(CNN) – While other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates have dived into the feud between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is treading water.
When asked about his stance on the spat at a governors summit in Milwaukee on Friday, Walker did not take a side.
“I don’t know that you could put me in either camp, precisely,” Walker told the Washington Post, adding that he thought dialogue between the two was important.
Christie criticized the libertarian perspective on national security July 25 at a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colorado, and called out Paul for criticizing the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
After Paul fired back at Christie over federal disaster relief spending, other GOP leaders mentioned in the 2016 presidential conversation began taking sides.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz defended Paul’s position with regard to protecting civil liberties, while Rep. Peter King of New York sided with Christie.
Walker was on the panel with Christie in Aspen when he first commented on the libertarian view of national security. Despite his noncommittal response on Friday, one of Walker’s comments last week minimized the libertarian influence on the larger Republican position on national security.
“I don’t see that shift, I see a few loud and vocal people talking about it in Washington,” Walker said. “I don’t think that reflects where the party is.”
Walker also criticized Washington politicians’ inability to work together in a statement on the National Governors Association summer meeting, the three-day policy summit in Milwaukee that has attracted a bipartisan group of governors including Christie and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland.
“While Washington is gridlocked most days, states are not,” Walker said in a statement. “Governors are focused on finding solutions to our most pressing challenges.”