WASHINGTON – A leading Republican Party figure says tea party-backed congressional candidates who win elections Tuesday will consider themselves part of the GOP when they come to Washington.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour noted in a nationally broadcast interview that candidates such as Senate hopeful Rand Paul in Kentucky ran under the Republican banner, and had started out as Republicans.
Interviewed with Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine on NBC's "Today" show, Barbour said that if tea party-backed candidates had run as independents, "that would have been Tim Kaine's fondest dream," because it would have divided the conservative vote.
Kaine said he's optimistic Democrats can keep both the House and Senate, but acknowledged the House is "an uphill battle
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Answer by kittieashy at 5:24 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
Third party candidates are victims of America's bipartisan monopoly, rarely able to step from the Repub's and Dem's shadows to make their case to the American public.
I agree with this. I would hope, those who are elected in, stand their ground on fiscal issues and don't vote the R line that go against fiscal issues. 'Cause face it.. The R's have A LOT of work to do, to prove themselves fiscal conservatives..
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:30 PM on Nov. 2, 2010
Wait, the TPM isn't compromised of a bunch of non partisan, middle class, diverse Americans who just want to take our country back from the evils of the 2 main political parties? Duh.............................
Paladino-moral and ethical? O'Donnell- fiscally responsible. Angle-looking to protect all citizens, even the aged.
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