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Democratic National Committee

"Good Week for the Tea Party" +
  1:10 web video from Aug. 15, 2011.


TEXT: This past week was a very good one for the Tea Party

TEXT: First, Mitt Romney articulated their views on fair tax policy

Romney: "Corporations are people, my friend" [8/11/2011]

TEXT: Then at the debate, every Republican candidate for President pledged their allegiance to the Tea Party

FOX News' Bret Baier: I'm going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, ten to one as Byron said - spending cuts to tax increases […] but who on this stage would walk away from that deal? Will you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes you'd walk away on the ten to one deal? […] Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands, they're all saying that they feel so strongly about about not raising taxes that a ten to one deal, they would walk away from - confirming that. [Fox News Debate, 8/11/2011]

TEXT: They dominated the results of the Iowa Straw Poll

Sen. Rand Paul: I think the Tea Party was a big victory here. Think of the two most prominent people who represent the Tea Party - Michele Bachmann's one, Ron Paul's another. Slightly different on some issues, but in large sense, represent the Tea Party [Fox News, 8/13/2011]

TEXT: And another one of their champions decided to throw his hat into the ring

CNN's Candy Crowley: Rick Perry, he's just come into the race, Governor of Texas, also a Tea Party favorite [CNN, 8/14/2011]

TEXT: GOP 2012: Putting the ideology of the Tea Party first  [DNC Disclaimer].

Notes: From the press release:

“Without a doubt last week was a good week for the Tea Party,” said DNC National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell.  “There now is no question that the Republican presidential candidates, and Washington Republicans, are taking their cues from their extreme Tea Party base.  All the Republican candidates are embracing policies that would end Medicare as we know it, slash Social Security, and cut funding for education—all this without asking the special interests, millionaires, and billionaires to pay their fair share.  Republicans are putting the extreme ideology of the Tea Party ahead of the interests of the middle class Americans—and that’s not what our country wants.”