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Ayn Rand Beats Out Rick Santelli as First Teapartyer: Gary Weiss

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The origins of the Tea Party are usually traced to Rick Santelli’s televised rant, which took place on Feb. 19, 2009 -- by coincidence exactly 83 years to the day after Ayn Rand first set foot on American soil. A few anti-tax, anti-government rallies preceded the Santelli tirade, but he and his immediate predecessors usually get the nod for originating the movement.

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