tea party movement http://wfpl.org en McConnell: Tea Party Has Been a 'Good Movement' for Republican Party http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-tea-party-has-been-good-movement-republican-party <p>U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Tea Party has been good for the Republican Party.</p><p>Critics of the Tea&nbsp;Party blame it for costing the GOP the majority in the U.S. Senate the past four years, citing high-profile losses in Delaware, Nevada and Indiana.</p><p>Last week, the leader of the Tea Party in the Senate, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, announced he was leaving to lead a think tank.</p><p>But McConnell says the Tea Party has done something important for the GOP -- it's energized the party.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:35:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 2890 at http://wfpl.org McConnell: Tea Party Has Been a 'Good Movement' for Republican Party Organizers Expect Big Crowd for Tea Party Rally http://wfpl.org/post/organizers-expect-big-crowd-tea-party-rally <p>A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law is expected to draw a big crowd this week.</p><p>The two are expected to rail against the Affordable Care Act, which has been a punching bag for Republican leaders since its passage. Over the past year, Tea Party candidates running in Senate primaries have had impressive victories in Missouri, Indiana and Texas, and McConnell's appearance is being heralded as another sign of the movement's clout.</p><p>Tea Party activist David Adams says the rally will likely receive national attention due to McConnell and Paul’s attendance.</p><p>"The real draw on this are two U.S. Senators being there, so you may see people coming from farther away than just the 20 mile circle around the state Capitol," he says.</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1374 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Confronted With Tea Party Criticism http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-confronted-tea-party-criticism <p>Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is defending his leadership role against conservative critics.</p><p>Later this month, McConnell will join fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in the state Capitol. The two are expected to discuss President Obama&rsquo;s health care law, which has been a punching bag for GOP leaders since its passage.</p><p>But observers have noted that McConnell has been at odds with the Tea Party movement since its launch three years ago.</p><p>Speaking with WHAS radio host Mandy Connell on Tuesday, McConnell said he has addressed Tea Party groups before and their support is important to have.</p><p>&quot;My view is the Tea Party is an important part of the conservative base. If you look at my record leading the opposition to the president over the last three and a half years, I&rsquo;ve got a lot of support among Tea Party members and I don&rsquo;t view this as a potentially hostile experience,&quot; he says.</p><p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1244 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Confronted With Tea Party Criticism Paul Addresses Criticism, Death Threats Over Romney Endorsement http://wfpl.org/post/paul-addresses-criticism-death-threats-over-romney-endorsement <p>U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., has received harsh criticism from his base over his <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-endorses-mitt-romney">recent endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney</a> in the fall election.</p><p>Earlier this month, Paul announced his support for Romney despite the fact that his father&mdash;Congressman Ron Paul&mdash;is still pursuing delegates. Since the endorsement, vocal Tea Party activists have accused Sen. Paul of betraying the so-called liberty movement that brought him to office.</p><p>He has also received death threats but <a href="http://youtu.be/FNWOkGBFYyw">dismissed what he calls a small group of &ldquo;Internet extremists&rdquo; </a>who are preaching violence against his family.</p><p>&quot;The people that are over the top and even making death threats on the Internet, I hope they are not serious, but they are a small number of people making a disproportionate number of the comments,&quot; <a href="http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/jun/19/rand-paul-weathers-endorsement-storm/">Paul told <em>The Washington Times</em></a>. &quot;A lot of those people may not even vote or may not have voted for my father. They don&rsquo;t represent the majority of the people that support what we&rsquo;re fighting for.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:33:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 706 at http://wfpl.org