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Chattanooga Tea Party Goofs–Santorum Cut Short

I went to hear Senator Santorum speak today in Chattanooga, TN. I am on the fence about Gingrich or Santorum so I thought it would be good to hear both in person. (I’ve heard Gingrich before)

Santorum’s speach was good and well-delivered. He is more impressive in person than on TV (which is the opposite of Gingrich). Athough he needs to incoroporate more applause/attack lines and this speech did not move me like his Iowa victory speech did, the biggest disappointment had nothing to do with Senator Santorum.

Santorum arrived a few minutes early and his speech started early and he finished on schedule, but when he asked if there were any questions, he was quickly cutoff by the local tea party organizer. He told the audience that he wanted to allow time for more local speakers!!! This did not sit well with many in the audience who proceeded to leave the auditorum rather disgusted.

This is the one problem with the tea party movement–lack of political experience. Santorum was the headline speaker of the event, he should have been allowed to answer questions. He flew in from campaigning in Michigan and the audience would have appreciated more of his time to allow him to answer some of our questions. We will not get another chance to hear directly from Senator Santorum before we vote on Super Tuesday–So with all due respect: Chattanooga Tea Party–You Blew IT.

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