Paul happy with Palin praise; stays out of Cruz debate
August 13th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
1 year 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
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  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    What a dope. Snooki Palin is the kiss of death. Christie pimp slapped him into submission.

    August 14, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
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