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February 3rd, 2010
09:31 PM ET

Welcome to the Tea Party: To hug or not to hug?

Governor Charlie Crist is hugged by President Obama at a town hall meeting February 10, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Governor Charlie Crist is hugged by President Obama at a town hall meeting February 10, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida.

By Jim Acosta, CNN

To hug or not to hug?

That's the question facing Florida's Republican voters. The answer could have national implications for the Tea Party movement.

In the white-hot GOP primary battle between Governor Charlie Crist and former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the hug is the big issue.

In case you haven't heard – last year, the governor briefly hugged President Obama at a stimulus town hall meeting in Florida. Tea Party activists in the state immediately cried foul and began moving in droves to Rubio in the race.

Does Crist regret the hug? Does he still defend his support of the stimulus? Yes. And yes. To the governor, it's all about civility in politics. Tea partiers or no tea partiers.

Would Rubio hug Obama? Watch our second part of "Welcome to the Tea Party" – "Florida showdown," Thursday on American Morning.


Filed under: Politics • Welcome to the Tea Party
February 3rd, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 2/3/2010

Editor's Note: Wednesday’s American Morning audience shared varied opinion about the growing Tea Party movement. As the party hosts its convention this weekend, some expressed fear of the new organizers, while others believe the Tea Party would be the third contingent to emerge in our electoral system.

  • Susan: The T Party Movement – You will find out if you investigate that these people are racist people who are mad because Obama has gotten in as President. Please investigate these people. Myself, I feel they are an offshoot of the militia and the KKK. They are hiding their identities more so they can penetrate the government. These people are very negative and want to be destructive to the Government and our freedom. Please, please investigate these groups out here that pretend to be for the Government. They are angry mobs who at the chance would try to kill Obama if they could. They are very scarrrrry to our nation. Please DIG DEEPER. I also feel that this is why some of those republicans are against Obama. Underneath they believe in the T party doctrine. It's awful.
  • Doug: LOOKS LIKE IN THE FUTURE CANIDATES MAY HAVE A T BESIDE THEIR NAME, INSTEAD OF AN I, OR A D, OR AN R, NOW IT MAY HAVE A T; THE TEA IS BEING TAKEN OVER FOR MONEY, THAT DID NOT TAKE LONG.
  • Sandra: I love how you guys can't wait to hop on the Tea Parties (a 3 part series?) but have you reported on the HEAD of the UN Climategate refusing to step down even though his "proof" of melting glaciers in the Himalayans is from hikers? LOL!!! It's no wonder I never watch CNN anymore and only found out about your 3 part series as I accidentally flipped channels past yours. You know...what you fail to realize is the Tea Party movement is not about some guy wanting for profit and others not. It's about things like, oh say, a multi-TRILLION dollar budget while a gazillion people poof out carbon all over the place going to Copenhagen on our tax dollar. Too funny. And how come we never hear about GE's bonuses? When you realize you've made a giant mistake hopping on the Global Warming boat, how are you going to get off and still maintain face? Tea Parties are the least of your worries.

What do you think of the Tea Party movement? Continue the conversation here.


Filed under: We Listen
February 3rd, 2010
01:00 PM ET

SIDS linked to brain chemical

There may be a link between the brain chemical serotonin and babies who die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Our Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the report.


Filed under: Health
February 3rd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Abduction or misunderstanding in Haitian kids case?

A judge will meet today with some of the Americans who were arrested for trying to illegally take 33 Haitian children out of that country.

There's still no decision as to whether they'll be charged with attempted child trafficking.

Christopher Schmidt, an attorney who specializes in international kidnapping cases, joined us on Wednesday's American Morning to discuss the case.

Read more: Pastor: Court hearing set for Americans held in Haiti


Filed under: Haiti
February 3rd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Just how safe are we when we fly?

The NTSB ruled Tuesday that the pilot of Continental Flight 3407 pulled on the plane's control column when he should have pushed – leading to the deadly plane crash near Buffalo that killed 49 people on board and one on the ground.

A year later, federal officials have also ruled that mistakes made by the Continental flight's first officer and inadequate training by its regional carrier contributed to the crash.

To discuss airline safety we were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board; and Michael Goldfarb, former chief of staff for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Read more: Pilot error caused 2009 crash near Buffalo, NTSB rules


Filed under: Airline safety
February 3rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Memo to the President: Tackling terrorism tougher in 2010

Top officials from five U.S. intelligence agencies believe al-Qaeda is certain to attempt an attack on America by the summer.

And while we've heard plenty of tough talk from the White House when it comes to tackling terrorism, there's a big difference between resolve and results. Our Barbara Starr reports with this memo to the president.

Related: Officials: Terror try 'certain'


Filed under: Terrorism • White House
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