Walker sidesteps Christie-Paul question
August 2nd, 2013
08:04 PM ET
9 months ago

Walker sidesteps Christie-Paul question

(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.”


Filed under: Chris Christie • Rand Paul • Scott Walker
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Now that I have stopped laughing about ths guy running for president . . . I can now call him a spineless, yellow belled coward.
    As far as governors finding solutions to the most pressing challenges. All that the red governors have done so far is go after women's reproductive rights and this fool in particular wanted police, firemen and teachers to lose their jobs.
    I wonder if the Boston marathon bombing had happened in WI how would he have handled it.
    Once again the Canadian from texas up front and crazy. Does this moron even know what civil rights are? He seems to want to take them away so I guess he is clueless, just like that turkey lite paul.

    August 2, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. MaryM

    Walker is irrelevant. Why ask him anything

    August 2, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. anthony deisla

    Its good to see these two take a stance on issues. that is something democrats are too chicken to do. they dancearound issues and thats including the * great * one hillary clinton

    August 2, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. @RI_Roger

    I agree with Governor Walker, you don't need to take sides in every debate like the media would like. The media's objective is to drive more "Hits' to their website and create more advertising dollars and profits. If your a responsible libertarian, republican or independent voter, this is a healthy debate to educate yourself; unlike progressives and democrats who feel they need to always be in lock step and spew out caucus talking points.... what has that gotten us over the last 5 years.

    Personally I think the debate between Christie and Paul is a demonstration of personal values, principles and conviction. "Going along to get along" is a concept that will not foster the best ideas and will drive this country further away from greatness.... leave it for the democrats.

    August 3, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  5. rs

    Walker is another TEA tyrant, naturally he doesn't want to comment on the embarrassment of Paul vs. Christie. First, he'd look just as idiotic as Paul did, and second, TEA creatures hate it when their logic get overturned. The sad thing is a bright 5 year old can do that.
    Frankly though- that sort of discussion between what might be called the "old GOP" and their radical brethren is a good thing- as long as the TEA nuts wind up getting put the the John Birch Society of old- back in the box.

    August 3, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. sammy750

    Walker would never get votes to win again. Now he is going to destroy the police and fireman union he said last week. He has destroy WISC as have other Republican Governors. No voter in their right mind would vote for Walker again.

    August 3, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. wendel

    love to see these clowns at each others throats. When will the republican party come up with a real candidate.? All these idiots put together have an IQ of about 10 which is the same as congresses approval rating. Now the are all on vacation after trying to knock down the affordable care act for the fortieth time. They have no agenda and no Ideas that will help the middle class. Better off on vacation where they can do no harm.

    August 3, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |