Monday, June 27, 2011

"Who is the Tea Party candidate for president?" -

Tea Party Leaders Look to Bachmann, Paul and Perry - - Kate Zernicke, June 27, 2011:

"Who is the Tea Party candidate for president? If a gathering of about 100 Tea Party leaders in Washington on Monday gives any indication, it’s Representative Michele Bachmann (who just announced her candidacy), with Representative Ron Paul and Gov. Rick Perry vying for a close second....

"Leaders from Tea Party groups in about 40 states gathered in the Washington offices of FreedomWorks, the libertarian advocacy group that cultivated the Tea Party movement....

"A (completely unscientific) voice-vote straw poll ... found almost no support and even a few groans for Sarah Palin; loud boos drowning out a handful of cheers for Mitt Romney; nays for Jon M. Huntsman Jr.; and support but dismissals that 'he can’t win' for Herman Cain.... Mrs. Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, seemed to do best among women in the room, while Mr. Perry did best among men, and Mr. Paul, also of Texas, did best among younger people in the room.

"But there was a lot of loud applause for the final candidate: 'undecided.' And there was a lot of debate after the straw poll about whether Tea Party supporters should back the Republican nominee, regardless of whom they support now."

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