Rand Paul: Gingrich no friend of tea party
December 9th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
8 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
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  1. Woman In California

    Even though I am no Ron Paul fan, sometimes I want him to win so I can watch all of his followers as they make their way to the bread lines because the size of government will be so small there will be no one who cares or to help them recover. I'm laughing now even as I type this. Enjoy your stale bread and cold coffee and Happy Holidays.

    December 9, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Democrats somebody wrote:
    Jobs growth wasn't listed in your original post. Now you're getting downright dishonest.
    No, it wasn't. It was in YOUR reply. YOU bought it up. So, who is being dishonest?

    December 9, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. shoegazer

    Newt seems more like a coffee-clubber than a tea-partier.

    December 9, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Woman In California (who commented) "Any civilized American who wants to move forward and forget America's ugly past will NOT vote for a Paul."

    My husband and I began our married life together during the tail end of his Army days, spending the last few years of his military career stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY (go Screaming Eagles!). It always amazed me just how completely seperated from the real world the folks in Kentucky were. And apparently still are. I agree with you. Ron Paul will never become President of the United States of America.

    December 9, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Rick

    Well, seeing as Paul has even less chance than the Newt of being elected POTUS, yeah, go for Paul GOP.

    December 9, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    sorry, edit:

    "So if tax cuts don't stimulate job growth, why does Obama want to keep the payroll tax cuts in place?"

    Because you need to differentiate between who is getting the cuts. Tax cuts for the rich do NOT increase demand. These people have all the money they need to just keep on spending like fools while everyone else suffers...and their spending all throughout this recession proves it. The middle-class, however, benefits greatly from a payroll tax cut and it increases their ability to go out and buy things and pay their bills, which increases demand and helps get the money flowing again. Moreover, if the tax cut is not extended, the opposite will be true: demand from the middle-class consumers will fall, worsening the demand vacuum that is prolonging the economic crisis.

    "Why did he agree to keep the "bush tax cuts" and make them his own Obama tax cuts?"

    So we could get DADT repealed, pass the new START Treaty and extend unemployment insurance during the 2010 lame duck period. It's called compromise. Look it up.

    "If you think increasing taxes stimulates the economy then you truly are living in an upside down fantasy world."

    Nobody is arguing that. Rather, assuming that people opposing your position must therefore automatically be arguing that the exact opposite position will work is merely a figmant of your everything-must-be-black-and-white conservative mindset. Congratulations on including a straw man argument in a post complaining about what you claim was a straw man argument.

    December 9, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Logic in LA

    I guess Mr Paul did not read the literature- The Teas Party is not part of either party according to their press. His statement is true of course but it does not follow the tea-party line.

    December 9, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Niki

    Rand Paul – I can't say that I agree with him, his father or the Tea Party, but darn-it I like him. I can't understand this dichotomy with myself. The more I hear from Ron and Rand, the more I disagree with them, but the more I like them. I just can't help but respect those who are straightforward with their opinions (even against mainstream norms).

    December 9, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Greg

    Newt Gingrich only cares about Newt Gingrich. He has put his own selfish aims above his party, his family and his supporters. As John Sununu said this week, Newt loves Newt. He has undermined conservative principles for years, including Paul Ryan's plan earlier this year, calling it right-wing social engineering, giving the democrats added ammunition to oppose the plan. Newt is all about Newt.

    December 9, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Skitownrefugee

    Sniffit is right – right on the money (see his comment at 11:45 am. From Regan to Bush-2, we had 20 years of republican administrations (Regan, Bush-1 and Bush-2) and 8 years of democrat administrations (Clinton) and in all of those Republican years the deficit grew by leaps and bounds. As Sniffit says – Look it up – it's true. Regan borrow his recovery.

    December 9, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Stacey

    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.

    LOL! The republican tea party will pay the price for the gridlock they have caused. The American people now know there is no republican candidate strong enough to lead us out of this mess GW Bush got us into. Just look who they are willing to put in the Oval Office – Newt Gingrich! How desparate they are, not to mention afraid. We know Obama is trying to help the middleclass and the poor; we also know the GOP is doing everything they can to make sure the rich stay on top and the middleclass and poor stay on the bottom. The GOP wants to take even the possibility of the "American dream" away from poor folk. In the end, the GOP will lose.

    December 9, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Andy

    @Woman in California- Get out of the bread line and read some books. Ron Paul has predicted and warned of all the economic devastation that has occurred. Why? Because he knows what he is doing. You on the other hand only know how to enjoy entitlements. You want more government? Look at your BANKRUPT STATE... Absolutely ridiculous. Have you ever been to the DMV? Thats government for you. LIBERTY AND FREEDOM!! RON PAUL 2012!!!!

    December 9, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Laverne

    So does that mean he supports Mitt Romney? Hee Hee.

    December 9, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. kevin

    No friend of the tea party! Probably the nicest thing you can say about Newt

    December 9, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    Problem with the tea party argument is they could have cared less about "out of control spending" when GW Bush...blah,blah,blah...
    the Tea Party wasn't around then. It took Obama's TRILLION dollar deficits as far as the eye can see and an unconstitutional healthcare mandate to wake the American people up. And for THAT, Obama should be thanked. He has shown that America can indeed be spent into bankruptcy, just like Europe.

    December 9, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. ditty1991

    ron paul has just as good a chance to win as any other candidate. heres the thing though. paul has roughly 10% the national republican vote so if he loses, the gop loses because we dont vote for status quo.

    December 9, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Democrats somebody wrote:
    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.
    Those who forget the mistakes of the past are compelled to repeat them.

    If anyone wondered whether or not Republicans want you to forget what it is that they do, then let this person put your doubts to rest. Thank-you.

    December 9, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    I enjoy your posts each time I read them. You are truly informed and educated on every subject and thank you for the compliment.

    Rudy NYC – these clowns are REALLY afraid of you but keep sticking it to them! We all know they prey off ignorant people.

    December 9, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. skarphace

    Just the fact that Gingrich is hanging out with Trump should lose him the nomination.

    And the fact that Trump does not like Ron Paul should tell America that Paul is the right man for the job.

    Republicans need to wake up fast: unless they elect Ron Paul their candidate will lose to Obama in 2012.

    December 9, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    The GOP wants to take even the possibility of the "American dream" away from poor folk.
    The GOP is the only hope of preserving the "American dream". The Democrats want to fundamentally transform the "American dream" into total government dependence provided for by oppressive rates of taxation. Until the golden goose is dead, along with your government provided subsistence.

    December 9, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "And why do people like you keep living 10 years in the past?"

    We have to keep repeating it for three primary reasons:

    (a) "people like you" like to pretend that it never happened;

    (b) "people like you" refuse to accept the FACTS...historical record, math, etc...that explain how the policies wrought from 8 years of Dubya and 6 years of coinciding GOP control over Congress are behind the vast vast majority of the deficit and debt problems; and

    (c) due to "a" and "b" above, "people like you" refuse to learn from those mistakes and are now arguing that we believe the ideology that led to those mistakes more fervently and repeat those policy mistake...but more extremely and in a far more sweeping and widespread manner...in hopes that this time it magically works.

    Any other questions?

    December 9, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Whatever

    I think Ron Paul will be the next POTUS.

    December 9, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. skarphace

    Unless they *nominate* Ron Paul, that is.

    December 9, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Woman In California

    United we stand, divided we fall, yes?

    @Dominican mama

    Filled the bowl to the brim, there's plenty to share ... you in?

    December 9, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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