May 27th, 2014
09:09 PM ET

Scandal plagues Tea Party's 'next Ted Cruz'

Can the Tea Party's "next Ted Cruz" rebound?

In Mississippi, Chris McDaniel, the candidate often called the "next Ted Cruz" was supposed to be the Tea Party's best hope to bring down a GOP incumbent.

Sen. Thad Cochran, a quiet pragmatist facing re-election challenge

But now his campaign is wrapped up in a bizarre scandal.

Nasty Senate race digs deeper in the mud

Dana Bash is OutFront from Biloxi, Mississippi with the story.

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Filed under: News • Politics • Tea Party
May 22nd, 2014
03:59 PM ET

Is the Tea Party over after a string of defeats?

Is the Tea Party over?

It looked that way Tuesday night. After making a lot of noise throughout the campaign, not a single Tea Party candidate survived Senate and House primary races.

Republican voters overwhelmingly chose candidates endorsed by the GOP establishment.

Kentucky was the most notable race, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell crushed tea party favorite Matt Bevin.

How Mitch McConnell crushed the tea party

It was a similar story in Idaho, where eight-term Congressman Mike Simpson beat out a challenger from the far-right.

Wehby addresses stalking accusations, says Dems engaged in 'politics of personal destruction'

Same with Oregon - the support of the GOP establishment pushed Dr. Monica Wehby to defeat a more conservative candidate.

In Georgia, the mainstream's top two senate candidates emerged from a crowded field, beating out Tea Party candidates to qualify for a July run-off.

OutFront, CNN Political Commentator Ben Ferguson and Bill Burton, former Obama deputy press secretary, debate the future of the Tea Party.

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Filed under: News • Politics • Tea Party
March 6th, 2014
08:16 PM ET

GOP preaches to the base at CPAC: "I don't see this great divide," Ryan says

Where did the Republican party gone wrong?

A lot of different theories from a lot of big name Republicans at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC - the largest annual gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

Here are a few:

"We have to stop letting the media define who we are and what we stand for," Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said.

CPAC: 'Republican leaders preach the gospel to the faithful'

"Conservatives can't afford or expect to win elections by default. We need to win elections with a mandate," Sen. Mike Lee (R-TX) said.

"We put our head down, we stood for nothing and we got walloped." Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said.

"The way the left tells it, the Republican Party's in this big massive civil war. It's Tea Party versus establishment versus libertarians vs social conservatives. There's infighting, conflict, backbiting, discord. Look, I'm Irish. That's my idea of a family reunion. I don't see this great divide in our party. What I see is a vibrant debate," Paul Ryan said.

OutFront: CNN Political Commentators Cornell Belcher and Ana Navarro.

Filed under: GOP • News • Tea Party
November 6th, 2013
08:29 PM ET

Rep. Steve King to Christie: Come to Iowa and we'll see for 2016

The tea party had a very bad election night.

Two big losses, including the Virginia governor's race and a runoff election in Alabama against a Republican establishment candidate.

5 things we learned from Election Night 2013

Has the tea party lost its power?

There are many in the Republican party who hope so, and think a dying Tea Party will allow the GOP to win a national race.

OutFront: Tea Party favorite, Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

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What Tea Party? Senate leaders hint at possible shutdown deal
October 14th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

What Tea Party? Senate leaders hint at possible shutdown deal

Was the tea party pushed out?

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Top Senate leaders say they are optimistic that a deal is in sight, and they seemed to do it without the help of House Republicans.

OutFront: Executive Editor of the Daily Beast John Avlon, Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer, and Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen.

Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown • News • Politics • Tea Party
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