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September 12th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

Tea Party Express Chair Amy Kremer insists the Tea Party will choose GOP presidential candidate

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Ali Velshi is live in Tampa, Florida ahead of tonight's CNN Tea Party debate.

The debate, being held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, will also give the six other candidates on the stage a chance to change what many are portraying as a two-person race between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Eight candidates are trying to convince the grass roots voters here that they have solutions. And in a CNN poll released this morning we're seeing that among Tea Party voters, Texas Governor Rick Perry is the favorite, getting 38% of voters in our poll.

But will we hear the usual talking points at tonight's debate? Not if Tea Party Express's Amy Kremer has anything to say about it. She joined Ali live this morning to explain what she hopes to hear from candidates.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Tea Party
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
September 1st, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Obama moves jobs speech after Boehner pushes back – is it politics or a gaffe?

The debate over the date of President Obama's jobs speech has given his opponents plenty to run with.

The President hoped to talk to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, the same night as a Republican debate. But House Speaker John Boehner pushed back, and the President backed down, rescheduling the speech on Thursday. Now the President's speech will be up against the NFL's opening night.

Today on American Morning, Politico senior political writer Maggie Haberman and CNN contributor John Avlon look at the implications of the uproar over the scheduling. They also discuss Avlon's latest article for the Daily Beast, looking at why so many people continue to urge New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for President, despite his repeated statements that he isn't interested.

You can read Avlon's article on Christie here.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • President Barack Obama • Tea Party
August 29th, 2011
12:41 PM ET

Tea Party Express gears up for cross-country bus tour

Just as the Republican campaign for the White House is beginning to take shape, the Tea Party Express is heading across the country to try to rally its base.

The group is kicking off a bus tour this weekend in California that will eventually take them to Florida, just in time for the CNN/Tea Party Express GOP presidential debate in September.

Lloyd Marcus, performer on the Tea Party Express tour and Darcy Van Orden, organizer for the Utah Tea Party, weigh in on politics and FEMA's response to Hurricane Irene with American Morning's Carol Costello.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene • Politics • Tea Party
August 3rd, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Tea Party 'terrorists': A look at the use of fiery political rhetoric

Tea Party politicians are up in arms over allegations that Vice President Biden called Tea Party lawmakers "terrorists" during the debt ceiling debate.

Although Biden denies making this comment, the word has been used by several members of Congress and various columnists when describing the debt negotiations.

Today on American Morning, John Avlon, CNN contributor and author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America," joins Carol Costello to discuss the use of this fiery rhetoric in modern politics.

Filed under: GOP • Tea Party
July 13th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Is the Tea Party's influence on GOP holding up a debt deal?

President Obama and lawmakers from both parties will meet again today to try to hammer out a deal on raising the nation's debt ceiling. Republican leaders have refused to consider any tax hikes, and now the President says if there is no deal before the August 2nd deadline, he can't guarantee social security checks will go out on time.

Some say the Tea Party's influence in the GOP may be standing in the way of a compromise.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi talk with Dick Armey, who has been called the "godfather" of the Tea Party. He's a former House Majority Leader and is now the chairman of Freedom Works. He explains why it's important that lawmakers focus on spending cuts during the negotiations.

Filed under: Debt • Debt ceiling • Tea Party
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