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Republican candidates gearing up for Tea Party debate on Twitter

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

This isn’t your typical Jim Lehrer-moderated debate on PBS.

Next week seven Republican presidential candidates will take the virtual stage on Twitter, for what’s being billed as the first “Tea Party presidential debate.”

The website “TheTeaParty.net” says seven candidates for president have agreed to participate in its July 20 Twitter debate. The group will pose questions to the candidates on the social networking platform. The candidates are expected to respond in real-time.

Radio host S.E. Cupp will moderate the event, which viewers can watch live at www.140townhall.com.

“It’s about time the candidates started acknowledging the relevance of social networking,” Cupp said in an email. “Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are democratizing the media and changing the way we consume news. It was only a matter of time before someone thought to put the traditional debate format online.”

The group says Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will participate. (RON PAUL: We need to force GOP leaders to show backbone in debt limit fight)

Also scheduled to join in on the fun are businessman Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is also listed by the group as a participant; a campaign spokesman for Pawlenty has told Roll Call that Pawlenty is not yet confirmed.

There are a multitude of national Tea Party groups — including Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Express — but TheTeaParty.net is not nearly as well known. According to its website, it is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit created in 2009, and a division of Stop This Insanity Inc.

  • RPFAE

    Not too excited about TheTeaParty.net since Dustin Stockton (Media/Events Director) wrote a major hit piece about Ron Paul which is a clue that this organization is riding the wave of tea party passion without being grounded in sound Tea Party beliefs. TheTeaParty.net’s response to the e-mail I sent by way of complaint that a tea party oorganization bashing Ron Paul is unacceptable was from Todd Cefarrati (Freedom Organizer. He stated that Stockton’s position was not necessarily endorsed by their organization (???). Huh??? WTH??? The piece was sent as a mass e-mail from theteaparty.net so I’d beg to differ.

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  • bigdave

    IF YOU ARE NOT A TEA BAG…YOU ARE A SCUM BAG…MAKE YOUR CHOICE.

    • MegaGorgo

      Impressive intelligence for a rock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    sounds interesting!