[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/01/art.granholm.cnn.jpg caption="Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says a 'fringe element' is using the Tea Party to transmit views."](CNN) – Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says a “fringe element” is using the Tea Party to transmit views that are unacceptable in the national political debate.
“There is a fringe element …that I think uses the Tea Party as a way to push into the mainstream - what are really and have been fringe sentiments,” Granholm, a Democrat, told CNN’s Candy Crowley in an interview airing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
Granholm added she feels much of the grass-roots movement is “mainstream,” but said it also serves to “amplif[y] a voice that would previously have been unacceptable, I think, in most [of the] mainstream.”
Granholm, a two-term governor who will leave office in January, is reported to be on President Obama’s short list for the Supreme Court.
Candy Crowley’s full interview with Granholm airs Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union at 9 a.m. ET.