As you can imagine, we are very excited about tonight’s debate. Watch for us in the CNN audience. We’ll be sitting right up front.
Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express sent out this note this morning to the team and TPX supporters:
You should be very proud! It is stunning to think how far the tea party movement has come in just two short years. We have entered a new era in American politics, as conservative and engaged voters have pushed tea party principles of limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility to the forefront.
Tonight is an important milestone in the tea party movement, as eight candidates for president will face-off in an attempt to win the support of you in the tea party! The debate will focus on a wide-range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on issue number one to tea party members and all Americans: the economy. The live broadcast starts tonight, Monday, September 12 at 8 pm (ET)
CNN and the Tea Party Express, along with more than 150 local tea party groups from every state across the country, have teamed up to present a first-of-its-kind debate. The live audience in Tampa, FL is made up of tea partiers from across the country. Questions will be submitted and asked from tea party members in person, as well as at three live watch parties in Arizona, Ohio, and Virginia.
The two-hour event will air live on CNN from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET) from the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Please join in online by submitting your questions for the candidates via comments on CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Politics Facebook page, and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.
The debate will be broadcast live nationally on CNN, CNN International, CNN.com, and CNN Radio. It will also be available via live stream in the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. It will even be broadcast to military bases around the world!