Rand Paul: There’s Room In GOP For Big Government Guys Like Christie


Insisting once again that he didn’t start his very public feud with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Sunday that there’s plenty of room in the GOP for both potential 2016 contenders.

But Paul’s conciliatory sentiment was coupled with a jab at Christie. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Paul said that “there’s room for people who believe in bigger government in our party,” as quoted by the Associated Press. 

Similar to comments he made last month, Paul also argued that Christie instigated the quarrel.

“This all started with him saying, ‘Oh, we don’t have room for libertarian Republicans.’ The thing is, that’s how we grow our party,” Paul said, according to The Huffington Post.

In a closed-doors speech last week to the Republican National Committee, Christie called on the party to focus on winning elections rather than engaging in debates over philosophy. An aide to Paul responded forcefully to Christie’s speech, calling it “content-free.”



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