September 15, 2010
NPR’s Mara Liasson talks with David Greene about the role of the Tea Party movement heading into the midterms.
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I’m Melissa Block.
DAVID GREENE, host:
And I’m David Greene.
The results are now in. Yesterday we saw the last big primary night heading into this fall’s midterm elections. And if there’s one takeaway from the candidates now heading into general election races, its this: the Tea Party movement is a force to be reckoned with.
In Delaware, Tea Party conservative Christine O’Donnell defeated Republican Mike Castle, a popular, long-time congressman. And the news today out of New Hampshire has Kelly Ayotte winning a very close Republican primary. She was not the Tea Party favorite, but she did have the endorsement of Sarah Palin. I’m quite confident that NPR’s national political correspondent Mara Liasson can make sense of all of this for us. Thank you for being here Mara.
MARA LIASSON: I certainly hope so. I’ll try.
GREENE: Well, we’ll try.
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GREENE: So, what happened in this New Hampshire Senate primary and what does it tell us about the role of the Tea Party movement as we crank things up and head into the November midterms?