Is the Tea Party Against Newt Gingrich?
Sen. Rand Paul questions GOP frontrunner's record
- Duration 5:08
- Date Dec 9, 2011
Sen. Rand Paul questions GOP frontrunner's record
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-- would called up arms against Newt Gingrich and -- not for Mitt Romney's camp either Republican senator Rand Paul out of Kentucky a Tea Party favorite the senate.
Writing this in an op Ed piece quotes we have a choice to make it a few weeks of the Tea Party is to continue the work we're resolved in twenty tend to undertake.
Then we must not make a giant leap backward.
By electing big government status quo Republicans like Newt Gingrich and 2012.
Strong -- my guest now Rand Paul live at a Bowling Green, Kentucky -- is a member of Ron Paul's presidential campaign.
And you're his biggest supporter because you're his -- good morning to you senator in it and welcome back the morning program here what's wrong -- Newt Gingrich.
Well you know the Tea Party got started because we were unhappy with a lot of Republicans who supported the bank bailouts.
In fact I think that's primarily that in the debt that we were concerned with the primarily we were concerned that Republicans voted for this bank bailout.
And Newt Gingrich was right there with them.
Being paid for by the government banks Fannie Mae and Freddie back to the tune of millions of dollars.
And then supporting the bank bailouts which I think just goes against everything that the Tea Party stands for I read your op Ed piece do you like Mitt Romney.
Well I think Mitt Romney is -- years I think he's a moderate Republican from the northeast.
And I think if he were to be nominated people wouldn't expect him to be a real conservative champion and that be okay.
But I what I'm afraid of is that the Tea Party movement and the conservative wing of the Republican Party could be destroyed.
By nominating someone like Newt Gingrich who in the end really isn't a conservative what what I took away from your pieces that you weren't really hot and neither one of the front runners right now according to -- polling well after the first and and Romney second go ahead.
Well I was just gonna say bill I am a little biased towards that Ron Paul guy you have to give me that.
But I also am a member of the Tea Party movement and I think that I want somebody -- consistent with that movement.
Cap and -- been a big issue.
Newt Gingrich has been in favor of that Obama care the linchpin of Obama -- they individual mandate and Newt Gingrich was for that also.
So there are some questions I think he's now risen to the top of the polls.
But people need to ask some tough questions about the fact that he's been on both sides of a lot of issue I think you can expect lots of -- odds are come what.
What Gingrich would tell you is that you know he's not been perfect over the years and that he is changed.
Because he's evolved over time do except that.
Well about a year ago we had an election in upstate New York where there is a conservative Doug Hoffman running.
Newt Gingrich came in and supported the liberal Republican when the whole conservative.
Radio talk show -- everybody in the conservative world supported the conservative Newt Gingrich supported the liberal Republican.
The bailouts is fairly recent history of him sitting when Nancy Pelosi in support of cap and trade legislation's fairly recent.
His being in favor of Obama's education traveling the country with -- Al Sharpton.
In support of a federal takeover of education those are all in the last few years those aren't ancient history that's actually.
More recent history where we all look forward to the explanation on that I have two more questions -- get too quickly with the Tea Party in 2012.
What is the status of the organization.
I did do you you sense that they are still together that they were growing or -- they ebbed in terms of attention and support.
With a tea party's been a funny organization because it's never really ever been an organization it really has been from the bottom up.
And has been a grassroots.
To me a lot of times the Tea Party movement was open Mike night everybody got to show up in a lot of the reason that was popular was.
If you go to Republican media or Democrat meeting nobody cares about your opinion.
But if you go to a Tea Party movement everybody's equal everybody gets a chance at the microphone and everybody gets to participate in this sort of direct democracy.
And so I think that's what was popular about the Tea Party movement.
But it also is is a flaw in the sense that were sometimes not as organized as we could big.
We'll see how that plays out in 2012 what about your father.
There's a piece today on Politico that suggest he's get ready for a long run.
A long slog and it's only Ron Paul your dad and Mitt Romney had a brace themselves for the long haul would -- think about that.
But the interesting thing my father has is he has -- enormous amount of independent support if you match him against President Obama.
He does as well or better than any other Republican candidate because he draws a lot of independent vote.
He also has a lot of small dollar support he has a half a million FaceBook friends.
In enormous email list people who give twenty dollars at a time his average donation.
Is really coming from middle America and small small donations not from.
-- they don't list of billionaires have given money zero billionaires on Ron Paul's list a lot of twenty dollar contributors.
Rand Paul thank you for your time it's sure going to be a very interesting here and it's -- gonna kick off of 2425.
-- is nice to see you senator at a Bowling Green, Kentucky whether it.