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The two most prominent Tea Party Republicans to emerge from this year's primaries -- Nevada's Sharron Angle and Kentucky's Rand Paul -- may have upset establishment GOP candidates in their bids for Senate nominations, but they will soon be heading to the nation's capitol to receive the embrace of national Republican leaders and key conservative groups.

While some Nevada Republicans harbor misgivings about whether Angle, given some of of the positions she has previously staked out, is the strongest candidate to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has promised her as much organizational and financial resources as she needs, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Angle will travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to meet with other Republican senators, party leaders and fundraisers.

Sharron Angle, Rand PaulShe will also sit down with an array of anti-tax, anti-abortion and pro-gun rights groups on Wednesday under the auspices of the Center Right Coalition run by Grover Norquist, a conservative moment leader, the Review-Journal said. Some of these groups already had pitched in during the primary, such as the Club for Growth which said it had plowed $628,161 into Angle's campaign in the former of contributions as well as TV ads and direct mail on her behalf.

Meanwhile, as expected, Reid lost no time in trying to tie Angle to positions he says are extreme. Reid's campaign launched a TV ad Friday asserting Angle would slash Social Security and Medicare, describing Angle's support for a Church of Scientology drug rehabilitation program for prisoners that included saunas and massage therapy. (One of Angle's GOP primary opponents, Sue Lowden, had similarly targeted the prison program in her ads).

Even though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stood with the GOP establishment candidate in his home state of Kentucky, he will now host a June 24 fundraiser in Washington for Paul hosted by the Republican Senatorial Committee, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Asked if the embrace of the GOP national establishment might hurt Paul with his supporters, University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato told the Courier-Journal, ""I think they're pretty set on him. They like him. They're going to forgive a lot because they believe that deep down in his core he's with them. They also understand he's got to do some things to patch up the rift with McConnell and the mainstream, establishment Republicans."

Back home in Kentucky, Republicans were trying to knit back together Paul's movement with the wing of the party that backed Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

There are lingering resentments from the primary. The paper said that some Paul supporters feel the Grayson camp "drove the wedge deep" by not only challenging Paul on policy differences but trying to portray him as a candidate with fringe ideas. On the other side, some Republicans who have had a stake in party activities for years are feeling pushed aside by impatient Tea Party movement activists.

Nevertheless, McConnell, Grayson and the state party have all publicly rallied behind Paul. The Herald-Leader quoted James Weise, a district GOP chairman, saying, "The Republicans are going to lick their wounds quite quickly and move on" because the goal in their sights now is holding on to the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jim Bunning.

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andrc657

The PARTY OF NO has been hijacked by the party of TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY who want to not only say NO but go even further and repeal social security and medicare. They want to take us back to those wonderful days when our seniors lived in poverty and depended on the kindness of relatives, friends or strangers. Let's not do that to our seniors. SAY NO TO THE REPUBLICANS IN NOVEMBER.

June 14 2010 at 9:21 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jim Cole

I wonder how vulnerable the teaparty candidates are in the general election in November. Will they move to the center? Or, is there a majority of Americans who feel the same level of concern/ fear regarding what they see as "what's going on in America" and will embrace the more conservative wiews of the candidates? Some Democrats believe that if they take the political center then they will be successful in the general election............... Which is it?

June 14 2010 at 12:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

The Tea Party has approx. 20 million supporters nationwide. You can influence elections with numbers like that...

June 13 2010 at 8:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Rich Shames

Is the Republican party backing themselves in a corner? Most people do not agree with the Tea Party movemement and the embrace they will be given may easily backfire. They may be setting themselves up for a Democratic victory in November. Also, this country is quickly becoming a minority majority country and the Republicans can't attract those people with their current policies. After all the minorities got President Obama elected. They will be back to vote again.

June 13 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
firstad

The GOP gave the United States the economic equivalent of an STD, wrecking all of our jobs, our retirement funds, our pensions, our real estate markets, and just about anything else you can think of. Now the GOP wants to commit suicide by bringing in the Tea Party wing. Pull the trigger and get it over with Mr. Steele.
The GOP is the Titanic of American Politics, and bringing in the Tea Baggers is just rearranging the deck chairs before she goes to the bottom.

June 13 2010 at 5:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
phylliskunz

Democrat Jack Conway has my vote for the Senate in November, and I am appalled
that Mitch McConnell is embracing Rand Paul, not that he would care, but I will not vote for him either..

June 13 2010 at 3:52 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
annafourth

I love how Reid states that MS Angle will slash Medicare and Social Security. Refresh my memory are not the democrats in charge of everything and who is now cutting medicare I do believe it is Democrats and it is Democrats that voted themselves a raise but said those on Social Security didn't need one. So those who are Medicare and Social Securtiy listen up it is not Republicans wanting to cut your benefits or your income it is DEMOCRATS. Democrats also want to cut your life short by denying you treatment.

June 13 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

How much longer is the Republican Party going to go down this road of being the "Party Of NO", "The Flat Earth Party", "The Free Lunch Party". It is time that someone with courage. integrity and creditbility step up and bring this party back to being a functional and responsible force for the good of the Country.
We have seen how California is going to the junk heap with their policy of we want all the government services but we are not going to tax ourselves to pay for them.
And nationally this is the same road we are on.If you want government services, you have to pay for them

June 13 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
dusty754

The GOP actually thinks it is going to make a come back in November. When they leave millions of unemployed people stranded with no benefits because they are the ones blocking progress, those that are stranded will remember this. What is really funny is a lot of the people being screwed are members of the GOP. They are cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

June 13 2010 at 1:37 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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John

There will be hundreds of Republican wins in November. There will be the same kind of Republican wins that occurred in NY-23 and PA-12. Remember those Republican "wins"? Judd Gregg's seat will go Democratic. Jim Bunning's seat will go Democratic as voters shun an anti-americna Tea Bagger. Harry Reid will win easy reelection as voters shun an anti-American Tea bagger. Republicans will be extremely lucky to gain three Senate seats and 15 House seats.

June 13 2010 at 10:41 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
J.J.

If this is the new Republican party, then we are in a lot of trouble with sane voters. Bad enough that we had Mcinsane and Palin (show me the money) leading the party to defeat in the last major election now we have this. Beat of luck to Mr. Smiley (McConnell) and his party of NO.

June 13 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
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rokdoc3

And I suppose you give your children everything they want without having to earn it, and tell them they can have anything in the world, whether or not they are capable of affording or taking care of it. Saying NO to irresponsible, bankrupting economic policies (be they Dem or Republican- like the ill-advised Medicare Part D debacle) is precisely what we need to get back to. It's not a coincidence (nor an abberation) that this is the first year Social Security is upside down.

June 13 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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