Stabenow: "Tea Party represents a minority of a minority" - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Stabenow: "Tea Party represents a minority of a minority"

Posted: Updated:
U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow, (D) Michigan U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow, (D) Michigan
(WJBK) -

Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is dismissing the Tea Party movement in the wake of the shutdown of the federal government. She says there will not be another shutdown early next year.

The democrat is sitting on the committee charged with resolving the budget impasse, with another shutdown looming over the federal government early next year if those talks fail.

The senator concludes the non-tea party republicans have had enough all this and are willing to work something out, and she thinks the bulk of those in Michigan want both parties to find a compromise.

"People across the country, certainly in Michigan, spoke out about, really, how outrageous it was that people wouldn't work together and be able to get things done," she tells Fox 2's Tim Skubick.

Skubick asks in response, "Is the tea party now part of the problem or the solution?"

Stabenow responds, "Well, the tea party represents a minority of a minority."

The senator senses a mood shift in Washington and, while she does not mention tea party Senator Ted Cruz by name, she concludes, "I think its clear that it was reckless and irresponsible, and the majority of republican colleagues understand that and I think they'll step away from the extreme elements."

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 08:51:44 GMT
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:52:42 GMT
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 07:52:34 GMT
    The outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law is getting better, with more people enrolled overall and a much-needed surge of interest among young adults.
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices