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Tea Party Mixed on 2012 WH Support

Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 06:04 PM

By Gary Cohen

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The Tea Party movement has not yet thrown its weight behind any of the Republican presidential candidates, emphasizing it does not have the 2008 vice presidential nominee to run with for the Oval Office in 2012, reports Politico.

tea, party, palin"We don't have the female Ronald Reagan running - and that's Sarah Palin," Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer tells Politico.

"We haven't engaged in presidential politics yet because the movement hasn't coalesced around anybody, so we're just sitting back and waiting," adds Kremer.

She predicts a majority of conservatives will not decide who they're going to back until they show up at the primaries and caucuses.

Palin is described by Kremer as, "the only person out there right now that can truly excite the base."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are sitting atop the latest polls, but Kremer does not believe the GOP nomination competition is just a two-candidate race.

"I think it's possible that Rick Perry could come back. I also think Michele Bachmann could rise back up," Kremer points out.

Despite Kremer's remarks, she has not emerged as the single voice of the movement when it comes to backing candidates.

This week, former Tea Party favorite and Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell endorsed Romney and her fellow Tea Party member, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley got on board the Romney campaign.


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