Tea party favorite Allen West is ready to report to duty as the nationally recognized leader of the tea party movement.

On Friday’s broadcast of the “O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly invited West on to discuss the “fierce debate and war” happening inside the GOP over the tea party, and asked the former congressman from Florida if he is willing to lead the movement.

O’Reilly identified New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as representing the moderate faction at loggerheads with U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

He also pointed out that “tea party guy” Ken Cuccinelli lost his bid for governor in Virginia on Tuesday, while Christie won reelection easily in New Jersey.

The two agreed that the perception of the tea party is shaped by a hostile media.

“There is no spokesperson for the tea party, it’s fragmented by design, it’s a state run grassroots movement and there’s nobody to really fight back on the national level to get the message out that the tea party isn’t a subversive organization,” O’Reilly said.

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