Rand Paul: Christie threw a 'tantrum'
January 18th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul: Christie threw a 'tantrum'

(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.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Live2BFree

    Chris Christie is a democrat at heart. He sucks and CNN sucks!

    January 18, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. Frank

    Why a does he not change and become a communist? Sorry socialist?

    January 19, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Why Bother

    Are people so clueless as to not being able to distinguish between having security by choice and by necessity? There is truth in Christie's statement that as children of public figures, their children do not have the luxury of refusing security. If the President's children are kidnapped of ANY President, the kidnappers could demand terrible things of our country.

    If you want police officers in every school in this nation, then you might as well move to a country that is a police state. This is how it starts... The US is not one nor will it become one if we wish to preserve the freedoms both parties hold so dear.

    NRA stands for National Rifle Association, not National Gun Association nor National Firearms Association. It would also help if people would stop equating their hunting rifles with semi-auto assault rifles.

    January 19, 2013 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  4. goodbyeyellowbricks

    Talk is cheap. Obama has done some good things. All these negative posts have no substance. No facts, nothing to back up their talk. Most seem to forget Congress plays a role , as well.

    January 19, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  5. Thomas

    Rand Punk Paul ,

    And he thinks he might run for the white house in 2016.

    January 19, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  6. RhiannonRay

    To say, as an earlier commenter did, that congress and the GOP isn't working with Obama because they are racist has got to be the stupidist comment every posted on here. The only ones who are playing the race card are the president himself, and his sattelites, because they can never let anyone forget that he is our first black president. It is not the color of his skin that anyone ever objected to, but rather, his party's ridiculously liberal, platform. It is absurd to say, as so many do, that everytime someone disagrees with any of his policies they are racist.

    January 19, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  7. Meech204

    Christie is a bully who is cries like a baby when he doesn't get his way. He should move to the other party before he gets thrown out.

    January 19, 2013 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  8. Cam Spurgeon

    Rand is more than racist maybe a little off , kind of strange and semms intent on making noise rather than sense. I think Christy is one of the few voices of reason left in the GOP.Depending on candidates, I could vote for this man.

    January 19, 2013 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  9. Paul D. Wood

    Yes, please do let our emotions dictate our actions in our life and leadership of the states. Because following one's premeditated and reasoned convictions is the real problem. /s

    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.

    If you actually watched the 'debate' on the bill, you'd notice a trend that it was more about emotional desire than it was about calculated responses; and one must remember that if we let our emotions drive our actions we will never learn to 'respond' rather than 'react.' And until we make that distinction, becoming truly happy is all but a fleeting state of mind.

    For Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness

    January 19, 2013 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  10. Paul D. Wood

    Yes, please do let our emotions dictate our actions in our life and leadership of the states. Because following one's premeditated and reasoned convictions is the real problem. /s
    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.
    If you actually watched the 'debate' on the bill, you'd notice a trend that it was more about emotional desire than it was about calculated responses; and one must remember that if we let our emotions drive our actions we will never learn to 'respond' rather than 'react.' And until we make that distinction, becoming truly happy is all but a fleeting state of mind.

    For Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness

    January 19, 2013 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  11. Kathy

    Rand Paul is a whimp. I'd love to see him be the leader of the republican party. Can you say 12 more years of Democratic Party rule?

    January 19, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  12. Jerry

    One politician (Paul Rand) that always tells IT like IT is. Right on! Always looking out for the middle class and America's well being.

    Maybe the Bully/Liar-in-Chief should (could) share a beer with him and, HOPEFULLY, learn something.

    I will not hold my breath, though...

    January 19, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  13. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Paul is one of the biggest failures in the gop bafoons party !!!!

    January 19, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  14. ibmlucia

    Gov Christie is standing up for those STILL suffering after Sandy. HE CARES!!! What I would like to have MADE PUBLIC is the names of congressmen who added "pork" to the first Sandy relief bill to a repair museum roof, give tax money/credits/breaks to NASCAR, AMTRAK, Alaska Fisheries, new cars for federal agencies, and KSC repairs. NOTHING to do Sandy relief. THIS is the downfall of this Congress. They have no consideration for us, the American people. I know I'm not the smartest person but I have suggestions on where to make some spending cuts – let's start with foreign aid – WE cannot continue to give $ away to others when those dollars are needed HERE IN THE USA!. Just saying. . . .

    January 19, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  15. Tim

    I live in NJ and used to like Christie but he has turned out to be a self serving RINO. He needs to think before opening his mouth. I don't mind him telling it like it is but sometimes he lies about the "Like it Is' part. The NRA ad talked about the Obama kids but wasn;t directed toward them. If the self serving fat head would have taken a moment it was illustrating the fact and irony that all these public servants have protection for their children but think it is a bad idea for us to have the same for our kids. BTW a couple of jerks before me commented on Rand Pauil being racist...It is time to stop using that as a crutch every time someone disagrees with you sniveling Liberals.

    January 19, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  16. Charles

    Rand Paul is one of the only true men in American Politics that we have left. I'm glad to see so many conservatives come together and even some liberals for the support of our second amendment. Obama is just using this crisis to try and turn this country into another nazi germany and the people will not allow it to happen.

    January 19, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  17. sick of republican phonies

    Run, Paul, run!!! You will garner even less support than daddy Paul!

    January 19, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  18. sick of republican phonies

    Lib: "Rand Paul will never be one third of the man Chris is." I beg to differ. At 160 lbs. he is already 1/3 the man CC is.

    January 19, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. clarke

    But Christie is honest when he speaks, and he is human. more than I can say for Paul.

    January 19, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. sick of republican phonies

    Lib: On Rand Paul: " How he won is beyond me." Simple answer: KENTUCKY.

    January 19, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. AEJ

    Rand Paul for President – what a calamity? Stupidity is in order. Tea Party President??? Tea Party is at 8% rating.
    Their sole purpose was to defeat the president and when this did not happen, they no longer exist. Sore Loser!!!

    January 19, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. babli

    Rand Paul is a joke

    January 19, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Richard Cooper

    Ok, so being a citizen in the state of NJ for all my life, I could safely say that Chris Christie is a mediocre politician. Ok, and I experience his motives and methods as a politician. We all do, our families, everyone who lives here. With that being said, I also followed Ron Paul during his presidential campaign, and I have had hours upon hours of research, devoted to him and his son, Rand. Believe it or not, most people bash them simply because our modern day society believes in all these morals and standards that have developed over the last 15 years, while Rand and Ron Paul believe in the things that brought us to this point. Freedom. If there's one thing I have learned in the past few years of research and attending rallies, etc, is that the people of this country need to vote for someone who is willing to take the heat, and to take huge amounts of criticism without changing their motives while in office, which is just about what EVERY politician does these days. Rand and Ron Paul have a solid history that is completely out in the open, you can read everything about them, and they are not the type of people that you could ever find risk within. Taking a risk means doing something and not knowing how the results will be. With Rand and Ron Paul, unlike 99% of politicians, you can have transparency and clarity and for once, completely understand what they want to do as leaders. The more we know about our politicians and leaders, the more we understand and feel safe, or at least feel like we can do something about what's going on. How many people these days feel like their vote is wasted? Like they're completely powerless over the government? I think most of us do. If we have people like the Paul's in office, we will be able to make choices as a society rules by the people, not Big Brother. I know it's hard to accept, but regardless of the little things that bother you about these people, you must first understand that in order to get what you want, make choices, and be free, you have to first have someone in office who will ALLOW such things to occur. Feel me? Start from the bottom of the ladder when climbing up. Don't vote for these sugar coated celebrity figures. We don't know nearly half as much about our president as we should. The Paul's, along with other fighter's for freedom, are clear as day, and will be more than happy to own up to any of their personal views. That is something that is incredibly rare in politics, and should be considered before smashing their ideas to the ground.

    January 19, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Indy

    Curly top should be back in Ky tending to his own home-grown little monster son.

    January 19, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Grahame Rhodes

    Losing little twerp. I feel sorry for anybody else who happens to be called Rand. Oh I suppose that would be Ayn Rand. Give all the money to the rich syndrome. Rand Paul has as much integrity as George W Bush. ie None at what so ever.

    January 19, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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