July 30, 2013
Rand Paul confronted Chris Christie after the New Jersey governor exploited 9/11 and the endless war on terror as an excuse to continue fleecing the American people and stripping them of their constitutional rights.
Rep. King of New York criticized Paul for defending former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, while Christie attacked libertarian Republicans for attempting to shield the Constitution from abuse by the NSA and the national security surveillance state.
“I thought it was absolutely disgraceful that so many Republicans voted to defund the NSA program, which has done so much to protect our country,” said King. “This is an isolationist streak that’s in our party. It goes totally against the party of Eisenhower, and Reagan, Bush. I mean, we are a party of national defense. We’re a party who did so much to protect the country over the last 12 years.”
Christie characterized the libertarian defense of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as little more than “esoteric, intellectual debates.” He challenged Paul and other libertarian-minded Republicans to “sit across from the widows and orphans” of 9/11 and defend the Constitution.
“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said.
“If Governor Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is ‘esoteric,’ he either needs a new dictionary, or he needs to talk to more Americans, because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years,” Doug Stafford, a senior Paul adviser, wrote in a statement following Christie’s remarks.
On Monday, Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, came to Paul’s defense. “I am proud to stand side-by-side with Rand Paul,” he said. “He and I have been fighting over and over and over again in the Senate to defend our constitutional liberties. I’ll say this, some of this tiff, Governor Christie is entitled to his views, he’s entitled to express his views, I think most Americans don’t care about politicians bickering in Washington. They don’t care about the egos, and the battles that will happen in the beltway. What they’re interested in is solving the problems that we’ve got here.”