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CNN, Tea Party Express To Host A GOP Presidential Debate

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The Tea Party Express played a key role in some of the most surprising GOP primary wins in 2012 -- showering early support on Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell and Joe Miller.

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CNN's political director Sam Feist said in a statement that the event will showcase the "diverse perspectives" within the Republican Party, calling the tea party movement a "fascinating, diverse, grassroots force."

Should be quite a show.

Correction: Mark Williams was a frequent guest on CNN but not a CNN "contributor" as this post originally stated. We regret the error.

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