April 24th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Granholm worries of Tea Party's 'fringe element'

[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.

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. digger

    why don't you say anything about the fringe on the left. They have caused more trouble than any others. I guess you can't say anything about them,you would be slamming your own people.

    April 24, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. terry,va

    We don't need a fool like Granholm on the Supreme Court. She sounds like she would suppress free speech like Obummie does every time some disagrees with him.

    April 24, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Hey, Granholm!

    Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says a “fringe element” is using the Tea Party to transmit views that are unacceptable in the national political debate.
    Hey, Granholm, how about acknowledging that the liberal "fringe element" in the White House and Congress is "transmitting views" - that are unacceptable under the U.S. Constitution!

    April 24, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Miri

    Demonizing the opposition is always a good argument. (Sarcasm)

    April 24, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. art in kingwood

    What Granholm terms as "unacceptable" views is just the concept that the truth is being told about the Obama regime and his Progressive lap dogs. Nothing more, nothing less.

    April 24, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Marge

    Oh oh oh someone finally admits that there are KKK elements in the tea bags. WE real Americans knew that. We didn't need Creepy Crawley to tell us that. And boy she was bad enough and since she got her own show the creepiness is sure showing more and more.

    This statement is awaiting moderation....CNN it is a slam at the republicans and we know you don't allow that.

    April 24, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Tim

    And she should know, she talked to Obama's pal Ayers about such lunatics.

    April 24, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The tea party IS a fringe group.... DUH

    April 24, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Anonymous

    " A fringe element using the Tea Party?"
    Has anyone read the number of members of this group- 67,000- with maybe another 10-15,000 unaccounted for- how much more "fringe" can it get?
    Becuase they make noise, does not make thme a voice. there are almost twice that many people in the town of Burbank, CA. than in this entire movement! They don't even fill a good size football stadium!
    Like Pailin, they are inconsequential. Stop giving them credit for the sentiments of Americans.

    April 24, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Michael

    The new member of the Supreme Court should definitely be someone who understands that radical, violent lunatic fringe elements (for example those who believe terrorists like McVeigh to be heroes) are dangerous criminals and should be treated as such.

    April 24, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Gil

    Fringe doesn't come close to describing these nut cases. They are a bunch of sore losers and they can't shut up and admit they lost. A poll shows that only about 17% of the nut cases in the republican party fall into this catagory. I thought it was a heck of a lot more listening to the constant No, No No's coming forth from the Party of Nothing!

    April 24, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. New Age Independant

    We've already seen the truth in the so-called "fringe" element. Liberal nuts from the Democrat party infiltrating the gatherings in an attempt to make them look bad. It's a sad and pathetic day for the Democrats, they really have become the party of yesterday.

    April 24, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. adam

    If you are on the left and protest you are exercising your right–if you are on the right and protest you are radical racist.

    April 24, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. jp,michigan

    Olease Gov., the Tea party movement is just like the grassroot movement that put Obama in the White House, only this one will remove Obama and his democratic partners.

    April 24, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. HoldenLitgo

    Like Palin and Beck?

    April 24, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Willy Brown

    Gov. Jennifer Granholm I'd be more worried about your lack of leadership and the way you are running thew once great state of Michigan into the ground but that's what democrats do. Tea party is not the problem, democrats are...

    April 24, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. What about left wing "fringe element?"

    ...and Obama pushes things that only appeal to the "fringe element" of the Democrat party. Why don't you talk about that Granholm?

    April 24, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. greg

    If you are on the left and you protest using threats, racial slurs, homophobic slurs . . . oh wait, that would make you a tea bagger.

    April 24, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Marie MD

    There's a difference between the left exercising the right to be heard about a REAL CAUSE and the right using the first amendment as their voice for bigotry and racism with no real cause or path.
    Obama = trying to bring people together vs the shrilla' from wasilla = hate, ignorance and stupidity.
    See the difference? Most intelligent people do.

    April 24, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. niname

    They worry me to death. They are un-American and definitely unpatriotic.

    April 24, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Nancy G

    You got it backwards, if you're on the right, it's considered a constitutional right to free speech. If it's the left and anyone voices their opnion, they are considered un-american, socialists, communists, etc.

    April 24, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. gina

    Oh please Adam. I seem to recall being told that if I criticized Bush I was unpatriotic and not a real American. The right and the left distort for their own advantage, but nothing has changed in the U.S. in the last year to explain the freak out of these fringe elements. We all know what their real problem with the President is.

    April 24, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Anonymous

    It has nothing to do with the so called tea party it is republicans trying to hide behind a so called tea party that is causing the problems.

    They are like men dressing as women to try to fool the public and the problem is they do deceive those on the extreme.

    April 24, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Charles W. Skinner

    And there have been fringe elements that have commandeered the agenda of the Progressives and Liberals for YEARS. Let's name a few, shall we? Well, there's the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, Greenpeace (although non-violent in RECENT years) and lets not forget the Anti-Free Trade groups (such as anarchists) that congregate and riot every time the G-20 meet.

    Gov. Granholm better take a look at her own party before she start's casting the actions of members of the TEA party as amplifying voices that would be "unacceptable."

    April 24, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Anonymous

    since the comments on the Presidents address for the passage of financial reform bill is already after 4 comments closed, here quickly my comment:

    …very well said, Mr. President. Thanks to your courageous, hard work and overcoming the naysayers, – the car industry is recuperating. I know you will do your best to pass financial reform. Please continue to work so well for the average American people. Thank you very much, Mr. President.

    April 24, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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