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April 5, 2010 11:02 AM

Candidates see tea party support as a double-edged sword

Rand Paul, the son of the Texas congressman, is a case in point. He's mounting an insurrection against the Republican favorite to win the GOP nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Jim Bunning, largely on the strength of the tea party movement. But he also acknowledges that tea party gatherings are a "sort of open mike night" where the actions of a few have led to "a lot of misconception nationally about the tea party movement."

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