Obama differs with tea party but welcomes debate

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 12:08 PM
Obama differs with tea party but welcomes debate

President Barack Obama praises the tea party movement for getting Americans engaged in politics, but he says he strongly disagrees with its views.

Obama told The Associated Press on Friday that the tea party has forced important questions to the surface of political debate. They include how much government the nation can afford.

Obama said it's clear that he and tea party leaders differ sharply on answers to such questions. The interview took place in Chicago.