Rendell says the size of Tea Party rallies don't merit the media attention they receive.

"Look, when they had the rally...against the health care bill in Washington, they drew 1,000 people. On tax day they drew 1,500 people. If I called a rally for stronger laws for puppies, I could get 100,000 people to Washington just like that," Rendell told Fox and Friends this morning.

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(Estimates vary for the size of Tea Party crowds. Organizers would probably dispute Rendell's numbers.)

Rendell told his Fox News interviewers that their network is more responsible for riling up anger in the country than the Tea Partiers.

"I would say you guys deserve more credit for marshalling that anger than the tea partiers do," Rendell said. "I'm being serious....And I think it's your right to do so."