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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
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  1. mike-sey

    More Congressional Q and A's with this president would probably be useful. It's doubtful they would have helped much with the last one.

    I'm also hearing a lot of commentary holding up the Parliamentary Question Period in Britain and Canada as possible models. But as someone who has experience with the Canadian model , it is hardly an antidote to excessive partisanship, more often producing heat than light.
    In practice, it is usually a forum for manufactured outrage, boiler-plate Questions and responses, evasions, spin and outright distortion for an hour each day. Occasionally it works to produce new information but generally it provokes appalled letters to the editor urging Members of Parliament to behave themselves and stop acting like KinderGarten Kids.
    The media love it but their reporting usually just adds to the cacaphony and keeps the pot of conflict and controversy boiling.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  2. Bob

    These tea party racists have to much time on there hands, do something constructive instead of tearing someone down, there is no revolution period, palin what a idiot speaker to have just goes to show you what kind of people are behind this garbage

    February 5, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  3. Bob

    Eva has said it best, stop calling our president hitler, these people that say this stuff are nothing but racists period plain and simple

    February 5, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  4. Bob

    We all need to boycott carnival cruise lines, i have cruised with them many times, but now it has ended never again, because of the tea party garbage they let happen on there lines

    February 5, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  5. Bob

    Good for Tim for believing what he does and saying it, he is a great man,

    February 5, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  6. Bob

    It is very obvious that this tea party garbage is a bunch of racists, i can see it why can't you There right wing racists, just listen closely what they say,I am a white independent and i can't believe people like this live among us.
    There totally unamerican racist people who have no business getting this platform, why does cnn give it to them.

    February 5, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  7. eva carter

    The 'Tea Party' claims to be for Our Father in Heanen and His Son Jesus Christ, however, all I hear is hate, fear, mongering and hate.
    Our president may not be perfect, but he has some good ideas, if people would just listen and not be driven by stiff necked reasons that don't even make sense.

    Please American's think before you make claims of hate for our president and his administration. Just a year and a half ago we had
    the worst president and administration that we have ever had, and frankly the republican party and the democrates that have been in office are not trying to make changes that we need.

    Think about this, Obama wants to fight the same old politics that got us into this mess of a government , run by big business and big government, and the Tea Party is playing right into their hands and believing their lies and cheating. Big business is as crooked as they can be and don't give a heck about the poor and the middle class.

    Keep in mind, that Obama, just wants the rich and big business to pay their way and pay taxes that we pay. It is only fair, and what happeded to fairness, anyway, or have you all developed so much hatred and ignorance of the facts that you can't think for yourselves.
    Give me a break calling our president Hitler is horrible.

    February 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  8. robinsoncom

    Tea Party is the real deal and the fact that it is controlled BY THE PEOPLE is the strength. The fact that there is debate over foreign policy is excellent! The single unifying factor is the low-tax, low-spend, pro-Constitution position of ALL who call themselves part of the Tea Party movement.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm |