Ron Paul takes credit for tea party, says GOP took over

During an online question and answer session, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, took full credit for the start of the tea party and said the movement “was taken over by the Republican Party.”

As reported by, when asked what went wrong with the tea party, Paul replied: “The tea party was actually started during the Ron Paul presidential campaign in 2007 when there was a spontaneous money-bomb that was done on the anniversary of the original tea party.”

According to, Paul supporters did organize a “money bomb” on Dec. 16, 2007 dubbed Boston Tea Party 07, timed to coincide with the 234th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

Many in the tea party bristle at the notion that Ron Paul is the father of the movement. In their eyes, the movement was launched on Feb. 19, 2009 by CNBC’s Rick Santelli in what is now known as the “rant heard around the world.”

Ironically, the previous fund-raising blitz for Paul in 2007 was timed to coincide with Guy Fawkes Day. With Guy Fawkes masks becoming a signature item for Occupy Wall Street last year, will Paul also take credit for this movement?

As for what has happened to the tea party, Paul said:

“What happened after that was that a lot of people came onboard – including Republicans – who watered down some of the beliefs, and certainly changed the opinion of some on foreign policy so that the original Tea Party movement was taken over by the Republican Party, which I think was part of the problem.”

When asked if he planned to run for president again in 2016, Paul said, “I have no plans to run for office at this time,” adding that he will continue to “promote the cause of liberty.”


Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
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  • shm224

    Sure, Santelli has long been a supporter of Ron Paul campaign and his tea party movement.

    Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British Parliament and is a symbol of anti-big gov’t establishment. The Occupy mvt was largely a work of Adbuster and it was anything but anti-big gov’t mvt; Guy Fawkes never became a signature item for the occupy movement, contrary to this author’s broken logic (ie, fallacy of association and composition). Those folks with Fawkes masks show up everywhere anti-establishment.

  • Evan Rogers

    Ancient news. Ron Paul is right: I donated on the Tea Party Money Bomb. And we were calling it the “Tea Party Money Bomb”.

    We WERE the Tea Party, and then the idiots took it over. We all gave up on the name and were disgusted with our child.

    • moxyclod

      x2…I was there also. Those were the days, before the repubs hi-jacked the movement. Remember the blimp?

      • Evan Rogers

        Yeah, the blimp. What an idea.

        From paying such close attention to Ron Paul’s campaigns, I’ve learned that not a single media outlet is free the icy clutch of the state.

        Even the local media in my city is talking about the chemical warfare being used against civilians in Syria. No one is bothering to ask the most basic of quesitons: “Why would this guy use chemical weapons against civilians, instead of the people overthrowing him?”.

        Anyway, a good lesson and a great time.

    • NewHampshire

      NH is still pure. We have not given up!

  • Dustin Koenning

    Ron Paul started the Tea Party, there’s no question about it just view this video:

    • NewHampshire

      Thanks same video is on our website. Ron Paul got his campaign started right here in NH on Feb 25, 2007 when the NHTPC founder and Kent Snyder introduced him to 400 of her friends, and in Dec we started the movement with the kick off event in Boston at historic Fanueil Hall.

  • NewHampshire

    This is correct. We started the tea party on that day in 2007 and Rick was talking about us. Rick and Peter Schiff were advisors. Rick talked about the lake, because we dumped tea into the water. Jason Rink wrote the book “Ron Paul Father of the Tea Party” and he was. NO funding was involved, and no KOCH Brothers. FOX ignored us because we are antiwar… they were happy to promote the fake tea parties that arose in 2009 that are nothing more than GOP PACS.

    Please see more of the video proof of how we, Ron Paul supporters, started the tea party in 2007 here:

  • NewHampshire

    Oh and by the way, just like he Gadsden Flag, the Guy Fawkes mask is used by BOTH sides, left and right.. .so it does not imply support for the communists of OWS.

  • NewHampshire

    “Many in the tea party bristle at the notion that Ron Paul is the father of the movement. In their eyes, the movement was launched on Feb. 19, 2009 by CNBC’s Rick Santelli in what is now known as the “rant heard around the world.”

    Too bad for them. This is only the date THEY heard about it, but not the date it started. It was already in existence for two years obviously if Rick was talking about it.

    We even had a march on DC in July of 2008, still not air time from FAUX NEWS either. 10,000 people showed up.

    The media needs to get this right because the legit tea party has not gone away and won’t soon.

    • Adam_Rodriguez

      And the fact was that Rick Santelli is a Ron Paul supporter.

  • jefdov

    Whether or not Paul started the Tea Party, I guess I’ll take his word for it.
    One thing is certain, however: the Republican Party has taken it over. When one looks at policy delivered from that party vs the statements they make to placate us, one finds that they have delivered absolutely ZERO. The one thing they have delivered and consistently allowed or helped Democrats deliver is Big Government.
    Back to those Tea Parties, when you read what they publish, it’s all stuff to make you hate Obama — but they present no solutions. They give us nowhere to go with the hate — except to vote Republican at the next election. What they aren’t saying is that there isn’t an ounce of difference. I mean, what difference does it make that the House is full of conservatives if the Liberal Speaker won’t bring their issues to a vote? What difference does it make if we have a senate majority if on close votes enough defect to the Democrat side to win the day for Democrats — or as we saw a few years back, spend and create big government the same as if they were all Democrats?
    What the Tea Party is not doing is forming the new party we need to send the minority GOP establishment to the Democrats, where they belong, and use new party to aggressively represent the millions of us who have waited for years for this corrupt GOP to do the job. They have no intention of doing the job.

    • NewHampshire

      This is true. These 2009 fakers are all about hating on Obama. Bush was equally hated by the legit tea party, so it did not start with Obama who is of course worse. Anyone who thinks these people founded the tea party are misguided… it was not just about Obama, which liberals love to accuse. Sal Russo even said it was his job to water us down. Sorry Sal we’ll expose you.

  • mnolan13

    I was standing at a “tea party” rally on April 15, 2008 just outside the ICT airport with several hundred other people. On my way to the rally, Hannity was on the air screaming about the “Stop Hillary Express.”

    The “tea party” was roused into action by GW Bush and his left of liberal policies.

    • Dale Holmgren

      I am delighted that the GOP faux version of the Tea Party collapsed. Only the real deal will save us, and RP was absolutely the founder.

      However, if a new RP emerges, you can guarantee that the overlords at the GOP will somehow co-opt, pervert, distort and dissemble the message, and give you a messed-up version of what it is all about, and then say “Tea Party? Oh, you mean THIS” while pointing out the monstrosity that is just more standard middle of the road GOP BS.

  • Ram Kumar

    This fuckwit does not know who started the tea party.Fuck you!!

  • Butler Reynolds

    Yep, he’s right. I was there. The first Tea Party references I ever saw or heard of were tied to Ron Paul and the series of money bombs.

    Then the GOP jumped in and turned it in to yet another honkey-tonk movement. Oh well.

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