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. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Sorry GOP , there is only room for Hillary and the dems because of your incompetence and obstruction, see you at the polls in 2014!!!!

    August 18, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    No room for fascism in America, Aqua Buddha.

    August 18, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. cam

    Chris Christie is a is a farce of a Republican. He is actually a big spender democrat. Also, Christie is fine with massive NSA spying . Rand Paul 2016.

    August 18, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP clown bus is starting to fill up early, should be good for lots of laughs and no wins!!!!

    August 18, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's funny that this hick from ky thinks anybody is actually going to vote for him. He is going to make a career out of it just like his father did and never win like Romney the tax cheat did only to fail like he should have and the dumb donors still listen to the five time loser for public office !!!!!!!

    August 18, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Winston Smith

    This man is wrong, and wrong on a scale that is monumental in it's size and scope. There's no room for ignorance in our elected leadership. There needs to be a common ground where everyone can agree, that this kind of stupidity can not and will not be tolerated anymore. Get away from the high school elections where the prom queen and king were nominated. Get to a point where the adult problems we face, are dealt with in adult manner and fashion.

    August 18, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Saw Randy on one of the morning talk show earlier this week and the caption at the bottom of the screen was "Rand Pauls America". I had to wonder, just where is that? The answer is easy. Right beside Goofy's house at Disney World, and right around the corner from Fantasy Land.

    August 18, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, Rand. How naive you are with your grand ideals of unity and party purity and a big tent. Ask President Romney how well it worked for him to pander to all sides of the aisle.

    And as a side note, please explain how YOU will (as President) bring all sides together any better than Obama has managed to do? For the past 5 years we on the left have had nothing but "kool-aide – Obama sheeple" taking points thrown at us by none other than your very own supporters.

    And here you are, spouting more nonsense than most folks hear in a lifetime of political B.S.

    You think YOUR supporters aren't drinking YOUR kool-aide of sunshine and roses? What a very silly man you are, to be sure.

    August 18, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    When Christie is around there's not much room for anyone else turkey from KY! Neither one of you will be around in 2016 for the presidency anyway.

    August 18, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Rant Paul is running scared, because he knows that Christie has more cross-over appeal than he will EVER have.

    Even so, Christie is too much of a bully to create consensus and clings to the failed GOP ideas of tax cuts for the rich somehow stimulating economic growth when all it results in is higher corporate profits at the expense of average Americans (outsourced jobs, benefits cuts, etc., etc.).

    August 18, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Bessy

    Not from N.J. so at this point I couldn't vote for him if I wanted to. As a presidential candidate, however, he makes more sense than any of the so called contenders that he would be running against. Unless they come up with someone to run for office with at least 1/2 of a brain.

    August 18, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Pander Bear

    What's nice about these two is that they'll probably tear each other to pieces over the next two years, further dividing the GOP and assuring a Democratic White House through 2024.

    August 18, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Kinard

    One of the many reasons people like this get elected, many of you are interested in keeping up with the Kardashians. The rest of us with the Kardashians, would just go away, and do so for good.

    August 18, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. MaryM

    Sorry Randy, but the GOP nomination will be Gov Christi. The Big question is can Christi beat Hillary. We Shall See

    August 18, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Dave the Assessor

    I believe he is right. Since one is oversized and one is undersized, they make a normal sized duo. Too bad neither can win.
    I say put up some new candidates so we conservatives can win this time.

    August 18, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. ST

    Both Christie and Rand Paul will never step in the White House as leaders. Christie will undergo the path Jon Huntsman went through. Independents will like him but he will not finish the primaries, unless new republicans are imported from another country. Rand Paul will follow the footsteps of his father. He will get supporters, one already on the list is the woman from Alaska. His supporters will not have the full energy to push him and make him President.

    August 18, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Kelby in Houston

    I don't think Rand Paul realizes just how big Christie is. And I don't mean that in regard to his physical size, I mean in popularity. And I hate to keep sounding like a joker but Christie's name has a lot more weight behind it than Rand Paul's does

    August 18, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Republicans should NOT be rewarded for the damage they have caused our country. Vote ALL of them out!

    August 18, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Republicans and Tea Partiers can't help themselves. Hope they have a large field of candidates and beat each other to death during the primaries. The zealots, purists, and extremists in the Republican Party won't allow any deviation from party ideology. So much the better for the Democratic candidate. The Republican Party is so conservatively extreme that they will run another losing presidential candidate in 2016. Hillary Clinton will prevail despite dirty swift boating tactics and lies from the RNC. Hillary will be the first woman president!

    August 18, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    For me, it doesn't matter who runs in the republican party because they'll never get my vote. Reagan left such a bad memory with me, that I will never, ever, vote for anyone running with an (R) behind their name and after the way they've treated our First Family of color, they can forever forget trying to get me to listen or treat anything they have to say with any respect. Fat chance. As to Paul and Christie, both are bad for America and both should seek counseling.

    August 18, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Woman In California: "...and after the way they've treated our First Family of color, they can forever forget trying to get me to listen or treat anything they have to say with any respect. "

    Which is why the Republican Party is trying so hard to make it more difficult to vote. The GOP fully understands just how pathetic it has become with their Limbaughtics talking points showing disdain for anyone not "them". The damage is done and the wounds will remain for decades to come. Rand Paul ... Chris Christie (it makes no difference) they are both cut from the same cloth of win at all expense and then govern with the atheist 1% Ayn Rand as their god ... rule by Corporate greed.

    The Grand Old Party of moderation is a thing of the past. We should especially thank McCain and Palin ... and a media who fully accepted these two as compassionate flame bearers for the party that was and will never be again.

    August 18, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. ge

    gee I miss Bachmann ,take her straitjacket off and let her fly

    August 18, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Debbie

    I left the GOP because of the radicals (social, economic, religious) the leadership allowed in. After 35+ years as a Republican I left. The party lost its core platform with the TEA. It's one thing to be conservative meaning cautious, and quite another to be radicalized right ideology.

    August 18, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP clown bus is starting to fill up early, should be good for lots of laughs and no wins!!!!
    Going to be fun in 2014 when theRepublicans destroy the Dem's in election, most people are tired of the Dem's and their socialist ways. Be fun to see you cry.

    August 18, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  25. spicy

    This is one conservative that will vote libertarian if Christie wins the nomination. In fact I will actively work to keep Christie in NJ>

    August 18, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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