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September 2nd, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Tea Party-backed group calls Romney 'poseur,' protests his appearance at Tea Party event

In his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential ticket, Mitt Romney has so far not made much effort in terms of reaching out to the Tea Party. However, this will chance on Sunday when he makes his debut at a Tea Party Express bus tour stop in New Hampshire.

One Tea Party-backed group FreedomWorks – founded by "Tea Party Godfather" Dick Armey – is protesting Romney's appearance, saying they have to defend the Tea Party against "poseurs."

Sarah Palin will also attend a Tea Party event on Saturday, following back and forth drama over whether her or Christine O'Donnell should be on the event's program. Palin will be speaking at the "Restoring America Event" in Indianola, a function that generated national buzz as she approaches a final decision about whether to run for president.

Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks who has been called "one of the masterminds" of Tea Party politics by Newsweek, joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to explain why the group is against Romney's appearance and to weigh in on infighting within the Tea Party.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Politics • Sarah Palin • Tea Party
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