Ron Paul doubts tea party’s influence: They are ‘all over the place’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, January 30, 2012 21:37 EDT
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Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Monday that the tea party movement would probably not be a decisive factor in the Republican presidential nomination process.

“We were identified with the beginning of the tea party, and yet the tea party is not a tea party,” he said. “I mean, its all over the place and everybody is claiming they are tea party. How somebody like Newt Gingrich who has been in politics all these years and an insider, and claim that he is leading the tea party movement, that to me is a little strange.”

“But there actually is no one movement in the tea party, it actually started in our campaign four years ago,” Paul noted.

“It represents a significant number of people who are frustrated with the process, as well as Occupy Wall Street,” he continued. “See, I talk to those people as well, because the frustration level is so high, and that is one of the things that I think have energized our campaign.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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