House Republicans Getting Cozier With Tea Party

12/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • October 21,| 3:00 PM Politics Daily

Call it PDA. Keeping a safe distance no more, House Republican leaders are openly embracing the tea party with No. 2 guy Eric Cantor saying he's willing to work closely with new members elected with the support of the movement.

Cantor (R-Va.), the minority whip, brushed aside Democratic claims of extremism within the tea party movement and said the grassroots activists "are people who are concerned about the fiscal state of this country." They are not "outside the mainstream" of American politics, he told CBS's "The Early Show."

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