Paul happy with Palin praise; stays out of Cruz debate
August 13th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Paul happy with Palin praise; stays out of Cruz debate

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul welcomed praise from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she's on "Team Rand" when it comes to the recent intraparty feud between the senator from Kentucky and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," Paul also said Tuesday he plans to stay out of the debate over whether his fellow Republican colleague Sen. Ted Cruz would be eligible to run for president.

As for Paul and his recent back-and-forth with Christie, the two have taken part in a high-profile spat in the media over their disagreements regarding government surveillance programs and federal relief aid for Superstorm Sandy victims.

Palin came to Paul's side on Saturday, saying she supports the first term senator because of his "healthy libertarian streak." Christie, she argued, is a "go-along-to-get-along" type of politician who favors more government.

Asked if he was pleased with the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee's praise, Paul said Tuesday, "Absolutely."

"I love an endorsement by Sarah Palin," he continued. "What's not to love?"

The public standoff between Christie and Paul–both potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates–essentially stalled when Christie brushed off an invitation by Paul to sit down and have a beer, saying his re-election bid in the Garden State kept him on a busy schedule.

Paul said Tuesday he was willing to travel to New Jersey to make the beer summit happen.

"I might even buy the beer, and I'm notoriously pretty cheap," he said, adding that he's wanting "to get rid of the grudge."

On another front, his Senate colleague Ted Cruz has stoked speculation of a potential White House bid with his recent trips to early presidential primary voting states. Some, however, question whether Cruz would be eligible to run for president, given that he was born in Canada to an American-born mother and a Cuban-born father.

But Paul said he's not wading into that debate.

"You won't find me questioning his eligibility. I decided a long time ago I wasn't going to be a birther for Democrats. I'm not a birther for Republicans," he said. "I'm staying out of that. Yeah, I'm just staying out of that one."


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Rand Paul • Sarah Palin • Ted Cruz
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Name Uche Agonsi

    Palin is always on the looser's side.

    August 13, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. onlyfacts

    No sorry! If your running for POTUS I want to know where you stand on the fake Obama birther issue and the real Cruz birther issue. You don't get to choose the questions!

    August 13, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Name

    Paul and Palin 2016--Please!!!

    August 13, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Thomas

    "Team Rand"
    Paul / Palin 2016
    The Aqua Buddha and the Mermaid

    August 13, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Name

    Paul/Palin 2016!!! Yes

    August 13, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Name

    He should not stay out of the Cruz birther question....He is a constitutional scholar isn't he?

    August 13, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Rand/Rant 2016!

    August 13, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. LoLo

    Really now?????????? Like Romney, behind closed doors he is singing a different tune.

    August 13, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. geg

    the half governor all-ways pick,s a losing team

    August 13, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. geg

    the usa president should be a product -made in america ,not a import from canada

    August 13, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Rand Paul will stay out of the birthed debate as long as it is a republican and not President Obama. What a limp – wristed hypocrite! Also an endorsement of a flake, by a flake, is no surprise to anyone.

    August 13, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    The Paul's and the Palin's are both famous for two things: INSANITY AND LOSING. It makes all the sense in the world that Sarah would support him. Please TPers send these two losers against the democrats and prepare to weep even harder than you did in 2008 and 2012. They are the best choice to put you where you belong once and for all in the pits of ugly American history.

    August 13, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. rs

    Lightweights unite!

    August 13, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. MaryM

    One Fool endorses another Fool. The clown car is filling up early

    August 13, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. S. B. Stein

    Paul is showing that he is either the welcomes any support or he is accepting of loons who don't understand what is going on in the world. Paul is like his father; an idealist who doesn't understand the real world. He doesn't seem to have the will to understand the foreign policy.

    August 13, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Winston Smith

    Praise from Palin. What a tarnished award that must be.

    August 13, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Tony in Maine

    There are no words publishable that could describe how I feel about Cruz – but he is eligible (though not qualified) to be President of the United States. It would not matter if he were born in Nepal and his father were a yeti, his mother is a US citizen. I either parent is a citizen the child of that union is a citizen of the "natural born" variety.

    August 13, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. Alaskan's who can't stand any of the palins

    Oh great, sarah the quitters suport.
    I like Republican Sen. Rand Paul,
    but with our quitters support I don't plan on seeing his name on the ballot in 2016.

    August 13, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    These GOP gobers have no chance of ever being elected except in the dumbed down red states where they should stay in state dis functional government!!!!! And stay out of Washington !!!!

    August 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. nintex

    I think Christie came out the winner on this one!

    August 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. nixon

    Fools praising fools and neither cruz, palin or rand will ever be president-

    August 13, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  22. Doc1

    Let's see, Palin: 4 colleges and 5 years to earn a journalist degree (which she never really used). Mayor of a couple of small towns, OK.. Quit as governor of one of the smallest states (with regard to population) in the US. Yea, that's a record to be proud of.

    August 14, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  23. Sad

    Christie is a BULLY. He even bullies his own party. Instead of working with his team...he works against it. And even before Sandy...Christie was falling out of graces with National GOP leaders. Christie is playing bravado and anti-republicans...to suit his own Governor re-election. Christie is banking on the fact that the public will back him up fighting EVERYONE...but in the end of the day...GOP leaders are fed up with Christie and wishes he would go away. When you go against your own party frequently and publically...(whether right or wrong)...you are done. Some republicans will make obligatory donations to him...but they won't go overboard bc they have any positive feelings about him. The minute Christie slips just a little in polls....everyone will bail on him. No one will be loyal to him. And if Christie was president...WW3 would commence – literally...bc he would piss off the wrong country out of spite or revenge. He can go after public workers in a state bc there won't be an armed rebellion...but Christie is sick enough and spiteful enough to go after the wrong country.

    August 14, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  24. Gwiz

    the first good thing to come out of his mouth. and just to let u know praise from a half termer isn't praise its suicide for you. every guy likes to look at sarah palin shes hot but she one women who should never talk if she had done that in debates maybe mccain would have won. hows the view of russia from ur backyard?

    August 14, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Yes, KY turkey, because the one person you want on your side is that other crazy from AK. Everyone is staying away from the McCarthy/cruz debate and person because he is not qualified to be president. He can't even be a rep except from the only other teatroll state of Texas and they are pretty much turning purple to blue so good luck.
    BTW – your book "Bullies in Government" (I believe that's the title) fits you and your cronies so well and if anyone is trying to run our lives it's you and your teatrolls. Look in the mirror for bully.

    August 14, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
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