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Talking Points Memo: Marco Rubio’s Tea Party problem

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In the midst of Sunday’s heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Marco Rubio a question that surprised many viewers up early on a Sunday to watch the festivities. Wallace read Rubio a viewer email. “‘Ask Marco Rubio why he refuses to be vetted by the Florida Tea Parties. I want to hear from Rubio or I will not vote for him,’” Wallace said. “We got this from a bunch of Tea Parties…

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Talking Points Memo: Marco Rubio’s Tea Party problem

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In the midst of Sunday’s heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Marco Rubio a question that surprised many viewers up early on a Sunday to watch the festivities. Wallace read Rubio a viewer email. “‘Ask Marco Rubio why he refuses to be vetted by the Florida Tea Parties. I want to hear from Rubio or I will not vote for him,’” Wallace said. “We got this from a bunch of Tea Parties…

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NY Times front-page story on Charlie Crist: Florida Republican becomes a right-wing target

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From the NY Times: “Now, as a season of tea parties and fractious town hall meetings has energized the right wing, that embrace has endangered what once seemed like Mr. Crist’s surefire bid for a Senate seat and put Florida at the center of a debate about the future of the Republican Party. Republican pragmatists argue that to take back its majority, the party has to appeal to a broader range of voters, even if it means running candidates who…

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National Journal interviews Marco Rubio about Tea Parties

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Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio got a boost in his bid for the Republican nomination for Florida’s open Senate seat when he was recently endorsed by FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey. Armey, a former House majority leader, and FreedomWorks have tapped into the conservative grassroots, helping to organize what’s now known as the tea party movement. NationalJournal.com recently spoke with Rubio about what kind of relationship he and the Republican Party should have with the tea party movement. Read…

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