Paul on Christie: There's room for both of us
August 18th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
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Paul on Christie: There's room for both of us

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that Gov. Chris Christie is making a mistake when he argues the GOP needs to be more pragmatic and hold fewer internal ideological debates.

"Saying there's no room for us is a big mistake," Paul said on "Fox News Sunday."

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The New Jersey governor made headlines Thursday when he said in a speech at the Republican National Committee's summer meeting that the GOP "is not a debating society."

"We are a political operation that needs to win," he said.

While Christie didn't mention Paul's name specifically, his remarks were interpreted as the latest round in the back-and-forth between the two potential presidential candiates that seems to represent a broader divide between establishment and more libertarian-leaning Republicans.

"I think we have some folks who believe that our job is to be college professors," Christie said. "Now college professors are fine, I guess. Being a college professor, they basically spout out ideas that nobody does anything about. For our ideas to matter we have to win. Because if we don't win, we don't govern."

But Paul argued Sunday there was enough space in the party "for both of us."

"It's big enough for a lot of different Republicans," he said. "That's how we grow our party. Libertarian Republicans like myself care about the right to privacy. We care about a more moderate, less aggressive foreign policy."

"The party in the Northeast is shrinking, almost down to nothing," he added, repeating a line that he has used before. "They need to be looking to people with new and different ideas who attract youth, independents and even Democrats to our party." Paul represents Kentucky.

Paul's father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, quickly hit back at Christie's remarks Thursday afternoon, saying on CNN's "The Situation Room" that the New Jersey governor "offers nothing."

Asked Sunday if he agreed with his father, Rand Paul didn't weigh in on the three-time presidential candidate's comments.

"There's room for people who believe in bigger government in our party, and I think some of the things that (Christie) seems to have promoted make us believe that, well, he thinks that there's a lot more spending that could go on," Paul said.

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Dan5404

    Sorry Mr. Paul. You are assuming there is a place for you somewhere at the top. The only thing you can top is the nutjob Hall of Fame list.

    August 18, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. plain and simple

    Rand Paul is and extremist,the tea party is a party of extremes. They want to have a ready made party by taking over the republican party. The trouble is not all republicans are as extreme as the tea party wants them to be. Hence a damaged party with no way forward. It's a two or three or ten headed monster and no one knows what to do. This is not the way to go if you want to be the leader of a country known as the United States! Governing skills are needed!!!

    August 18, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. S. B. Stein

    Neither man should be president. One is a bully who can't be diplomatic enough for the job while the other doesn't understand what the world is really about and how it functions.

    August 18, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. John in Brooklyn

    I think Rand Paul may be making a HUGE assumption when he assumes that Christy is referring to HIM when he talks about INTELLECTUALS of the party.

    August 19, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  5. Larry in Houston

    I guess at this point in time, it may be 'ol Hill vs. Christy....the rest are non starters..... LOL...wouldn't that be a fantasy ? both of them debating each other ? LOL

    August 19, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  6. Hugh_Mann

    Rand Paul IS the face of the current Republican Party,,,,God help us all

    August 19, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |

    Rand Paul is a dope. Christie will get the John Huntsman treatment by the radical extremist tea potty. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    August 19, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. Minne Mouse

    It's ridiculous to worry about something that's so far away. No one can tell the future. The only thing that would make things better for the entire public, would be for the people who are actually running for president to start telling the public. Currently your wasting everyone's time on guessing games and news space that could be used elsewhere. Either you are running for president or your not running for president.

    August 19, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
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