CNN and Tea Party Express to host first-of-its-kind Tea Party presidential primary debate
December 17th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
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CNN and Tea Party Express to host first-of-its-kind Tea Party presidential primary debate

Washington (CNN) – CNN is teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate, both organizations announced Friday. The Tea Party debate, featuring 2012 Republican presidential candidates, is scheduled for Labor Day week 2011. It will take place in Tampa, Florida – the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Since the spring of 2009, the Tea Party movement has been increasingly vocal in advocating for less government spending, lower taxes and shrinking the deficit. The Tea Party debate will place specific emphasis on those issues.

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer talked to CNN about what activists hope to hear from Republican presidential candidates. "We want to hear what their ideas are – what their thoughts are – on turning this economy back around and getting us on a sound economic footing, paying down some of our deficit, getting a balanced budget, and reining in the spending," Kremer said.

Kremer added, "We've proven ourselves in this last campaign, election cycle of 2010, we're the only Tea Party group that engaged in election activity. And we got involved because we simply believed that if we're going to affect change we're going to do it at the ballot box. And the tea party movement has proven how powerful it is."

Sam Feist, CNN Political Director and Vice President of Washington-based programming said, "The Tea Party movement is a fascinating, diverse, grassroots force that already has drastically changed the country's political landscape."

"Undecided voters turn to CNN to educate themselves during election cycles, so it is a natural fit for CNN to provide a platform for the diverse perspectives within the Republican Party, including those of the Tea Party," Feist added.

The announcement of a CNN-Tea Party Express debate comes three days after CNN announced it is joining with WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader to produce the first 2012 Republican Presidential Primary debate in the "First in the Nation" primary state of New Hampshire. That debate is scheduled to take place on June 7, 2011.

Filed under: 2012 • CNN • Republican • Tea Party Express • Tea Party movement
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  1. PalmReader

    CNN is teaming up with the Tea Party Express for a first-of-its-kind presidential primary debate, both organizations announced Friday.

    Tea party costume recommended or optional?

    December 17, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. love this country are ridculous!

    December 17, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Matilda

    Unbelievable! CNN Has Gone to Trash! You got rid of Larry King. Now you're going the Tea Party Lying Party way! I can barely see you reporting on it..but hosting it.. that's over the edge for a news station. I'm outta here. I don't watch FOX news...and now I won't watch you either. Farewell, CNN you used to be Tops!

    December 17, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. John Richard Petersen

    Joining up with the Tea Party Express? ARE YOU NUTS? You just lost our viewer ship in our home. You might have well have joined up with Fox News. Until we hear an announcement that you are NOT teaming up with the Tea Party we will boycott your channels, your news alerts and your Facebook pages. CNN has gone DESPERATE! There are FOX BOYCOTTS and now there will be CNN BOYCOTTS....a shame.

    December 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Clinker

    "CNN and Tea Party Express to host first-of-its-kind Tea Party presidential primary debate"-This is outrageous! I'm looking for fair and unbiased reporting from my news agency. I was already getting tired of your constant polling the public about what they think on a subject instead of getting an imformative investigative report on what is happening in the world. Now instead of offering a debate that is above bias you go into collusion with one of the most uninformed and biased groups around. Did Fox News buy you out?

    December 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Matilda

    Farewell CNN. First you get rid of Larry King Live! Now you're HOSTING no less the Tea Party Debates. What a waste of MY time. I thought you were a NEWS STATION. Now you're copying FOX NEWS. Just so freaking sad! Good by I'm signing off from ever watching you again!

    December 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Let's hope they have some better candidates than they mounted in the mid term elections.

    December 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. mike

    What tea party? They are all republicans. They are all about social issues now. Biggest scam in America!!!!

    December 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Itsa Circus

    Hmm. The tea party IS the GOP. What kind of 'debate' does CNN putting on here – a softball, publicity tour? Don't tell the whole thing is sponsored by the Koch Brothers too.

    December 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. smee

    tea party, originated in the spring of 2009. What happened in the spring of 2009? Oh ya, America elected a black man to the presidency....... and now, conservative, white America, is ready to take our country back.....from who? These racist morons are a disgrace to America. When they say they want to "take our country back" they really mean they want to send it back to the 1960s when minorities knew their place in society....... when white men could beat their wives and no one would think twice...... when white teenagers could drag minorities behind their cars with a rope, and no one would get in trouble. The wonderful 60s before civil rights and certainly before a black man in the white house was even a possibility...... No thanks tea party. You're the last gasp before old white America is gone forever. Couldn't come soon enough, in my opinion.....

    December 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. NVa Native

    This should be hilarious. The wimps at CNN in their effort to be more marketable will set up a forum for the mad-hatter and his (her) court so they can get their message out.
    Some thing I'll need to watch with my "Jon Stewart sanitizer" so I won't constantly be throwing up in my mouth.

    December 17, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. maire kirk,tampa

    Am delighted CNN will present Tea Party debate,the participants should not be limited to only one political party. Tea Party debate will give the public a well rounded view of many potential candidates,my hope is to see President Obama and Mitch Daniels on the stage along with those youngish guns such as Pence and even Ms Palin.What is the process to get tickets and to submit questions?

    December 17, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    Signs with words spelled incorrectly to be seen outside this "event"

    December 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    WOW!! CNN finnally wakes up and realizes this is FOR REAL. I guess they couldn't deny it any longer. Does this mean Peloser will also apologize for calling them "astroturf"??? I doubt it.

    December 17, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. independent

    If this debate is sponsored by the Tea Party, shouldn't it include Republicans, Independents and Libertarians?

    December 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Simone in Seattle

    Tea Party Express is plant for GOP operatives based in California. They have nothing to do with the real Tea Party movement. Amy Kremer is a willing shill for the amoral gang that runs it. She is the token face of the "grassroots" Every mid-term race they sank money into was a loser – Angle, Miller, O'Donnell. Tea Party Express = astroturf. Old style, top-down political hijackers. The CNN audience may hate the Tea Party movement but don't mistake these clowns as representative of it

    December 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |

    So now cnn will be an extention of Fox news by partnering with the tea party for news coverage regarding lies and misinformation, that,s just wonderfull. You announced it as breaking news like this is such a wonderful thing that you will partner with such a contraversal movement. A party of dummies and bigits. I hope you are proud cnn. a party that wants to beat up on the minorities and the poor. You guys will do anything to grab ratings. Discusting!!! I guess i will be tuning in on msnbc from now on. They are the only news organization left that are about the people and not ratings. Who,s next Glenn Beck???

    December 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. wakeup america

    How stupid is this? CNN used to be reliable and factual. Now it is the new Comedy Network.

    December 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. wakeup america

    How stupid is this? Why give these hate-mongers voice. CNN used to be reliable and factual. Now it is the new Comedy Network.

    December 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. trulib

    I just lot any repect i ever had for CNN.. apearently, nobody told them that you have to elist differing points of view in a debate. Unless you happen to work for Fox of course.

    December 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Mark

    We have Fox as the network of the GOP and now we have CNN as the network of the Tea Party. I've just deleted CNN from my "favorites" list and won't be coming back again.

    December 17, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. liberal lefty

    Could we see a real debate like a town hall bebate

    December 17, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Proud American

    I don't trust the TEA PARTY. never have and never Will.

    December 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Tpartywarrior

    CNN is trying to get some legitimacy back since FOX NEWS is dominating the ratings. Love the posts from liberals here trying to deny this
    We are taking back our country from Socialists/ day at a time.

    December 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Steve

    They are affiliated with the GOP? They're not affiliated? How about CNN? Are ya' all affiliated with journalism or just entertainment? The network that gave rise to Glenn Beck.

    December 17, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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