August 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
2 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. stewart

    let em go after each other they only look more and more foolish

    August 13, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. just asking

    A state legislative committee is spearheading an investigation, while federal prosecutors are also reviewing the matter.
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    so where's the beef lefties? there must be hundreds of people engaged in this political witch hunt and smear campaign, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars at the state and federal level. and yet you got nothing, zip, nada, zilch. republicans investigate real issues. democrats investigate traffic jams just so they can try to smear a republican front runner.

    August 13, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. MK

    and the one word for Paul is becoming flip-flopper-so if this is the best the GOP has in total candidates-the word that comes to mind is "clown car"

    August 13, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Thatguy371

    Worse And Worser, showing this weekend at Repub Drive In. Be sure to stock up on hot air at the concession stand.

    August 13, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Pandamonius

    And so Rand fires the first salvo in the quest to completely destroy the Republican's only chance at winning in 2016.

    August 13, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    He's trying to be polite to a potential running mate. The obvious one word answer is, of course, "oops."

    August 13, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Pandamonius

    Rand Paul in a word: "Irrelevant"

    August 13, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    Why does anyone listen to him? He makes no sense.

    August 13, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. tr

    ......and Christy responded..................................mo ron..............

    August 13, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. TiredOfPaying

    You guys ever actually read Ayn Rand? Its the perfect model for the Republican Party. If you are one of the industraliasts then you are able to take all of the profits purely for your own selfish goals. Those pesky workers? Not to be concerned about, and if they dare to demand decent pay or work conditions well.. just burn the world to the ground!

    August 13, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. JerseyJeff78

    As a person from New Jersey, I would like to say the "Bridgegate Scandal" was WAY over played for politics.

    August 13, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Old Enough

    Whoever we elect / reelect must work with the opposing party for the good of the country. The stonewalling and fighting between the parties is childish and is hurting the very citizens they swear to serve.

    August 13, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    “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.”

    Affable but often ineffectual... Really Ayn, Jr. This POTUS has faced nothing but criticism from the opposition from the moment he was elected. A fake eye doctor calling a Harvard Law Professor ineffectual. That's laughable.

    As for Rick Perry and states rights, keep voting him back in and we could be returning to 1860.
    And Rubio. Nothing but a token joke.

    You Mr. States Rights, will never be POTUS. Please nominate him, please. Any Democrat will wipe the floor with him.

    August 13, 2014 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. ObeySparky

    I wonder what that plagiarist would say about himself?

    Both Ron and Rand Paul are crazy as hell.

    August 13, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. yoshimoto

    Christie is a leader ala Teddy Roosevelt who tells it like it is – I can see the GOP turning against him and this is a huge mistake- Christie's blunt talk will attract disgusted young Dem voters who can now see through the hoax that their party perpetuates – but if the GOP chooses a dinosaur like Huckabee or a radical like Cruz or Rand Paul, they will lose once again – and at that point. I will never vote GOP because right now Obama is handing over the elections on a silver platter....

    August 13, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Rand Paul ... "The Are of Pandering" - Chapter 1: Transparent Soapbox Grandstanding

    August 13, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh-oh. Should have been: Rand Paul ... the Art of Pandering.

    [ Heading off now for much needed second cup of coffee ].

    August 13, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. TruthMatters

    If Rand Paul's beliefs and politics are like that of his father I'd vote for him but I haven't been paying attention to know. So far he comes across similar in some respects but still different overall. Clinton is yesterday's news? haha ok. The US needs a President, Congress, and Senate that puts an end to policy decisions based on fear of political/financial reprisal from lobby groups. If there is one thing that is holding the US back and preventing it from achieving it's full potential to be a complete force for good in the world it's the fact that powerful lobby groups have so much control over the country's policies. My understanding of the intention of lobbying is that it allows individuals and groups to try to convince politicians and the government to subscribe to a certain policy by making a good argument for it. This should be done solely on the merits of their proposals. Instead lobby groups have turned into, we'll give $ and political support to you for doing this or we won't give you $ and political support if you don't do it. They basically hold politicians and the US hostage. We need politicians who are brave enough to take on the lobby groups and their supporters in government, as well as a public that is committed enough to voicing their displeasure with lobbying, to voting, to provide financial support to the politicians on the front line.

    August 13, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  19. Anthony

    Paul in one word: Flipper

    August 13, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  20. Jon

    I'm from KY. and simply put Rand Paul amounts to a hill of beans. There was a report on the news that while congress is on summer recess he is back donating his time as an eye surgeon. I think that's great but where is his charitable side when it comes to the Senate? No where to be found.

    August 13, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. basedrum777

    PLEASSSSEEEE nominate Rand. Please. He'll get eaten alive.

    August 13, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Funny. All of those people commenting on the supposed split in the Democratic party between Hillary and Obama are silent on this one? I wonder why? Possibly because this reflects a real split, as opposed to an imagined one? Whenever it comes down to reality vs fantasy, the GOP seems to prefer fantasy.

    August 13, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Anthony

    Rand Paul: I was against the Cvil Rights Act before I was for it. I was against the Americans with Disabilities Act before I was for it. I was against aid to Israel before I was for it. I had no idea that the Southern Avenger was a neo Confederate traitor. Paul has not only flip flopped on multiple issues involving values in 2 years, he also has lied about each flip flop and then been caught on tape. He is either a pathological liar or power mad.

    August 13, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. shaka khan

    It's telling that Paul isn't willing to make a disparaging remark about RickyBobby Perry, one of the fakiest "conservatives" in the nation – is he scared or does he actually admire Perry? Either way, Paul loses.

    August 13, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Rand Paul: Phony Flip Flopper. Wolf in sheeps clothing.

    August 13, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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