August 12th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
9 years 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.

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"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. Alluh

    Rand Paul= flip flopper

    August 13, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    old rand is becoming such a waffler and denier in his efforts to contort himself into somehow being a viable candidate for the republicants he is in real danger of forgetting what he actually does believe in or stand for (which is turming out to be whatever his masters tell him). I would think that in his pursuit of pleasing the republicant base (aka- tea bagger idiots), he is in danger of alienating his libertarian backers. The thing about his dad... as whacky as some of his ideas were, he at least stood by them through thick or thin and this was the reason he never really gathered the following he needed to get on the big stage. I can respect that.
    This ambitious clown son of his will change position in mid sentence. Unlike Obama, who explained how he came about to changing his position on Gay Marriage (aka- he listened and learned and saw he was wrong), rand just does the old, "I never said that'... despite the overwhelming evidence he actually did.
    The difference being... if you change position in the Democratic Party, you'd better have a well thought out and believable reason for your change becaue you will be held accountable by the voters.... in the republicant party, you can blame the wind or a bird, or a cantaloupe because they don't care about the truth or principles or honesty... they just want power. They will vote for who faux news tells them to vote for...
    like little children.
    or sheep.

    or lemmings.

    August 13, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. roadtrip3500

    "Although there is no evidence that Christie was involved,..."
    The line Christie haters conveniently choose to ignore.

    August 13, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Brian

    I used to respect Christie until he came and stumped for my own gov. Paul Lepage. I don't know how you can possibly promote a complete buffoon for political office regardless of party affiliation.

    August 13, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Rand Paul compared to Chris Christie in the next presidential primary – Loser.
    Chris Christie compared to Rand Paul in the next presidential primary – Loser.

    After all the dirty politics that will happen:

    it's a wash

    August 13, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. ibenlogical

    Tell me who isn't tired of American politics and the fools that dominate that world. Pathetic, every one of them. Doesn't matter the "party" or the apparent "stance" they take on ANY issue. They are all ambitious to the point of damage to the country.

    Time to start electing qualified people that DON'T want the job.

    August 13, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. jeff Santa Barbara

    Sarah Who ???

    August 13, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. hategopteaparty

    Ill take obama over any gop or dem anyday. Goodluck in 16 without obama supporters Hillary. You're gonna need it.

    August 13, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. ezduzit757

    Well said, Ol' Yeller. I couldn't agree with you more.

    August 13, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. sly

    Tell me who isn't tired of American politics and the fools that dominate that world. Pathetic, every one of them. Doesn't matter the "party" or the apparent "stance" they take on ANY issue. They are all ambitious to the point of damage to the country. Time to start electing qualified people that DON'T want the job.
    Time to take away the vote from all those stupid Americans who elect politicians every 2 years and then whine and blame the people they are responsible for electing.

    If you didn't vote, you are a fool.
    If you did vote, and you complain about politicians, you are a fool.

    Americans: Next time you want someone to blame for what happens in government: LOOK IN THE MIRROR!

    August 13, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Oh Oh I know how to label Rand...
    Never happening

    August 13, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. yep bridges

    Bridges – Bridges – Bridges-- no matter what he says , everyone knows who they are dealing with when the subject of the bridge comes up. I perfect Obama crony- 2 peas in a pod. One fat one, and one skinny one.

    August 13, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Ol' Yeller


    "Although there is no evidence that Christie was involved,..."
    The line Christie haters conveniently choose to ignore.

    Line is right... just something someone wrote, doesn't mean it is accurate. I was not a christie hater per se' (other than the fact he was a republicant... at least he wasn't bashing Obama when he brought him the check like jindal and those other buffoons did).
    I hate it when people write idiotic stuff like 'there is no evidence'... of course their is evidence, there is a lot of evidence. Whether it is enough to convict him or cause him to step down remains to be seen, but I for one am not going to take his word for it. Of course he claims innonence and ignorance... to do otherwise would be to admit to guilt or incompetance.
    christie's problem... he's ran out of people to fall on their swords and this ain't quite over.

    August 13, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. ART

    Good ole Rand, I've got two words to describe him flop Flopper. You can't say crazy stuff and then think you'll be President. NEXT

    August 13, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC


    All the snarky comments are telling. Progressives are fearful their big government nirvana dream may be coming to an end.
    Liberal big government, that's another conservative misinformation campaign. The facts show that government spending always grows much faster under Republican leadership than under a Democrat. If you look at year to year annual spending growth, then the numbers will jump out at you.

    Under George W. Bush, we say annual spending increase 7-9% per year, every year. The numbers of government workers remained arguably flat and unchanged. How did Bush hid the explosive growth of government? He privatized everything that he could. People working for government contractors do not show up in the numbers as government workers. The largest chunk of his privatization came in the form of the second defense department that he started, the Department of Homeland Security, which has grown to have the second largest military budget in the world, second only to our own Pentagon.

    Reagan, the man on the right wing's pedestal, increased by more than anyone in the past half century. He tripled the national debt during his time in office. Reagan spent hundreds of billions on defense research and military hardware.

    Clinton's year to year spending increases were in the 2-3% range, which was just a little ahead of inflation. Pres. Obama's year to year spending increases are in the 1-2% range, which is a little less than inflation.

    August 13, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. hatenapa


    August 13, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Arnold

    Another thing about Christie as President; what kind of role model is he for improving American health? Let's face it, he's obeast. And that says several things (1) Lack of self discipline/self control (2) Lack of practical sense when you consider recent medical research that shows being overweight is more risky than smoking. All that fat around Christie's midsection is clear indication there's a lot of fat around his heart. And to that end, do we want a ticking time bomb in the White House? A weak heart combined with metabolic syndrome due to being grossly overweight also negatively impacts cerebral function. Do we want someone who's decision making ability may be impaired holding the nuclear football? Making immensely important decisions that impact world peace, the global economy? Even if Christie had no clue about Bridge-Gate before it happened, should we not expect a US President to select the most professional staff, and then exert control over them? This obviously did not happen in Christie's Governor administration. What would be different in the Presidency? Christie had gastric bypass surgery to lose weight several years ago. Nothing changed. That says a lot. I'm sorry but this guy is a disaster. He should not even be considered as in the running by any stretch of the imagination.

    August 13, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC


    "Although there is no evidence that Christie was involved,..."
    The line Christie haters conveniently choose to ignore.
    Two things. One, there is clear evidence that a crime was committed by shutting down the George Washington Bridge. House Republican investigations have been searching for a crime.

    Two, There is clear evidence that almost everyone in Christie's innermost circle of advisors and aides are involved. House Republican investigations identify people, insinuate that they have committed a crime, and then demand proof that the insinuations are false, which is guilty until proven innocent.

    August 13, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Joe S

    One is a lowlife and the other one is crazy – The best choice is someone other than them two.

    August 13, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Randroid and Krispy BOTH, in just one word: Alsoran.

    August 13, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC


    Another thing about Christie as President; what kind of role model is he for improving American health? Let's face it, he's obeast. ... ... ..
    LOL, you made me laugh into a glass of water that I was drinking. Now I'm a mess. Thanks, for the unintended laugh.

    August 13, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. emskadittle

    lol, there they go, doing the democrats job. tearing apart each other

    August 13, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Yakobi

    Like his father before him, Rand Paul is a complete nutjob. He'd have the U.S.A. bury its head in the sand, hoping the world will straighten out its problems without our help or intervention. He even championed cutting off all aid to Israel. He has more in common with ultra-left democrats than mainstream republicans.

    August 13, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Yakobi

    Why are you so concerned about Christie's health and not Hillary's? Christie will outlive her by decades!

    August 13, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Here's a partial list of folks who will make the ascension, of Hilary R. Clinton, to the podium, (circa January, 2017), to recite her first, of two, presidential oaths of office, all the more…


    1.) W.M. ‘Vietnam Draft N Tax-Dodger’ Romney
    2.) Rand ‘Every-one-should-own-one! Paul
    3.) Mike ‘Ayatollah’s war-on-U.S.-women-voter’s’ Huckabee
    4.) Rick ‘Google’ Santorum
    6.) Rick ‘Was-it-2-or-3-cabinent-level-secretaries-I’ll-eliminate??” Perry
    7.) Chris ‘5th. Amendment’ Christie

    I sincerely hope that Madame president Clinton remembers her good breeding / manners, by offering each of her ‘never-had-the-slightest-chance’ 2016 adversaries a $25 coupon, redeemable for one or more, (‘Chik-Fil-A’), rattacine & artificial-cheese-spread prejudice-burghers!

    BTW: I intend to use ANY / ALL commercial interruptions during Mrs. Clinton's presidential-oath-taking ceremony, to catch, up on my reading...beginning with the ‘2012-Republican-autopsy' report!

    August 13, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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