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. Barbara in PA

    To Gerry in NH...."the criminal activity by the Democratic party during the Healthcare debate".....sort of like the criminal activity under Bush/Cheney when they broke the law of the Constitution (Article IV of the Bill of Rights)? You know, when they waited until Congress recessed to push ILLEGAL wiretapping through....so it couldn't be stopped?

    Yeah, so where were you THEN, if you love the Constitution SOO much?

    You are being duped and misinformed, and I feel badly for you. When you wake up and realize you've been had, it will be too late.

    April 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. lila

    That is a pretty astute assessment. There are some pretty hateful crazy people who are using the "tea-party" folks as their cover. They are tainting the message of the tea-party and cause the purpose of the group to be muddied when they shout the N word at historic civil right leaders and spit at them. The legitimate tea-party folks should crack down hard on the fringe groups that crash into their protest and smear the whole movement. The fringe elements should be isolated and ostracised by the tea-party folks when they show up.

    April 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Tea Baggers are going to rip the GOP apart... GOOD!

    April 24, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Marcus

    You know what is sort of funny?
    People attacking the POTUS or his presidency, saying that they (in their turn) are attacking the Constitution and/or the 1st Ammendment, everytime someone says anything bad about the 'Tea Party'.
    Dixie Chixs (or is it Chicks?) did that (criticize the current POTUS) and the Gates of Hell were opened!!!
    No one is opening those gates now, you all still have the right to voice your opinion against any authority and not go to jail or suffer public retaliations for it. It's just the case of other people using the same right that you guys and gals have and criticize what YOU support.
    1st Ammendment works like that.
    Don't like it (the critics)? Then have something less easily debunked to back up your point of view.

    April 24, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. johnnyhouse

    Look at all of the big newspapers and see who gets the most space to gripe about problems that happened 200 years ago.Katrina is still blowing. Slavery is still kept alive to keep them dollars flowing and them checks coming when there is not a person still alive that ever saw a slave or ever owned one.We have regular newspaper articles written on opinion pages by writers who constantly remind people of all the injustice that has happened but never mention the deal the American Indian got or the Asian workers who died building railroads under slave conditions across the worst part of this country.We need some Irish writers tellling us about their treatment when they arrived here. We have to keep the pot boiling to cook the soup of Liberalism. We give Wall street the devil while they pay the biggest part of the bills that fuel Socialism.

    April 24, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Jerry - Florida

    Hey idiot, be careful what you say about the Tea Party. IT may affect your future plans. You don't have to kiss up to President NObama. If you stop acting stupid, you will probably still be considered for the Supreme Court slot.

    However, are you showing paws already? The Tea Party, whether your ilk likes it or not, is a movement that you will have to confront and reckon with. They are getting more powerful by the minute. If there's is a fringe element, they are probably planted by the NObama administration and/or the Democratic party.

    By the way, I AM a life-long Democrat!

    April 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Patty Patriot

    The 'fringe element' would be things like this granholm who have destroyed the great state of Michigan!

    April 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. johnnyhouse

    I know the people of Michigan are suffering for jobs and just plain trying to survive.Do you really want the country to take advice from your government officials on how to run the rest of the country and who to watch out for concerning your well being?

    April 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. bill

    Way to deflect attention from Michigan's 14.1% unemployment rate, still highest in the nation. Awesome accomplishment, Gov.

    April 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Chris

    A political minority – no matter how loud, angry, and obnoxious they get – is still just a minority

    April 24, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    There's nothing wrong with the "fringe" on either side. It's a little like California: it belongs over there, and it's a good thing.
    Fringe groups will always be voted down.
    Freedom does not include thought control by legislation.
    What's bad is the absence of thinking.
    Actually, Gov. Granholm's thinking makes me ponder what she might do in a number of situations, were she on the Supreme Court.
    We should all think about that...
    Control our thinking, hmmm...

    April 24, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    "Fringe Element"? She is being nice and professional. I don't have to be. They are the Idiots of the Tea Party. They are the racist arm of the Tea Party. They are the ones that would do harm to another simply because their views differ from those of the extreamist arm of the Tea Party and they take their marching orders from fools like Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and others.

    April 24, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. johnnyhouse

    Palin and Beck do not speak for me and I sure as the devil do not favor the left thinking that is destroying this country. Your country is disolving under the debt that has been put on you and your children and you worry about trivial things such as the teaparty.

    April 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Dave Harris

    Everybody worries about the Timothy McVeigh types but so far he's been the only example of this (at least for domestic terrorists). If you start being afraid of all those gun nuts who live in broken down trailers in rural Michigan and imagine they're waging war for Jesus, you've elevated them to an importance they don't deserve. True, many of them are racist Nazi's who are gunning for Obama, but the Secret Service can take care of that.

    April 24, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. MCD

    TPers confuse me. They are against Big Govmt... where were they when Bush grew the govmt by leaps and bounds? They are against more taxes... actually our current tax rate is rather low compared to rates in the past.

    The original TPers were not against the govmt but rather the East India Company that wanted a lock on all imports and persuaded the English Govmt to tax only tea from other companies. Therefore, the Boston TPers were really against subsidizing BIG BUSINESS!

    Now that, I can get behind!

    April 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Digger – "why don't you say anything about the fringe on the left. They have caused more trouble than any others." really? That's quite the straw man argument Digger. The vast majority of death threats after passage of the HC bill were received by Democrats by people with extreme right wing views. The people showing up to rallies with machine guns are all right wing gun nuts. The violent rhetoric is coming almost exclusively from the right wing. But keep trying to blame the left even if it doesn't jibe with reality.

    April 24, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Denna

    Govenor Granholm is absolutely correct. The Tea Partiers are actually the KKK with a new name and without wearing the bedding. These same people sat by like drooling, brain-dead sheep while Bush decimated this country and NOW they're mad. Too little to late I'd say. If you idiots had risen up and demanded true "conservative" values, President Obama probably would not have been elected. Oh wait, never mind. THANKS for swallowing the Bush Koolaid. That made it possible for the rest of us to awaken from our complacent slumber and elect a REAL president. Thanks again!! 🙂

    April 24, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Jon, MI

    So this is what she does when she's not fixing her state's economy, she goes on TV to talk about the national debate. Governor, shut up and do the job you were elected to do.

    April 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Dan J

    There's a fringe element on both sides. And they're both dangerous.

    April 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Nanette

    We spent 8 years with a Bush who gave us warrentless wire tapping on Americn citizens, took us from a surplus to a never ending deficit, lied us into a uneccesary war, oversaw a huge redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy and now that we have a black president, you want to scream foul? Where were the tea baggers 6 years ago when our country was falling into the abyss? This is why the sane americans don't buy what you guys are selling.

    April 24, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Nanette

    We spent 8 years with a Bush who gave us warrentless wire tapping on American citizens, took us from a surplus to a never ending deficit, lied us into a uneccesary war, oversaw a huge redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy and now that we have a black president, you want to scream foul? Where were the tea baggers 6 years ago when our country was falling into the abyss? This is why the sane americans don't buy what you guys are selling.

    April 24, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Peter

    its funny to notice that since the tea party which started once the President was sworn in, i have barely given much thought to bin laden and his hatred of America...in all honesty im the most scared of the gun carrying tea partiers...and their blatant hate and disregard for our duly elected govt officials...these are haters and in my opinion unpatriotic...you can disagree with the president but to try to over throw ur govt....

    April 24, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Andrew

    Ideas that were previously deemed batsh#$ crazy and only seen in chain emails are now getting national news coverage.

    I'd say she is spot on.

    April 24, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Mickey, NY

    I think the FBI should be paying these people a visit.

    Maybe the FBI is already tapping their phone lines under provisions of The Patriot Act that these morons wanted so badly...talk about irony!

    If I were a teabagger, I'd be careful what I talk about on the phone...they are listening....hear that crackle?

    April 24, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Chase

    "unacceptable " views???!!! What the heck? Last I checked we have a freedom of speech in this country. Regardless of political alignment, doesn't the voice of EVERY citizen have a right to be represented? This lady is more dangerous than these "unacceptable" voices because her ideas undermine the basic foundation of this country

    April 24, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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