(CNN) – Could a primary battle already be underway for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination?
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took a swipe at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday for his recent attacks against the National Rifle Association. Paul further argued the outspoken governor threw a "tantrum" when he recently criticized lawmakers in Washington over the Superstorm Sandy relief package.
Neither elected official has shot down the idea of running for president in 2016, fueling speculation that both are mulling a White House bid.
In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Paul mentioned Christie as an example of a high-profile Republican who's not standing up for Second Amendment rights in the ongoing gun control debate.
Christie made headlines Thursday for going off about a new NRA political attack ad that makes mention of the president's children. Calling the commercial "reprehensible," Christie said the organization lost credibility with the spot.
Paul, however, said Christie was hurting his own party.
"You have some Republicans backing down like Christie backing down and criticizing the NRA, and I think that doesn't do us any good," Paul said. "So I think Republicans do need to stand more firmly on this issue."
Asked why he thought Christie was going after the NRA, Paul said the governor may be trying to shore up votes for a potential bid down the road. He also pointed to Christie's biting comments against House Speaker John Boehner earlier this month for delaying a vote in the House on the $60 billion-plus federal aide package for Superstorm Sandy.
"I think he may be solidifying his support with Democrats in New Jersey and maybe liberal Republicans. If he wishes to do something nationally, I think criticizing the Second Amendment movement and the over-the-top, 'give me my money' stuff, 'I want all sixty billion now or I'll throw a tantrum'–I don't think that's going to play well in the Republican primary."
Paul argued that Republicans took issue with how the bill was being funded, not the purpose of the bill, itself.
"I think people need to think through what their positions on these things are," he said.
Christie is his own man first and a Republican second. He is the real deal and not "married" to the fanatical right. The Republicans should be kissing his hand. He is currently the best thing they have.
When will you all realize that it isn't about representing "the party" it is about representing THE PEOPLE. You call Christie a RINO, but he isn't he is a moderate and a moderate taking care of HIS people. You say it is about "smaller govt", but it isn't if it was every bill passed would not have been as intrusive on the people and an individual person. You cannot tell me that house didn't pass Sandy relief because of concerns of "pork", they didn't pass it because they were PO'd at Christie for not towing the "we hate the president and everything he does" line when he made nice after the hurricane.
Christie has shown himself to be a RINO, period.
NJ deserves Corzine Part Duex.
Mr. Paul will never get my vote. Mr. Christie will and I am not a member of the GOP. I also own guns and have never been nor ever had a desire to belong to the NRA and never will.
Funny, when Rand does it, he's being passionately "committed". Or maybe he's just drunk lime Jr.
Perhaps Christie is planing a switch to the Democratic party. He is sounding off like there is a change in the wind. He sounds just like the Pennsylvania Senator that crossed over the Isle a few years ago, his name fails me.
Christie put the people of his state suffering from a natural disaster over party politics. Good human being, bad Republican.
I would love to see Rand Paul standing among destroyed houses in NJ and explain to people who lost their homes and everything they own how important it is for them to take personal responsibility for their lives, and that they just had to be homeless a little while longer while Congress debated technicalities. Please, Paul, show us how passionately you care about this.
Gov Christi calling out the extremist like the NRA and Rand Paul. Bravo Gov Christi
"Rand Paul will never be one third of the man Chris is."
This is literally true.
Rand Paul himself can only speak in tantrums. The voice of reason and common sense is completely foreign to him, but what else to expect? he is the poster boy of the extreme and rigid TP.
The gop bafoon party doesn't need any help from christi to hurt itself when it has a bafoon like rand ( dufus ) Paul to do it for them .
come on cnn rand paul is an extremist thats what libatarians are if they were the real conservitives they woul be in place of the gop today with a bigger party . they are a fringe groub of the far right and rand paul is an ass hole .as simple as that hes an idiot guns are more importand than the lives of innocents to that tosser.
" I only voted for the politicians who support our Second Amendment Right". I bet you are clueless what the rest of the Amendment says.
Rand Paul who? To say he casts a small shadow is an insult to shadows everywhere.
If conservatives/Republicans are paying attention, then Christie should be a pariah. He betrayed Romney twice during the campaign, and is still sabotaging the Republican party. Christie is a Democrat whether he will admit it, or not. All you have to do is look at all of the libtards on this thread attacking Rand to recognize that he isn't one of "ours."
Rand is a real conservative. Christie might as well be a Democrat. He screams at his own party over his relief bill not getting passed and ignores the fact that Democrats weighed it down with tons of extra spending. Then he goes after the NRA just for raising a simple question about hypocrisy in Washington, and ignores Obama bringing kids on stage while he signs executive orders. Everything is fair game for liberals and everything a conservative does is outrageous. Oh and Len, please tell me how Rand Paul is a racist. Is it just because he disagrees with you? Seems like you guys have redefined that word.
You will never be like your father, Ron.
I would have gladly voted for RON Paul. I will not vote for his son.
jinx88 I have a better shot at getting the GOP nomination than Rand Paul. What a joke but the again I hope he gets the nomination. He might get 10 thousand votes from the tea baggers in the 2016 election to 600 million votes that the Democrat nomination will get.
January 18, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
Well, there are only 300 million Americans, but with what I heard was going on this last time around it wouldn't surprise me if the Democrats got 600 million "votes".
Wake up People! Christy vs Paul..... While I would NEVER vote for either of them, I think Christy has burned his bridges with the GOP. They are pi$$ed at him. I'm cool with that because I would rather they ran Rand, the bigot that doesn't believe in civil rights, Paul. That would ensure a democratic victory in 2016. Go Rand!!
Doesn't believe in civil rights? Lol. I don't think any of you Democrats actually know anything about politics. It seems like you just picked the blue team because it was your favorite color.
If conservatives/Republicans have been conscious, Christie should be a pariah. He betrayed Romney and his party twice leading up to the election, and he continues to attack "his own party." It may be fun to see him slap down dimwitted reporters, but the truth is, whether he admits, it or not, he a Democrat. All of the Democrats attacking Paul should be proof of that.
Rand Paul should think about not taking guns to airports. Or locking up the liquor so under age kids don't get into it.
Have proof of that Len, or is it that you are a typical liberal idiot who drops the race card to demonize someone who doesnt believe in the garbage you do..
Christie is not like the rest of the republicans who only say what they expect their party wants them to say. Christie has shown himself to be a free thinker (that's outside the republican box) and they just can't stand that one of there own would are buck the system. Rand Paul says that Christie is hurting the republican party. Excuse me Paul, but it is your type that is hurting you because of your non bending stance against the president.
As for Christie, he is a real politician, he will do everything to insure him getting re-elected again as with most.
Ran Paul has stayed the same, and has never gone against the rights of Americans or to screw the majority by bowing to political correctness.
People who are politcally correct are racist.
Christie would make a much stronger candidate though he acts like a caricature of himself. If he's serious about running the first thing any help-me-run guy would say is lose a hundred pounds, so if we see him slimming we'll know he's serious. Rand Paul would be particularly insane Republican candidate and it would be interesting to see him self-destruct on camera.