March 14th, 2010
08:03 AM ET
March 14th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Update: Fledgling Coffee Party deems kickoff a success

Washington (CNN) - The new Coffee Party movement deemed its official kickoff Saturday a "huge success," with dozens of talks held at coast-to-coast coffee shops as members came together to discuss the issues most important to them.

Billed by many as an answer to the conservative Tea Party movement, the Coffee Party was born on Facebook just six weeks ago. While the group has become an instant hit online - it boasts more than 141,000 Facebook fans as of Saturday - gauging the success of this weekend's coffee meetups was predicted to be an indicator of the group's strength.

A statement released by the party said "today's coffee houses have been a huge success - both for Coffee Party USA and for democracy. All across the U.S., Americans from all political sides sat down for civil conversation and, of course, coffee."

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