Politics & Government

Sen. McConnell says Tea Party movement not racist

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that the Tea Party movement is not a racist organization.

McConnell, R-Louisville, said he agrees with Vice President Joe Biden, who has said President Barack Obama and he do not consider the Tea Party racist.

McConnell, appearing on Mandy Connell’s show on Louisville’s WHAS-AM radio, elaborated on an answer he recently gave to CNN when asked if there were racist elements in the Tea Party. The question was prompted by charges about the limited government movement by the NAACP.

McConnell told CNN he was not going to get into that debate.

He said Monday that his reply to CNN “was probably not my best answer.”

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