By Joshua Altman - 12/09/11 10:21 PM EST
Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich for not being a true conservative.
“He supported a position that is diametrically opposed to the Tea Party,” Paul said of Gingrich’s support of the bank bailouts.
Paul continued that another significant hurdle for Gingrich to overcome is his support of the individual mandate in healthcare, adding, “He has been for the individual mandate — that takes away a big issue for us against the president.”
Paul wrote an op-ed in The Des Moines Register concluding, “Gingrich is not from the tea party. He is not even a conservative.”
Gingrich has been the subject of attacks from his fellow candidates including Paul’s father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), since he surged to the front of the polls.