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Good Question: What exactly is the Tea Party?

Tuesday night's convincing win by Rand Paul over Trey Grayson for the Republican nod in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race is making news all over the country.

The win is being seen as momentum for the Tea Party Movement.

Good Question: What exactly is the Tea Party?

For the last year more and more of these so called tea parties have been popping up across the country, people fed up with the government and wanting their voices heard.

In Kentucky many found there voice could be heard through U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, who became a symbol of the national movement.

"The biggest thing about the Tea Party is, the top three issues are the deficit, the deficit, the deficit." said Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat.

The Tea Party movement is a reference to the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773 when colonial Americans protested taxation by the British government

Fast forward some two hundred years and frustration again is the reason for protest.

The Tea Party Movement first surfaced in 2009.

The protests formed in response to the wall street bailouts, the stimulus package and most recently health care reform..

As for if it stands a chance of becoming its own political party?

The poster candidate for the movement, Rand Paul told the CBS Early Show Tuesday that he thinks it will not be, but it does have influence.

The T-E-A in Tea Party also can stand for "Taxed Enough Already."


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