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2012 presidential debate set for Tampa



Mark your calendars for Labor Day week 2011. That's when CNN and the Tea Party Express will co-host a primary debate among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. According to a news release, the debate will focus on  multiple topics, but the emphasis will be "the issues that matter most to Tea Party Express: the economy and government spending."

Here is an excerpt from the release: “Over the past two years, the American people have engaged in the political process like no other time in history. The Tea Party movement continues to grow and will play an even greater role in the 2012 elections,” said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express. “The debate will give presidential candidates an opportunity to focus on the issues near and dear to the Tea Party and our supporters across the country.”

“The Tea Party Express is a fascinating, diverse, grassroots force that already has drastically changed the country’s political landscape,” said Sam Feist, CNN political director and vice president of Washington-based programming. “Undecided voters turn to CNN to educate themselves during election cycles, so it is a natural fit for CNN to provide a platform for the diverse perspectives within the Republican Party, including those of the Tea Party movement.”

The Tea Party Express is a national tea party organization well known for its national bus tours, support of conservative candidates, and opposition to big-spending liberal politicians.  Tea Party Express will be a dominant force in the tea party movement in the coming months and years, striving to put a spotlight on the critical fiscal issues America faces.


[Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 12:48pm]


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