August 15th, 2013
06:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Another Paul takes on Chris Christie

(CNN) – If Chris Christie becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, former GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said flatly he would not be able to vote for the New Jersey governor.

“He offers nothing,” Paul said Thursday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

The three-time presidential candidate sharply disagreed with Christie’s assertion earlier in the day that winning elections should be the primary focus of the GOP over holding internal debates about ideology. Paul said talking about ideas is an important part of the electoral process.

“There's more to it than just power,” Paul said. “To say and do anything you want just to be in government? You have to believe in something and understand economics or you just keep doing the same things and deficits keep running up.”

Speaking at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting in Boston, Christie argued Thursday that some people in the party prefer to be “college professors.”

“Now, college professors are fine, I guess. Being a college professor, they basically spout out ideas that nobody does anything about,” he said. “For our ideas to matter, we have to win. Because if we don’t win, we don’t govern. And if we don’t govern, all we do is shout to the wind. And so I am going to do anything I need to do to win.”

His comments followed his recent intra-party spat with Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, over issues involving federal surveillance programs and Superstorm Sandy aid. The public feud represented a broader divide within the GOP between libertarian-leaning viewpoints and establishment Republicans.

Ron Paul said Thursday that Christie’s winning-to-govern philosophy simply results in the status quo.

“That's why nothing changes, whether you have a Republican in or a Democrat. Basically it's just one party,” he said.

Asked if he believes his son has what it takes to win the Republican nomination, should he decide to run, the former congressman said “certainly.”

“I would think so,” he said, adding that he thinks it’s too early to be talking about 2016. “(But) compared to the rest? Yeah he certainly is capable.”

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. John in Brooklyn

    OK....Hillary will accept your vote!

    August 15, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |

    YAWN! Move on there's nothing to see here.

    August 15, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Blake

    Ron Paul said Thursday that Christie’s winning-to-govern philosophy simply results in the status quo.

    “That's why nothing changes, whether you have a Republican in or a Democrat. Basically it's just one party,” he said.

    Oh my god Paul has just spoken my mind. I've always respected Ron Paul's libertarian ideals that drove his campaigns; he didn't care about the votes as much as he did trying to let those ideals disseminate to other people. That's the unfortunate reason he always lost his presidential campaigns.

    August 15, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    You aren't doing your little boy any favors by fighting his battles Mr. Paul. That being said, it'll make for a hilarious SNL skit!

    August 15, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Tom

    A man of true beliefs and integrity.

    August 15, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Father , Like son !

    Ralph Nader meets Mr.Rodgers 2016

    August 15, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Both Pauls are jokes, soon to be lost in the pages of history.

    August 15, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    Aw poor wittle Randy needs he daddy to help him attack big bad Christy......

    August 15, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    I would NEVER vote for Governor Crispy but the Paul's are running scared of the big man because they know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they'll never get even slightly close to a nomination – so the best that this tag team of crazies can do, is try and garner some of the old man's base to side with the idiot son. It won't work. Minorities are turned off with just the name Rand alone. Try making it to the White House without the votes of minorities now. Fat chance.

    August 15, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Nameask davey

    Running for potus is a famiy buss. Must get great tax breaks and freebies to be a career stump bump.

    August 15, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Ron Paul stayed in the 2012 presidential race knowing there was no way in Hades he'd win to help keep his – and his son's – name in the news.

    That's the sole reason why he started this show. Really makes Rant look like a wimp, that his dad has to always fight his battles for him.

    August 16, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. Nothing At All

    Neither does your lame son or any other Republican.

    August 16, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. anonoymous

    I hope all the republicans remember all the negative things they say. When Christie runs and wins the party's nomination and is looking for a running mate. This might be funnier than all of romney's haters changed their minds about him. clinton 2016

    August 16, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  14. Name Uche Agonsi

    Christie has always shown some senses of reality in his statements. Without opportunities most ideas rot away. Education helps to expand your ideas but ideas without practice is will rot with the person.

    August 16, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Okay, fine, I guess his family stands behind curly top. My bad re my other post as to who likes him..
    There might be more than “There's more to it than just power,” Paul said", but the problem is that the rethugs/teatrolls have the power from the state level up to enforce laws that are against the human and civil rights principles of women, seniors, gays, the poor, veterans, the list goes on and on.
    Your son is not fit to be a doctor much less a politician. This isn't even a dynasty.

    August 16, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  16. S. B. Stein

    Christie is a bully who doesn't understand that we need professors to challenge us. It is those professors that make us wonder about what we know and make us think beyond that.

    Ron (and Rand) Paul just thinks those ideas will work. He hasn't been looking at the real world. Paul doesn't realize that there are laws in place to make sure that people have a recourse when people don't play fair.

    I don't think that either Christie or Paul (either one) are fit to be president. One is a bully who doesn't understand how to be diplomatic while the other doesn't understand how people can act poorly.

    August 16, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |