Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?
August 27th, 2012
07:26 AM ET
9 years ago

Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Is the tea party changing the Republican Party from the inside - or selling out to the GOP?

As Republicans prepare to officially roll out Mitt Romney as their party's presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention this week, major tea party groups and figures have descended on Tampa, Florida, to schmooze with party bigwigs and rally for Romney.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Convention • Tea Party
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  1. The Other Dale

    Have they sold out? It's an artificial group made up of a handful of deluded people who think dress-up will cause political change and financed by rich, white people trying to push a ultra-right-wing agenda without scaring the poor off by saying the nasty word "Republican." There was never anything to sell-out in the first place.

    August 27, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Under the stimulus, taxes became the lowest in 50 years. The tea party outrage was always about a group of people who did not want a black president, and their hate was fueled by the Kochs and Fox foreign media.

    August 27, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. Don

    YES – but wasn't that the plan all along? They played a lot of elderly poor and middle class voters into voting against their own interests. "Keep your government hands off my Medicare!"

    August 27, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The national debt, under Bush, went up to $12 trillion (including the unfunded wars, TARP, unfunded drug programs, and unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy) and not a peep from these tea fools. They have managed to elect a bunch of morons who have no love for our country, who have disrupted government, are responsible for our lowered debt rating, and take pride in dividing our country.

    August 27, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |

    Who in their right mind would name their kid. Mitt ,no wonder he's so wierd!!!!

    August 27, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    They haven't sold out. They were bought out lock, stock and barrel by the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove. Once their money started pouring in to the Tea Party coffers, the TPers had no choice but to toe the line drawn by their masters.

    August 27, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. onlyfacts61

    Tea Party supporter = Faux News zombie = misinformed American = votes against own best interests = we all get screwed

    August 27, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    You"re joking, right? Anyone with more than two active brain cells has know all along that the TP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the rethugliban party and fully funded by the rethugliban party's shadow owners, the koch brothers.

    August 27, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I think you have it backwards. The Republican Party is now known as the Grand Old Tea Party.

    I thought Rience Preibus' remark over the weekend was classic conservative lie and deny when he spoke about the party's convention platform. He said the platform is not a reflection of Mitt Romney's views and not pay to much attention to it. Who's he kidding?

    August 27, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Sold out? Are you serious? The tea baggers have taken over the rethuglican party. Between them and the birthers, they can't get much more nuttier.

    Come on cnn, is the new Faux Noise channel? You can tell me.....

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 27, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    .........long time ago.

    August 27, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |

    The Tea Party has always been part of the republican party. They just happen to be the extremists of the party and gave themselves a name once the President was sworn into office.

    August 27, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |