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Franklin, TN - Rand Paul Hits Back At Christie Over Surveillance

Published on: July 28, 2013 09:46 PM
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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 21, 2013.<br />
Credit: Reuters/Jason ReedSenator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 21, 2013.
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Franklin, TN - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hit back at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the two Republicans’ ongoing spat over national security.

Christie last weak criticized Paul’s opposition to warrantless federal surveillance programs, saying it harmed efforts to prevent terrorism. Paul told reporters after speaking at a fundraiser outside Nashville on Sunday that Christie’s position hurts GOP chances in national elections, and that spending priorities of critics like the governor and Rep. Peter King of New York do more to harm national security.

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“They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now.’” Paul said, referring to federal funding after the hurricane last year. “Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”

King in a phone interview late Sunday called Paul’s criticism of Sandy aid “indefensible.”

“This was absolutely life or death money that was essential to New York and New Jersey,” King said.

Christie, at a forum in Colorado on Thursday, pointed to a “strain of libertarianism” coursing through both parties as a “very dangerous thought” more than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks. Christie was asked whether he was referring to Paul, a fellow potential Republican presidential candidate who has been at the forefront of the party’s libertarian wing.

“You can name any number of people and he’s one of them,” said Christie. “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”

Paul on Sunday rejected arguments that the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of U.S. phone and Internet records are necessary to prevent terrorism.

“I don’t mind spying on terrorists,” he said. “I just don’t like spying on all Americans.”

Paul said the issue resonates particularly with young people, a key demographic Republicans need to attract in order to succeed in national elections.

“If you talk about some privacy issues like that, I think you will find youth coming to you,” said Paul, who said his own decision on whether to run for president won’t come until next year.

King called that argument misguided.

“When it comes to natural defense, we shouldn’t be pandering to any demographic,” he said. “We need to do what’s best for the country.”

Messages left with Christie’s office late Sunday were not immediately returned.

As for the back-and-forth with Christie, Paul said he wasn’t the one itching for a fight.

“I didn’t start this one and I don’t plan on starting things by criticizing other Republicans,” he said. “But if they want to make me the target, they will get it back in spades.”


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 Jul 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Bargain dentistry work, Rand.

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 Jul 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM cynic Says:

(quoting from the V. story above):
King called that argument misguided.
“When it comes to natural defense, we shouldn’t be pandering to any demographic..."
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methinks the phrase he used was "national defense".

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 Jul 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM hashomer Says:

Rand is a dangerous isolationist, who claims to be a libertarian but who has close ties to the evangelical xtian far right. Papa Ron Paul is a virulent Israel hater. Beware these guys.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM concerned_Jew Says:

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hashomer Says:

Rand is a dangerous isolationist, who claims to be a libertarian but who has close ties to the evangelical xtian far right. Papa Ron Paul is a virulent Israel hater. Beware these guys.

That is absolute bs. Christie is for bigger and bigger government just like Obama. Paul is one of the most sensible people in the government. He has my vote. I'd like to see him president. You NY people are so poisoned by taking from the government you are addicted to government. I say less government, less control, let the people have liberty!

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM Anonymous Says:

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concerned_Jew Says:

That is absolute bs. Christie is for bigger and bigger government just like Obama. Paul is one of the most sensible people in the government. He has my vote. I'd like to see him president. You NY people are so poisoned by taking from the government you are addicted to government. I say less government, less control, let the people have liberty!

Liberty is not a stripped down safety net. Good luck.

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 02:10 PM yonasonw Says:

I just love it when the rightists fight amongst themselves ;-)

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 Jul 29, 2013 at 05:23 PM charliehall Says:

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concerned_Jew Says:

That is absolute bs. Christie is for bigger and bigger government just like Obama. Paul is one of the most sensible people in the government. He has my vote. I'd like to see him president. You NY people are so poisoned by taking from the government you are addicted to government. I say less government, less control, let the people have liberty!

If you want less government, I hear Somalia has very lenient immigration rules.

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