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. rufus

    All the snarky comments are telling. Progressives are fearful their big government nirvana dream may be coming to an end.

    August 13, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Yes Journalism

    I'm sure the rest of the interview was hard hitting questions, but we'll never know with this article. CNN has chosen to focus on the elementary word association game. I don't completely blame CNN, if they let a politician ramble on they'll just spew the same talking points as designated by their super PAC.

    I'm surprised Rand took the question, usually he shrugs off these types of questions.

    August 13, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Norma Vessels

    If I was to think of one word for Rand Paul, it would be "plagiarism"

    August 13, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Brett Morgen

    fat

    August 13, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Grumpster

    The world to Rand Paul in one word "NUT."

    August 13, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Dee

    When you have political men already being looked at as being dishonest, it would be very hard to think that we should put anyone like this in office. We the people are so misrepresented already that this would just make the government a larger tumor. We need honest men/women that are not lawyers to come into office and start to represent the people who pay for this government.

    August 13, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Seattle Sue

    One word for Rand Paul. Weird.

    August 13, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Arrakis

    What's the difference between Rand Paul and Sarah Palin? Lipstick.

    August 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Jerky August 13, 2014 06:20 am

    Like either of these two have a chance. The GOP can only pander to white, rich, christian people.
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    ...and don't forget those who envy them.

    The biggest problem with Republicans can be summed up in their own self analysis. "We need to expand the tent." They don't need to expand the tent, and indoctrinate more people to their way of thinking. They need to open up the tent and let some fresh air into it. They need to take walk outside of the tent and see the real world for change. Unfortunately, the very qualities that make them conservatives makes it impossible for them to do either of those things.

    August 13, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Jerky August 13, 2014 06:20 am

    Like either of these two have a chance. The GOP can only pander to white, rich, christian people.
    --------–
    ...and don't forget those who envy them.

    The biggest problem with Republicans can be summed up in their own self analysis. "We need to expand the tent." They don't need to expand the tent, and indoctrinate more people to their way of thinking. They need to open up the tent and let some fresh air into it. They need to take walk outside of the tent and see the real world for change. Unfortunately, the very qualities that make them conservatives makes it impossible for them to do either of those things.
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    But people will run to the tent when a crisis looms. That is why every success that Dems claim is turned around to create the fear of hidden, secret pending disaster. None ever comes to be and the fear remains, and so some desperate votes.

    August 13, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Steve

    If Sen. Paul believes Ms. Clinton is "yesterday's news", he needs to become better informed. Like her or not, she is news.

    August 13, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Longtimer

    just asking

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

    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.
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    Funny, we've been asking the same about Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, the ACA, Syria, Libya, Egypt and all of the other made up GOP tales from beyond which have no substance at all.

    August 13, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. IvoteDemocrat

    "Unwinnable" is what I think of when I think of the GOP candidates running for president.

    August 13, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. rs

    Christie is a leader ala Teddy Roosevelt who tells it like it is –
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    Sorry- TR was the last GREAT Republican President. Christie isn't a patch for his chaps. TR was a dyed in the wool progressive who fought corporations and trusts, and promoted federal standards for food, workers and more. There isn't a GOPper alive today that comes anywhere close, least of all Mr. Christie who could only charge a dinner, certainly not San Juan hill.

    August 13, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Jackson

    rufus
    All the snarky comments are telling. Progressives are fearful their big government nirvana dream may be coming to an end.

    ______________

    Conservatives love to say they want less government in our everyday lives. However, attempting to regulate what a woman can do with her uterus and who can and can't get married is MORE government involvement, not less. So, until conservatives can get their words to match their actions, people like you really can't complain about the other side of the aisle, can you?

    August 13, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Jackson

    Yes Journalism
    I'm sure the rest of the interview was hard hitting questions, but we'll never know with this article. CNN has chosen to focus on the elementary word association game. I don't completely blame CNN, if they let a politician ramble on they'll just spew the same talking points as designated by their super PAC.

    I'm surprised Rand took the question, usually he shrugs off these types of questions.

    ______________

    They told you which network, and which journalist, conducted the interview. So, you *could* have researched it for yourself.

    But, that wasn't your goal, was it? You didn't want to know what the rest of the interview was. You were only interested in taking a shot at CNN. If you had wanted the answers to your question, they were readily available to you.

    August 13, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Boomer in Mo

    Rand Paul: Self-involved

    August 13, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Why is Rand Paul traveling to a foreign country, Guatemala(?), to donate his services as an eye surgeon? Why doesn't he help the needy here in America, too? Could it be that he's not properly licensed to practice in the U.S.?

    August 13, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Ralph in Orange Park FL

    "Idiot". I was thinking about Rand Paul.

    August 13, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. excuse my rant

    Rudy NYC
    Why is Rand Paul traveling to a foreign country, Guatemala(?), to donate his services as an eye surgeon? Why doesn't he help the needy here in America, too? Could it be that he's not properly licensed to practice in the U.S.?
    ______________________
    That is an aspect that I love to mention to anyone that claims government regulation is always bad. I mention the licenses for physicians, child labor laws, usury laws, antitrust laws, on and on.

    August 13, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "That is an aspect that I love to mention to anyone that claims government regulation is always bad. I mention the licenses for physicians, child labor laws, usury laws, antitrust laws, on and on."

    To which they love to ignorantly reply that "all of those things are not necessary for the gov't to do because the free market would see to it that only the good physicians get customers, that businesses who engage in child labor are boycotted, that usurious lenders are ignored" etc. etc. etc. Which, of course, completely and utterly ignores that those laws and governmental "interference" was necessary because the 'free market" wasn't taking care of it like they claim it would. Hack physicians were getting people killed with infection or performing unnecessary procedures, child labor was abusive and pervasive, loan sharking was rampant, etc. But see, there's a level of brain damage involved here that's pretty striking: the gov't and laws come in to fix things and once they're fixed, the GOP/Teatrolls' ideology flips a switch in their heads that tells them that it means those laws are no longer necessary. You can see it all the way to the top with SCOTUS decisions like the recent one that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act, which they essentially based on the idea that "the law did what it was supposed to do so and there isn't all that much voter discrimination and suppression in these areas anymore, so the law is no longer necessary." So poof, they throw out the umbrella, thinking "I'm not getting wet, so that must mean I don't need this umbrella over my head anymore," and surprise surprise it immediately starts raining voter suppression laws in the red states. Brain. Damage.

    August 13, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Joe

    EVEN Rand Paul can see through the slimy, used car salesman that Chris Christie is. My apologies to used car salesmen for that comparison, because Chris Christie is so many levels of slime above them.

    August 13, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Paul

    "Although there is no evidence that Christie was involved, the scrutiny and the resulting controversy continues to dog him."
    CNN is slanting this article. There is no evidence YET that Christie was involved. Whether or not there is evidence that he directly gave the order to close the access lanes, Christie certainly bears responsibility. He chose the people who worked for him and he set the tone for how his office was supposed to work. If he didn't know what his aides were doing he bears responsibility because he is an incompetent manager. The only question is whether or not Christie will run for president from prison.

    August 13, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. ritmocojo

    @ just asking:

    You righties just can't scandal the truth, can you? And you seem to feel very much at home on derange.

    August 13, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Vince

    The word to describe Rand Paul is "hypocrite". He loves to scream and yell about the "takers" and being "Taxed Enough Already", meanwhile, Kentucky receives $1.51 in Federal funding for every dollar it's residents are taxed, while those of us in the Northeast receive an average of $0.65 per dollar taxed. Too bad "Welfare Queen" is two words because those also apply. Keep your hands off my tax money Rand!

    August 13, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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