Tea Party support is something all of the candidates in the GOP primary want. Of course they do. This movement represents the heart and soul of conservatism in America and none of them are going to win without it.
Which Presidential candidate actually supported the Tea Party when he was not running? The answer will surprise you.
Ron Paul’s supporters, especially the more obnoxious one’s like to claim that Ron Paul is the father of the Tea Party movement.
The basis for their claims is that in December 2007, Ron Paul had a fundraiser and he called it a “Tea Party.”
On February 18th, 2009, Rick Santelli of CNBC lit the fire for what would become the Tea Party with his famous rant from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile. Within a couple of days activists from across the country were planning the first Tea Party Rallies.
Neither Ron Paul nor his supporters had anything to do with the planning of those rallies.
How do I know?
It is simple. I was a part of the planning. We who were planning those rallies met almost nightly for conference calls. People who were on those calls have become some of the leading figures of this movement. Amy Kremer was on there, as was Eric Odom, Mike Leahy, activists who formed the Dallas and St. Louis Tea Parties and some others throughout the country.
Ron Paul did not support nor did he appear at any of those rallies.
After February 2009, we began planning the Tax Day Tea Party rallies, which would define this movement.
Where was Ron Paul? Again nowhere.
But there was one politician who stepped up and was willing to help the Tea Party movement. He was not running for office at the time and all he did was ask what he could do.
He did not try to take control of the movement nor did he try to use it for his own benefit.
Who was this person?
It was Newt Gingrich.
In the end, the Tea Party organizers declined most of the help Newt was offering. We did not dislike Newt in fact just the opposite was true. We did like him. We were just concerned that because Newt has such and intense personality that the Tea Party movement would get branded as Newt’s movement.
Was that a mistake? Possibly.
As far as I know, Newt has never spoken about this publicly. He did speak at the Tax Day Tea Party rally in 2009.
Ron Paul, as far as I know has never spoken at any Tea Party event. The only events I am aware of that he has spoken at were campaign 4 liberty events. He has never supported the Tea Party movement. The only thing he and his followers have tried to do is hijack the movement.
Ron Paul is not the father of this movement. No politician is. Those who are the fathers and mothers of this movement are the activists who poured their time and sweat into launching this great movement.
If any politician deserves credit for being there for the movement, it is Newt Gingrich. He was there. He has never claimed any credit for what he did nor has he ever asked for anything in return.
History is best reported by one who was there in the midst when the actions occurred.
Judson, that's a very nice nugget to know. All I had heard previously was Ron Paul's supposed alignment with the TP
Ron Paul is reported to have spoken at a gathering in Georgia, middle 2010. I was not at that one....a year and a half after the our first gatherings. Paul supporters say he did a bang up job.
I LIKE NEWT AND MITT FOR DIFFERENCE REASONS, ME, I AM A TEA PARTY PHYSICAL CONSERVATIVE, I LOVE MICHELL WHO I MET AT THE MEETING IN WASH. D.C. THE CUT, CAP, BALANCE, I KNOW MITT, AND NEWT DON'T HAVE ALL OF MY VALUES, SO IT COMES DOWN TO; WHO CAN OUT DEBATE BARRY OBAMA "THE ILLEGAL PRESIDENT", AND WHO CAN BEAT BARRY OBAMA "THE ILLEGAL PRESIDENT" IN NOVEMBER THAT IS MY QUEST! SOOOO, THAT IS WHAT ON MY MIND.
Who best represents Tea Party values?
End of story.
Is term limits Constitutional ? If so show me.
As for Newt, one big problem is he has a book out in 2013
supporting global warming. Ron P. said he is against earmarks
and take's them for his district.
Are they unconstitutional? If so, show me. I like Paul on many domestic issues, but his Isolationist, protectionist, appeasing foreign policy is a deal breaker. If he wasn't so wrong headed on these issues, I would consider him.
right on! also his stance on blaming israel and us for 9-11.
I would like to ask Dr.Paul what he would have done in Jimmy Carter’s place after the Mullahs seized our embassy in 1979. To be consistent, he shoukld say we should ahe declared war on Iran.Such a declaration does not require military action, but it puts our full force behind our diplomacy, and gets Congress fully on record.
"Is term limits Constitutional ? If so show me."
Try this: "U.S. Constitution, Amendment 22, Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice..." Sounds pretty Constitutional to me. No reason Congress shouldn't have the same strictures applied.
As for Newt's book, it's called "A Contract With The Earth", published in 2007. If you're concerned about it you'd do well to read it. Meanwhile, here is Newt's stance on Global Warming:
Newt does not believe there is a settled scientific conclusion about whether industrial development has dramatically contributed to a warming of the atmosphere.
Newt absolutely opposes “cap and trade” as well as any system of taxing carbon emissions. He testified before Congress against it in 2009 and led a grassroots effort while the Chairman of American Solutions to block its passage in the House and Senate.
The 22nd amendment applies only to the President. It has no bearing on anyone else.