August 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
4 months 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. BLUE

    Both would destroy our country.

    August 12, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. ANNIER

    Rant Paul in one word: "Bircher"....

    August 12, 2014 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. rehabmax

    A fat guy will never be President again. Gone are the Buchanan and Grover Cleveland days.

    August 12, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. Madison

    I would use the more generic scandal. or perhaps corruption.

    For paul it would have o be lightweight, or fraud.

    August 12, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. william fitzwater

    I thought for sure he would say the F-word "Fatman". You thought otherwise tisk , Tisk ...

    August 12, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. franklin

    Can you imagine how entertaining the Republican primary is going to be in 2016? Rand, Chris, Marco, Ted, Rick, maybe even another Bush...It's going to be awesome! Now, if only we could get a serious wing nut or two in the mix...maybe Sarah! I cannot wait!

    August 12, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. ja

    Let the mudslinging begin

    August 12, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. belinda

    Rand Paul , in order to win his Senate election, started a anti Civil Rights Campaign, that rivals any other. He clearly stated on television, that he believed Business's, should have the right to refuse service to African Americans and Hispanics and that he believed and supported it and considered it a Constitutional Right, that is his version of going back to the Good Old Days. He is also a proven plagiarist. A nice way of saying a Liar. If he thinks he has a better chance than Christie, I have news for both of them, they are both rotten choices.

    August 12, 2014 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. saftgek

    How could a reasonable, rational person describe Rand Paul in one word? I certainly cannot do so.

    When I see him, or hear him or his name, I think "Un-American," "Arrogant," "Judgmental," "Self-Absorbed," "Hater," "Self-Deluded," "Out-of-Touch" – – – to name a few.

    He is as vulgar as his father, only Rand Paul does it with a bit more polish.

    August 12, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. manderso2

    Bridges: If Christie gets on one, it falls into the river.

    August 12, 2014 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. RocketJSquirrel

    Rand Paul and Chris Christie do have one word in common. Loser.

    August 12, 2014 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. Rusty Krus

    These guys are going to beat Hillary?

    August 12, 2014 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Bill shine

    The word s "chicken" and "coward" describe Rand Paul, the man too scared to chat with Erica Andiola. Why is he even relevant?

    August 12, 2014 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. luke, AZ

    One is a libertarian and the other is a closet Democrat.

    August 12, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Steve

    A cheap shot by Rand about an ongoing investigation

    August 12, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Rose Sanchez

    One word to describe Rick Perry idiot.

    August 12, 2014 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. tinkansas

    Rand Paul in two words: also ran.

    August 13, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. twalk

    Christie in one word.....pompous

    August 13, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  19. every1knows

    All this just to see who gets to DRIVE the Republican clown car in 2016. Thoughtful Americans already know where Republicans will drive the clown car...........right over a cliff. Paul, Christie, Perry, Santorum, Rubio????? What a bunch of fools (no offense meant to any true, old fashioned clowns out there!)

    August 13, 2014 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  20. Loathstheright

    Oh, this is going to be entertaining....a flip-flopping, fake doctor and a corrupt, huge chicken McNugget going at it.

    August 13, 2014 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  21. randy

    Presidential contenders? Is this really the Republican party now? The party that Lincoln took to the White House is dead. This party is the soulless spawn of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove.

    August 13, 2014 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. RawOkra

    My crystal ball tells me, ReDumbClowns may never win presidency for decades.

    August 13, 2014 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  23. David H. Thoreau

    There is so much to know about Chris Christie. Google "Chris Christie mafia" Then google "Chris Christie Bernie Madoff" Then google "Chris Christie Port Authority funds." Then google "Chris Christie Super Storm Sandy funds," Then try "Chris Christie bully" Then google "Chris Christie Bridgegate" Then you might try " Chris Christie "investigations" or "Chris Christie New Jersey Pensions." Finally for your first session, you might try "Christie Christie impeachment.". This man does not have merely skeletons in his closet. He has graveyards. He is unfit for public trust and should be removed as governor of New Jersey as soon as possible.

    August 13, 2014 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. Kevin

    How about 'swine' 'fatty' 'muffen-top' 'scum', any of those and I'm leaning towards 'swine'.

    August 13, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. Grumpymedic

    The GOP clownfest continues. It's as if they're not even really trying anymore. If I were Republican, I'd be embarrassed.

    August 13, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
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