Rand Paul: Gingrich no friend of tea party
December 9th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
3 years ago

Rand Paul: Gingrich no friend of tea party

(CNN) - One of Ron Paul's chief supporters – his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul - said Friday that Newt Gingrich stood opposed to tea party values.

"I got elected with a lot of the tea party support and the tea party movement," Sen. Paul said on CNN "Newsroom."

"The tea party was a lot about people unhappy with Republicans voting for bank bailouts. We thought they sold out our limited government views when they voted to send taxpayer money to big banks. Unfortunately, Newt Gingrich was right there with them being paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It goes against everything that the tea party stands for."

The assault on Gingrich comes as Ron Paul, a three-time presidential candidate and Texas congressman, aired a blistering television ad in Iowa and New Hampshire that slams Gingrich for "serial hypocrisy," saying the former House speaker had cashed in after leaving Congress by becoming a lobbyist.

Gingrich has denied charges he was paid for his connections in the House of Representatives, pointing to the fact that he never registered as a lobbyist in Washington.

On Friday, Rand Paul said voters looking for true conservatism would do best by looking past Gingrich and to his father.

"I don't think anybody's been more conservative with the taxpayer dollar than Ron Paul in the last 20 years in Congress," Sen. Paul said on CNN.

He pointed to the Ron Paul campaign's organization in Iowa as evidence of his father's chances of success.

"We have a lot of county Republican chairmen endorsing him this time around," Sen. Paul said. "We have state representatives who have endorsed him, so we have a ground game and it's the one advantage we have over Gingrich. Not only does my father have a conservative voting record, he was against the bank bailouts, against the individual mandate behind Obamacare and he has a ground game. Gingrich has no ground game."


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rand Paul • Ron Paul
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Thank you, Rand! Speak the truth. Conservatives supporting Gingrich is laughable. Send a message this time–Paul will be the last man standing. Spread the word and a little donation wouldn't hurt.

    December 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. NVa Native

    Gingeritch has no friends, only subjects.

    December 9, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Independent In Albany

    The Tea party is one of Americas greates enemies

    December 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    What a shock! Rand Paul supporting his dad. yaaaaawwwwnnnn......

    December 9, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Alex

    Rand Paul is right. Gingrich is no friend to people who want smaller government. Gingrich profited millions of dollars from the bailouts and constantly flip flops on issues.

    December 9, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Martha in CF

    Rand Paul will probably be going home when his election is. The Tea Party has only hurt America. Hopefully Kentuckians get it!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Tea Party dominate the republican party is that simple , there are no friendship between tea party and republicans

    December 9, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. unsub

    i like paul more and more! where is Pailin!

    December 9, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Democrat somebody wrote:
    Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.... Never heard of globalization have you??? Been happening for decades. Look it up. What you cite has NOTHING to do with tax cuts. You live in an upsiude down dream world.
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    You are absolutely correct. Jobs growth has nothing to do with tax cuts. Couldn't have said it better myself. But, GWB promised that his tax cuts would stimualte jobs growth. Thanks for confirming that tax cuts have no effect on jobs.

    December 9, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Joe Shmoe

    Look up Newt Exposed dotcom to see the true record of this faux "conservative" big government Rockafeller Republican.

    December 9, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    The Tea party is one of Americas greates enemies
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    So people that want this country to live within it means and stop spending itself into bankruptcy are "Americas greates enemies"???? What do you call the people that want to spend us into bankruptcy?? I suppose you think Corzine is a financial genius too???

    Truth is: People like YOU are Americas greatest enemy.

    December 9, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Noodle Nose Johnson

    None of these clowns is electable.

    December 9, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Chris Ellison

    Thank you Rand. You can count on my vote if/when you run for Pres. Sadly the Bilderbergs are willing to do anything to keep the honest man out of Whitehouse. If your father gets in – he needs to crush that group once and for all right after he cuts the trillion dollars of course! ;)

    December 9, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Randroid's firmware is not up to date.

    December 9, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Joi Gibson

    And the Tea Party is no friend intelligent people who want cooperation and compromise in Congress. You, sir, are part of what is wrong with this dysfunctional Congress. The Tea Party and Newt Gingrich are a bane to sane Americans.

    December 9, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Viper Sanders Told me To Tell You to Shut Up

    ...It would be completely interesting if Ron & Son run for office as President & VP independently. I wonder what would happen?

    December 9, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Woman In California

    Any civilized American who wants to move forward and forget America's ugly past will NOT vote for a Paul. Both are AGAINST the Civil Rights Act and both remind of us of the days of inequality. Since most Americans don't favor segregation – neither Ron Paul or his ignorant, hateful son with EVER reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    Obama 2012.

    December 9, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. BruceWM

    I think I'l get my yard signs ready now. "Paul for President 2016!"

    December 9, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "What do you call the people that want to spend us into bankruptcy?? "

    Republicans. Look it up. The historical record dating back to at least Reagan shows that the GOPers have been responsible for more deficit and debt creation than all of the Dems put together. The numbers don't lie....nor is it any secret that the cornerstone of the GOP's strategery has been to create said deficits and debts as a means of generating a justification for exactly the arguments and legislative proposals they'er making right now: that the entirey of the Great Society and New Deal programs...Medicare, SS, Medicaid...all need to be obliterated immediately, effective tax rates on the rich brought to near zero levels and all powers of the federal gov't that allow it to prohibit discrimination and laws that blend church and state need to be rescinded and given to the states to determine.

    December 9, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    You are absolutely correct. Jobs growth has nothing to do with tax cuts. Couldn't have said it better myself. But, GWB promised that his tax cuts would stimualte jobs growth. Thanks for confirming that tax cuts have no effect on jobs.
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    Jobs growth wasn't listed in your original post. Now you're getting downright dishonest.

    So if tax cuts don't stimulate job growth, why does Obama want to keep the payroll tax cuts in place? Why did he agree to keep the "bush tax cuts" and make them his own Obama tax cuts? If you think increasing taxes stimulates the economy then you truly are living in an upside down fantasy world.

    December 9, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Chris

    Ron Paul does seem most in line with alleged Tea Party objectives – so why has he never been a Tea Party darling?

    I think the answer says more about the Tea Party than Ron Paul.

    December 9, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. ja

    the tea parrty no friend of america, it has only caused gridlock, where the hell were they when we embarked upon three wars, one based upon lies and no heads rolled

    December 9, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    the tea parrty no friend of america, it has only caused gridlock, where the hell were they when we embarked upon three wars, one based upon lies and no heads rolled
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    I would argue that grid lock is FAR BETTER than the two years of Democrats jamming unwanted laws down the throats of the American people. Obamacare sound familiar? The American people are going to flush Democrats to get it repealed.

    And why do people like you keep living 10 years in the past? We're talking about today and the future! We can do ANYTHING about the past.

    December 9, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Democrats somebody wrote:
    So if tax cuts don't stimulate job growth, why does Obama want to keep the payroll tax cuts in place? Why did he agree to keep the "bush tax cuts" and make them his own Obama tax cuts? If you think increasing taxes stimulates the economy then you truly are living in an upside down fantasy world.
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    Don't twist my words. I said trickle down does not stimulate jobs growth, not tax cuts. Demand stimulates jobs growth. Spending stimulates jobs growth. Either the private sector spends, or the government spends. When spending stops, then economic growth stops and stagnates.

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    The Tea Party is an enemy of The People. They deny that tax cuts created the deficit as much as overspending did on two wars and unfunded drug programs. They actually want more tax cuts and the deficits it creates.

    December 9, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Brett Nesbitt

    I don't see what the problem is with people in Congress who are standing by what they said they would do when they ran for office. Those that think that is broken need their heads checked. It's those that run for office and don't listen to their platform while in office that are a problem.

    Here are the facts... Democrats and Republicans both want the same thing. That being - more government, more wars, and more debt. They all talk publicly about reigning these things in (for the most part), because that's what America wants. Get them behind closed doors for 20 minutes and they scheme for how they can dupe the American people.

    There is only 1 candidate for president who will tackle the wars, the debt, and out of control government growth. That candidate is Ron Paul.

    December 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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