that, both democrats and republicans have caused all this damage to our economy and government through PPP and self interest. You are like two NFL teams playing your own game and figuring the citizens like watching the show, maybe before, not now, we want you ALL out over the next two or three elections.

    February 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Like the one that crashed his plane into the IRS offices in Austin?

    February 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. America First

    It wold make sense since the Tea Party is nothing but the "crazy wing" of the GOP anyway.

    February 18, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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