'First ever' Tea Party town hall draws senators, reps.
Supporters applaud as the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus gathers for their first meeting January 27, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
February 3rd, 2011
07:24 AM ET
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'First ever' Tea Party town hall draws senators, reps.

Washington (CNN) - Few groups have the clout to convince senators and members of the House to leave Capitol Hill, for a few hours, to personally address their concerns and gripes.

But as the Tea Party movement flexes its political muscle, it appears it has sway with some lawmakers - even as some Americans express reservations about the movement.

On Tuesday, Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah will join Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Iowa Rep. Steve King in what is being billed as a "first-ever Tea Party Town Hall." All four lawmakers are members of their chambers' version of a Tea Party caucus.

The event will put the four Republicans in front of an audience that is expected to be largely friendly, but one that will certainly be very demanding.

In a statement, the Tea Party Express said it is teaming up with TeaPartyHD.com for the event. The lawmakers will talk to, and take questions from, activists sitting in a live audience and from others participating via social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

"The issues we'll be discussing are primarily the tea party ideals of Constitutionally limited government, support for private enterprise, lower taxes, and fiscal responsibility," Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said in the statement.

According to a recent Gallup poll, only 47% of Republicans have a positive view of the Tea Party movement, with 42% saying they do not like it. But the same poll also revealed that nearly 90% of Republicans want lawmakers like Paul, Lee, Bachmann, King and others to give significant weight to Tea Party ideas.

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  1. Clwyd

    Just looking at the picture CNN has to this article tells you that the room was filled with crack pots and nuts from the right. They need to become educated as to the way government runs and the fact that it is suppose to help all Americans not just their narrow distorted views.

    February 3, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. annie s

    It's hard to have a positive view of a group that doesn't even understand what it is protesting against. The Tea Party makes little sense, and its members are frequently uninformed, illogical – and yes, bigoted.

    February 3, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Scot

    The Tea party came out as a "new party" taking in all folks ) democrats,independents, and republicans) but is now just the bully pulpet of the right wing republucan party. Mostly white and mostly from the midwest . While some of their ideals sound great they will be manipulated by the corpoations ( both business and religon ) and by the politicans that see them as a vehicle to succeed. They are not the voice of America !

    February 3, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. kcl

    It's sad that the Tea Party gets any recognition, it's simply a WASP group that is legally getting away with the pre-civil rights ideology.

    February 3, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Dnick47

    Just look at the Tea Party photos to see why many Americans are skeptical of this movement. Its a bunch of old white people having a last fling... the same generation which chanted "Hell No I Won't Go," "Ban the Bra" etc... then burned their draft cards, bras and marched here and there for this and that before getting stoned at Woodstock, NY,,, the very same Dr. Spock cry babies use to getting their way and hendonistist beyond belief....THAT'S WHY.

    February 3, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. chutchin

    Really? Fiscal Responsibility-really? Oh, I guess fiscal responsibility in the same manner as the RNC and their $43 million debt...dream on tea partiers.

    February 3, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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