August 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
1 month ago

Rand Paul on Chris Christie in one word: 'Bridges'

(CNN) - They're at it again.

Rand Paul was asked in a recent interview to name one word when he thinks of fellow Republican Chris Christie.

"Bridges?" he said with a knowing grin during a sit-down with KET's Bill Goodman.

The Kentucky senator’s dig marks the latest round in the back-and-forth between the two potential presidential contenders - a feud started last year in a war of words about surveillance and government spending.

Christie’s administration has been rocked by scandal over suggestions top appointees orchestrated the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last year – causing big traffic tie ups - as political payback for a local mayor who did not back the governor’s reelection.

A state legislative committee is spearheading an investigation, while federal prosecutors are also reviewing the matter.

Although there is no evidence that Christie was involved, the scrutiny and the resulting controversy continues to dog him. It has also raised questions about his leadership and forceful governing style that has been popular with New Jersey voters.

Paul was also asked to briefly describe other potential White House rivals, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another conservative with whom Paul has recently sparred.

"It's hard to put it in one word," Paul said. "I like the fact that he has been for more power for states and for less government in his state. We have some disagreements on some other things.

Hillary Clinton? "Yesterday's news," he said.

Barack Obama? "Affable but often ineffectual."

Marco Rubio? "Thoughtful and part of the answer to making our party bigger - a good, new face for our party."

Paul on bridge scandal: People shouldn't feel bullied by govt.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Rand Paul
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Folks with working brains on Rand Paul in one word: Plagiarist.

    FIFY

    August 12, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Folks with working brains on Rand Paul in 4 words: Cut Aid to Israel.

    FIFY

    August 12, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Folks with working brains on Rand Paul in one word: Fake.

    FIFY

    August 12, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Because Bridgeghazi.

    August 12, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Little Ayn Rand Paul and big fat bully boy. The best the GOP has to offer!

    August 12, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. rs

    Mr. Paul's role heading towards the GOP's convention in Cleveland is now clear....comic relief.

    August 12, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    -Are these the guys vying for WH bid? These guys are not even qualified to be cooks in WH kitchen. GOP is gone to dogs.

    August 12, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bridges? What bridges? I thought Republicans didn't care about any stinking bridges.
    Bwahahahahahahaha!!
    Yum yum, it him up!

    August 12, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Rusty Krus

    Paul, the big tough guy who ran away from a young Latina lady trying to speak to him.

    August 12, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @rs: "Mr. Paul's role heading towards the GOP's convention in Cleveland is now clear....comic relief."

    Maybe he'll recite another mangled limerick like he did at the recent repub “Fancy Farm” picnic and rally.

    Such a literary guy, dontcha know...

    August 12, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Paul just couldn't help himself...Gov Christie is a big and easy target.

    August 12, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Throwing the big guy under the bus already? Weren't they holding hands just a week or so ago? Danced around the Cuban water boy.
    As far as Obama and Hillary, what's he going to say, they can beat me without really trying?
    Two words when I think of paulie girl from now on, hamburger runner.

    August 12, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Smitty

    And the repubs wonder whats wrong with their party !!!

    August 12, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Joe

    Rand Paul is the new owner of the phrase, "I was for it before I was against it."

    August 12, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Frost

    He is better than the alternatives

    August 12, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Rolph Cramden

    CNN – Certainly Not News! More like Hollywood Insider or Enquirer.

    Where are the aliens? Oh, I forgot they are all in DC.

    August 12, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. alex

    Perry doesn't like the American government in his state? Hah – that's rich! Perry is the poster child for governors who are always asking Obama for help.

    August 12, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. dzerres

    the one word for Rand Paul: rug (and bad one at that).

    August 12, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Rick

    One word for Rick Perry: "Oops"

    August 12, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Britannia

    He's obviously hedging his bets on Perry. I could certainly think of several one-word descriptions but decline stating them here for security reasons!

    August 12, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. CALIFORNIA

    Obama in one word, SCANDAL.

    August 12, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. jmarklane@gmail.com

    "Although there is no evidence that Christie was involved..."

    This is an absurdly irresponsible statement for a news agency to make. No evidence? Do you even know what the word "evidence" means? There is a TON of evidence that "Christie was involved." God, you people have gone downhill in terms of journalistic standards. It's pathetic.

    August 12, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. Bid Bob

    Interesting that you used Christie as your headline and not Obama : Ineffectual or Clinton : Yesterday's news. I did not know that Christie was a bigger headline grabber than the other two? Interesting choice.

    August 12, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Carol

    Rand Paul in one word: flipflop

    August 12, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Carol

    Rand Paul in one word: plagiarism

    August 12, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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