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Lefty Activists Crash Romney’s Tea Party

Philadelphia, Pa. — Progressive activists stormed the Franklin Institute this evening. They clashed with tea-party organizer Don Adams, who blocked them from entering. It was a wild, tense scene, just minutes before Mitt Romney appeared here. Adams, who is the man at the door in this video of the incident, tells NRO that the “nasty” exchange is an example of what Romney will face this fall.

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports:

The protesters said that when they tried to go inside, they were refused entry. Event organizers eventually granted them refunds for their $20 tickets after they chanted loudly on the steps.

The activists, who were from groups such as Occupy Philly and Fight For Philly, said they just wanted to ask Romney questions about his policies.

Che Saitta, 23, from Philadelphia, who said she was with Fight For Philly, said she was among those denied entrance.

“I don’t know why. They wouldn’t tell me,” she said.

Saitta, who said she graduated from Temple University last year with a degree in graphic design but is working four jobs in unrelated fields to make ends meet, said she wanted to ask Romney about his stances on health care insurance and student loans.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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