Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, July 31, 2013
The current animosity between two top Republican candidates for president in 2016 – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul – seems to have no end in sight, especially after the Tea Party darling nicknamed his potential foe the “King of Bacon” Tuesday.
Paul made his latest jab toward the robust Christie on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” after Christie lambasted the Kentucky Senator over his desire to cut national spending while still bringing home federal funds to the Bluegrass State.
“This is the ‘King of Bacon’ talking about bacon,” Paul told Blitzer, explaining how the money in question was being used to fund two military bases in the state.
Paul did concede, however, that he would be willing to ask the federal government for assistance should a natural disaster strike Kentucky, much like Christie did after Superstorm Sandy devastated the state last fall – but on his own terms. He noted that he did sponsor his own amendment to the Superstorm Sandy relief bill that would have made the funding allocated on a year-to-year basis.
“I think we can take care of our country in a natural disaster but only if we’re not spending billions to – where is the money going to come from if he’s not willing to cut anywhere?” Paul said. “I am willing to cut. For him to accuse me of pork barrel spending, I’m probably the most physically conservative Member of Congress…He’s making a big mistake picking a fight with other Republicans because the Republican Party is shrinking in New England and in the Northeast part of our country. I’m the one trying to grow the party by talking about libertarian ideas of privacy and the Internet and attacking me isn’t helping the party. He’s hurting the party.”
Unfortunately for Christie, Paul hasn’t been a big spender in Washington at all during his two-and-a-half years in office. In fact, Paul has a lifetime 100 percent rating with the pro-growth, anti-pork barrel spending Club for Growth.
The most recent war between the two candidates started late last week when Christie called Republicans like Paul “dangerous” to the party.
“You can name any number of people and he’s one of them,” Christie said during a forum in Colorado Thursday. “These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have,” referring specifically to the people who lost loved ones during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
Watch Paul continue the feud below.