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February 4th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Whose Tea Party is it?

  This weekend, Tea Party leaders hold their first national convention in Nashville.  It's being billed as a chance to bring Tea Party leaders from across the country together to network and support the movement's goals.  But not everyone who considers themselves a member is on board.  The Tea Party movement grew out of people's dissatisfaction with spending in Washington from both Republicans, Democrats and independents, and some see the $549 ticket price for the convention as a contradiction to the groups grass-roots beginnings.  Last year's Tea Party Express put the movement on the map, but many believe the tea party is being taken over by the right wing of the GOP.  Has the movement been hijacked?  Tell us what you think.

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  1. Paul Brown

    Why does CNN care about the Tea Party movement. It's not like your going to give it fair coverage.

    Your just going to spout off calling us racist tea baggers because there is no way someone could have an intellectual problem with how President Obama and his hoard of Progressive friends are helping to do great harm to this country.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  2. Andrea Martin

    "Whose" Tea Party is it?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  3. James C. Harwood

    As a moderate centrist, I'm registered as an Independent here in Norman Oklahoma. I've noticed a number of new US political parties pretending to be centrists & moderates but are really far-right radical conservative Republican spin-offs, including the so-called Tea Party. I do not consider them to be an acceptable "third" choice over Democrats and Republicans.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  4. sean

    I want to discuss this for some time with somebody who knows something. Its about the Insurance industry (Auto, Health..) as we know it.

    Insurance takes money from us to give us back in case we meet with an accident and it keeps taking it. After some time we have given so much that we culd purchase a new car from it. Now why is it not a one time pay, a lumsum at the time of purchase of the car? since they can earn interest on it more than the inflation and keep us protected from that money (assuming we don't want to get into an accident every day for our lives or for our beloved car!) . If, I am a safe driver, and love my life like most people, Why my money disappears without giving me any return??? Not capitalism!! Also if we keep paying for it for years, it should be like a policy in which we are putting money in case something happens, we get money from it or in the end when we want to end the policy we get our money back plus the interest minus what we have used and fee. That woudl be fare!! But why just keep giving money because law says so!! and insurance companies love it!!

    Secondly, if we look at insurance this way.... It take money from people, all of us .. and gives it to people who need it in time of emergency and also keep the profit for themselves.....So in essence people are helping other people....and also giving money to insurance companies to pay for employees (jobs for us) and then some, "profit",...which does not profit the people, in essence is taken away from the make laws to keep supporting insurance.... Do you see the socialism and capitalism in it? Capitalism is riding on Socialism! I would consider the isurance policy approach like i stated above to be a true capatalist approach. The one we have is purely socialist! People paying to other people and losing their money!........

    Your thoughts..?

    February 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  5. Parrish jones

    Who cares? Why not cover something thAt matters like the large free health clinics being held by free Health clinics. They're doing something positive and demo exactly why health (insurance) reform is necessary.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  6. janette tx

    Who are the tea party people and what is their REAL agenda?
    Where were these folks during previous administrations?????
    I submit toyou these tea party folks have a Klanlike mentality and
    they listen to the hate mongers such as Rush and Savage and
    Palin.Their agenda is to bring down a President who had the
    audasity to get into the White House(built by slaves) and previ-
    ousley occupied only by white males.I also believe they are the
    desendants of segregationist and of that mentality.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  7. James C. Harwood

    During the election of 2008, there were 169 million people who voted. Of those, 86 million were Democrats, 55 million were Republicans, and 28 million were all others – being the various minor political parties, or simply unaffiliated voters. The Democrats are becoming more inclusive while the Republicans are becoming more exclusive, but both are pushing many members toward the center, where I am as a moderate centrist registered as an Independent here in Norman Oklahoma. The Tea Party is just a radical spin-off of unhappy Republicans. What realistic chance to they really believe they have in getting at least 86 million voters in election 2012 or enough voters to win any future elections? They will only hurt Republicans and cause Democrats to roll on House and Senate floors laughing. Any "third" party that has any hope of winning must attract over 50% of the voters toward the middle from Democrats, Republicans, and even from the Libertarians. To do that and overthrow the empire the middle must form a rebel alliance.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  8. Angie

    Who is the Tea Party?

    In late February or early March 2009 there was an email for Employees of Highmark Blue Cross instructing Employees to sign up at a table set up in the parking lot of the company in Pennsylvania for a Tea party event comming up in April of 2009.

    During the same time Westpoint Blue Cross in ventura country of California was telling their employees the same thing in an email.

    The insurance companies organized and funded the Event. The insurance companies paid Millions of dollars to the Senate Republicans to stop the Reform Bill that would force insurance companies to Stop their old practices of dropping patients and denying life saving procedures from being passed.
    Plus some Senate Republicans also help funded and organize the event.

    Who is in charge of the Tea party? The same people who were given authorization to control our government by the recent Republicans US Surpreme Court Decission giving corporations which are investment foreign owned plus partnered with foreign companies plus some of those companies are foreign government owned.

    In otherwords, What a tangled web The Senate Republicans, The insurance companies, the Republican US Surprem court justices weave When first they practice to decieve!

    And you are all falling for it.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  9. Tally Reed

    What worries me about the Tea Party is that what at first seemed to be a gathering point for citizens worried about government spending has evolved into a hate group that is intent on bringing DOWN the government. I am concerned about politicians and others who lend their support to this group without any criticism about the kinds of extremists who now seem to populate it.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Jim Jankus

    I believe the Tea Party is disorganized, in a state of anarchy, and will never be able to come together to make any useful difference.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  11. Tedd

    The Tea Party is no longer actually a "spontaneous citizens' movement", rather it is being fueled and funded by the health care industry and right wing extremists who are their handmaidens; in addition, the members, who at first included people honestly concerned about government spending, has now been taken over by these right extremists and their agenda to threaten our government's existence. There was a time in recent American history when extremists from the left OR the right were regarded as the dangerous people they can often be–and they were carefully scrutinized. The Tea Party has quickly shifted from being a group of independent libertarian-minded citizens to a group of hate-mongers. Such a quick shift should send up loud warnings that this is NOT a grass-roots movement, but a group that is being backed by funding from very big money that will benefit only the smallest segment of the United States' population. At one point, the people who carried the signs calling for The President's demise in one way or another were claimed to be only a small minority of the Tea Party's members, but increasingly we see that it is those people who are at the center of it. People should be concerned about this.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  12. Jim Jankus

    The Tea Party charging WHAT? $549.00 per ticket!!! Well, that makes it crystal clear who they don't want there and who they do want there! I wonder how many of their own supporters can't afford that and are now being alienated by it. Rich blue book social upper-class snobs who are snubbing some of their own people and everyone else!

    February 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  13. Mikey

    The Tea baggers have been sold to the Gop. It seems that you do not need facts when you address theTea Baggers.Yesterday on Ricks show the Leader of Tea Party Nation tried telling Rick that the Repubs. left this country with a 200 billion dollar deficit when in fact it was 1.2 trillion. (he called him on it for a change)
    The Tea Party thinks America has been asleep the last 9 years. I remember John Mccain blowing off the Letterman show to make sure his fingers were in the bank bailout (remember when he wanted to suspend campaining). I also remember Sarah Palin cheering him on for his contribution in the talks you did not hear her complain about the bailout then. I remember Mcain and Palin being so out of touch telling America the economy was sound as we were losing 600,000 jjobs in Nov. 7000,000 in Dec. and 600,000 in Jan.
    I remember Glen Beck saying that the bail out was the right thing to do and thanking Senator Mccain for his help in crafting it.
    Now the Repubs. are blocking reform that would prevent it from happening again. Where are the baggers on this issue? They are quiet on it because it is not what the lobbyist want them to talk about. I believe the Tea Baggers are being used by the GOP and thier lobbyist to speak only on the talking points that matter to the lobbyist not the people.The Teabaggers do not want you to touch thier Gov't. medicare but do not want the government in anybody elses health care (unless it is abortion rights).I remember G.W. wanting to spend his polictical capitol and privitize social security. Where do the Tea Baggers stand on that?
    The deficits that the tea Baggers are so critical of now did not seem to matter when the Repubs. financed 2 wars and gave a 700000 dollar unfunded drug plan away. All of this on your kids credit card. The Teabaggers are not in much of a hurry to start paying for it now either.
    Sara Palin being mavarickie cheering the Repubs. on .while she is taking the Tea baggers money and buying her own books with it. I believe at some point in time this too will end and the baggers will see they are being used. Buy the way Brown in Mass. voted for Gov. Health care there.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  14. janette tx

    Agree!!! It's really scarey how many folks are"buying in".
    It's spreading like a plague.Wake up people!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  15. Akber Ali

    Tea Party or in near future another Coffee Party – nothing is going to change in this country. It is going to face the same problems that Russia faced.
    American are ill informed people and their only source of knowledge is CNN and Fox News. Unless Americans become humble, accept their mistakes and ask for the forgiveness of God (provided God forgive them) their future is dark.

    February 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  16. Bob

    Come on CNN ask the hard questions. Rick Sanchez was told by the founder of the T-Party that Obama came into office with a budget deceipt in the billions WRONG and good job Rick for informing him of the truth that is was 1.8 Trillion. This fool did not have a clue.

    Now I call on CNN and all other Media that while interviewing these fools at their rally ask the hard questions to them and there are only 3 – 1. What party do you represent 2. What was the budget deceipt when Obama came into office and 3. What is it now. Few if any of these idiots will even know and what a tell all story for TV.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  17. darcy

    Tea whatever are people from the GOP
    They are very angry they lost and are doing all the can to see this President fails...they gov...anti-everything people but hold the bibles close...they take facts twist then into whatever shape that suits them
    Facts are not one of their strong blogs out there once in is ugly to the core
    SURE would not mind IF once just ONCE a reporter would ask real question and when they know the person has not answered ask again
    STOP cutting out....just report
    The country in dire need of facts...and good news once in awhile

    Now...Shelby R- AL has just BLOCKED all 70 nominees that President Obama has appointed..why because SHELBY wants all his ear marks put block on ALL of them

    This must this and ask real question

    Not mad at DON...he is great...just saying

    February 5, 2010 at 2:56 am |
  18. paul

    I watch the tea bagger parades and I read the signs if they were black or hispanic they would be called extremists.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm |