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Tea Party will vote with Republicans?

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

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 2:43 PM on Nov. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If Tea Partiers represented people from all parties (or no parties) than why do all Dems hate them and all republicans love them, except moderate Republicans?
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 8:47 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • nd your point is? Did you think they would claim the big gov progressive party?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:12 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • I'm not a fan of what the tea party movement has become, however, as a Libertarian, I can understand why the candidates would run in the Republican Party. 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.
    KelleyP77

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 4:44 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • ?
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 2:54 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • not quite sure what the big deal is. I thought many people knew this.....It's kinda like a "progressive" and a "democrat" IMO and I'd take a Tea Partier over a Progressive ANY DAY!!
    kittieashy

    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..

    grlygrlz2

    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.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 2:56 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


    lol..not even a little bit.


    Same old republican wrapped in tea bags....

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:57 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • .
    tabekat

    Answer by tabekat at 3:27 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • nd your point is? Did you think they would claim the big gov progressive party?

    I knew they weren't seperate as they claimed
    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 4:29 PM on Nov. 2, 2010

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