03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bachmann: GOP Should 'Be Re-Defined By The Tea Party Movement'

At the inception of the tea party phenomena, organizers insisted that "the movement is not tied to the Republican Party." But in recent weeks, the Republican Party has been going all out to bring the vocal activists into the GOP's fold. "We need to stop looking at the tea parties as separate from the Republican party," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told National Review last month. In a Dec. 29 interview on Fred Thompson's radio show with guest host Jed Babbin, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that if the GOP were "wise," they would "allow themselves to be re-defined by the tea party movement":

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