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February 4th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 02/04/2010

Editor's Note: Jim Acosta’s special series on the Tea Party movement continued to generate heated discussion from Thursday’s American Morning audience. Movement members suggested the values of the Tea Party were not appropriately portrayed by the media, specifically their desire for “fiscal conservatism” and “anti-socialism.” Those opposed to Tea Party values demanded full disclosure of financial backing of the group, accusing them of being “bankrolled” by “corporate America.”

  • Charlotte: wow you still dont get it. tea party people want fiscal conservatism the most! charlie Crist is Not . he also wants amnesty. tea partiers Do not! Rubio is our man! i never before was interested in politics. after seeing our country gotoward socialism i am interested now and Rubio is the best man for the job its funny that Crist seems as arrogant as Obama–maybe thats why they shook hands for twenty seven seconds! we are organized- tea partiers have learned from ACORN!!
  • Linda S.: where was this tea party movement when the clinton admin. handed bush a trillion $+ balanced budget and within a year after bush stole the white house he & his cronies created a approx. 864 billion $ deficit & it kept growing & growing (mostly because of the tax cuts for the richest 1% and the illegal Iraq invasion/occupation).
  • Bill: The Tea Party movement would have us believe that the federal government should have taken no action to counteract the recession. They are poorly informed and dead wrong. The country would be in the midst of a second great depression if the government hadn't taken the steps it did. Were the policies perfect? No, but they are infinitely better than the do-nothing suggestions of the Tea Party.
  • Eva: Let's have some balance about the Tea Party. The truth is that it is bankrolled by Koch Industries who are protecting corporate America. So all those folks who are screaming about big government spending are supporting the same greed that gave us the Wall Street debacle. Besides, the tea party folks have revealed themselves to be racist and hateful. I have no respect for that kind of name calling and dirty politics.

How do you feel about the Tea Party movement in the U.S.? Continue the conversation here.


Filed under: We Listen
February 4th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

How could the Tea Party change Washington?

As part of our special coverage, "Welcome to the Tea Party," the best political team on television will be tracking the convention in Nashville all this weekend.

What does the Tea Party want to accomplish? Who are its members? And what do they mean for the future of American politics?

Our independent analyst John Avlon joined us on Thursday's American Morning along with our Jim Acosta, who's been covering the Tea Party movement extensively.


Filed under: Politics • Welcome to the Tea Party
February 4th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Group calls for regular Q&A between president & Congress

There's a growing call from a group of political pros for the president and Congress to air their differences in regular, televised question-and-answer sessions.

The group is using President Obama's exchange with Republican leaders last week as a model. Two people behind the movement joined us on Thursday's American Morning.


Filed under: Politics • Welcome to the Tea Party
February 4th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
February 4th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Tired pilots pressured to fly?

Investigators sketched out a terrifying scene at a hearing on last year's deadly plane crash near Buffalo, New York.

A combination of inattention, confusion and incompetence caused a plane with 49 people on board to literally fall from the sky. And now we're learning the airline that operated that flight may not be doing everything it can to make sure pilots are on top of their games.

Our Allan Chernoff has been following this story for over a year and has the latest.

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


Filed under: Airline safety
February 4th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Woman dies in speeding Toyota

Millions of Americans who drive Toyotas are asking the same question this morning – is it safe to get behind the wheel?

Toyota service centers are jammed. Customers with recalled cars are trying to get sticky accelerator pedals repaired. But some safety experts say an electrical malfunction – and not those pedals – is the real problem.

Our Deborah Feyerick has the story of a Michigan family that's looking for some answers after losing a loved one in a non-recalled Toyota crash.

Full Coverage: Toyota Recall


Filed under: Transportation
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