Tea Party: Warming or Resigned to Mitt Romney

By: Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
By: Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Denver, CO (AP) - Tea party activists long skeptical of Mitt Romney are either warming up to the GOP presidential front-runner or reluctantly backing him after giving up on finding a candidate they like better.

Whatever the reason, the former Massachusetts governor who scored back-to-back wins in Florida and Nevada now is picking up larger shares of the tea party vote than he did when the Republican nomination fight began.

The movement has influence early on, forcing candidates to parrot its language and promote its agenda of restrained spending.

But the coalition was fractured and plagued by infighting. It also watched as all of its preferred candidates fell out of favor or left the race. The remaining candidates have attributes tea partyers like but also face huge hurdles. The leaves them with Romney.


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  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    The Republican Party is the party of common people with a chip on their shoulder, nursing a grievance, and full of resentment. And their puppeteers.
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      by Little Gerry on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to Gerry
      Can't get much bigger than yours and Obama's chip
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      by Funny.... on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM in reply to Gerry
      You just described the black community and it's puppeteer, the NAACP.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:17 PM in reply to Funny....
        and the chief puppet Obama
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:16 AM
    Guess yesterday's results say no
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:09 AM
    I have Tea Party leanings and I must say I am NOT resigned to Romney. In fact, if Santorum keeps coming I will be voting for him in the primary here. With that said, however, if Romney is the nominee to run against Obama, I would have absolutely no choice but to vote for Romney. He would definitely be the better of the two for America.
  • by Frank on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:33 AM
    It does not matter. We are removing obama, not a President. A President does not try with malice and forethought to do everything possible to purposely tear down the very nation that took 400 some odd years to build. Whoever the Republicans choose, is my candidate. There is no such thing as the lesser of two evils here. obama IS the evil and has proven it.
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      by Gerry on Feb 7, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to Frank
      This is a hilarious post, starting with the malice and forethought. The expression is malice aforethought. Tear down? Evil? That's funny, over-the-top stuff.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:33 AM in reply to Gerry
        No it's not... He is either evil or dumb beyond belief.
  • by Gerry on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    I see where Obama flip flopped and is now taking money from super PACs funded by the Democratic one percenters. All the millionaire Democrats funding the millionaire President all the while bashing the minority millionaire Republicans as greedy. Democrat Party is the party of millionaires.
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      by Gerry on Feb 7, 2012 at 01:23 PM in reply to Gerry
      Do you have a source for your information that the Dem Party is the party of millionaires? Master Reginald Romney is a Republican and is worth a quarter of a billion dollars.
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      by Gerry on Feb 7, 2012 at 01:31 PM in reply to Gerry
      I'm guessing that if your crowning intellectual achievement is duplicating another's handle, you don't share that info with your wife or girlfriend, or even have a wife or girlfriend, for that matter.
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        by Gerry's boyfriend on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to Gerry
        If more than two people are millionaires and belong to the democratic party, it is the party of millionaires. 1) B. Obama. 2) M. Obama.
  • by just do it on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    Anybody but OweBummer.... I'd take an escapee from an insane institution over him.
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      by Tom on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:19 PM in reply to just do it
      Sounds like you're just the person. Go for it lame brain!
  • by Romney or Obama? Location: Open mindville on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    How many Romney supporters would be willing to change to Mormonism. Romney is an ordained Bishop. Look under Romney's hood and get to know what his beliefs are. THEN, maybe he's not your man afterall. Give Obama another look. He's a Christian who's given a public profession of faith in Christ many times and who follows Christ's teachings in his policies to the poor and middle class, environment, etc..
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      by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 05:45 PM in reply to Romney or Obama?
      For 20 years, he sat under the Rev. Wright, who spewed racism and anti-American hatred from the pulpit. He only severed the relationship when it became embarassing and inconvenient.
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      by Moe Howard on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:04 PM in reply to Romney or Obama?
      aka...black liberation theology.
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        by Curley Howard on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:12 AM in reply to Moe Howard
        Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:55 PM in reply to Romney or Obama?
      Obama Christian? Why did he list Islam as his religion when he applied to college? Seems that his choice of religion is a matter of convenience for Barry. Romney's faith is what it has always been. Have you ever lived in a Mormon community? Do you know that these people would find you a job if you needed it and not ask what religion you are? If you were hungry, needed clothing or help? That sounds like some of the principles of Christianity. It's not the ceremony it is the act of humanity that is important.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:43 PM
    Tea Party better change their name as Mormons don't drink tea, (caffeine).
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      by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:52 AM in reply to
      that's why we don't consider mitt one of us....haha
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    Tea Party cretins: You will obey and vote for the $250 million dollar man, Master Reginald Romney.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:52 AM in reply to Gerry
      you don't know Jack
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    mitt newt obama...... same politics with different hair
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