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September 13th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Fact-checking the statements made at last night's CNN/Tea Party debate

Bill Adair and his team from PolitiFact spent a great deal of time after the CNN/Tea Party debate last night fact-checking some of the claims and statements made by the candidates. Adair joins Ali Velshi today to share their results and to rank the falsity of the assertions using PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • Tea Party
September 13th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

CNN's Gloria Borger and Ron Brownstein break down Tea Party debate

This morning on American Morning, we're breaking down the CNN/Tea Party debate.

Eight GOP hopefuls facing off on everything from jobs to immigration to health care. And it was contentious even early on.

This morning on American Morning, CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst Ron Brownstein on who came out on top in the debate.

Filed under: 2012 • Tea Party
September 13th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

How did Perry do at last night's GOP debate? Rep. Cannon weighs in

Governor Rick Perry received a great deal of criticism from his fellow GOP candidates last night, taking heat for his stance on Social Security, his HPV vaccination program, and his economic record.

Today on American Morning, Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, who is a Perry surrogate, joins Ali Velshi to discuss the debate and to weigh in on how last night may have affected Perry's campaign.

"Look, when you're the front-runner, everybody picks on you," Cannon says. "I think Governor Perry did a good job of defending his record, standing his ground, and showing the kind of strengths that Americans want from their next president."

Many candidates attacked Perry last night on his history of jobs creation, saying that it is the favorable conditions in Texas that account for the low unemployment rate.

When pressed about this matter, Cannon defended the candidate, saying "Governor Perry made it clear that he didn't create the jobs, the private sector did."

Filed under: Politics • Tea Party
September 13th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Two Tea Party supporters respond to last night's GOP debate

Following last night's CNN/Tea Party debate, many people are weighing in on who made a strong showing, particularly those who were actually in the audience to witness the showdown.

Live from Tampa this morning, Ali Velshi talks with Pat Silleman and Mark Grosenbaugh, two undecided Tea Party supporters who attended last night's debate, about what their impressions were of the candidates.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • Tea Party
September 13th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Who were the winners and losers in last night's Tea Party debate?

At last night's CNN/Tea Party debate, the candidates put frontrunner Rick Perry on defense – especially on an issue they watch closely in Florida – Social Security. Presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum also dug into Perry for his controversial HPV mandate.

The morning after, who are analysts saying were the big winners and losers from last night's debate?

Ali Velshi is live in Tampa this morning with Dana Loesch, founder of the St. Louis Tea Party and CNN contributor, and Alex Castellanos, CNN political contributor to break down last night's CNN/Tea Party debate.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • Tea Party
September 12th, 2011
09:42 AM ET

Tonight's debate highlights Tea Party's political influence

As the 2012 GOP presidential candidates look toward the first ever CNN/Tea Party Republican debate, new CNN/ORC polling indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining his lead in the race for the nomination.

Social Security is certain to be a topic of discussion at tonight's debate, after a battle over the program launched last week between the top two GOP presidential contenders, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

This morning on American Morning, CNN contributors Dana Loesch and Alex Castellanos join Ali Velshi in Tampa to talk about what they'll be looking out for in tonight's CNN debate, and what this debate means for the Tea Party's influence.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Tea Party
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