Senator Rand Paul continues his work to bring back fundamental and unapologetic conservatism to the Republican Party – this time going after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s earlier criticism of the National Rifle Association and complaints that Congressional Republicans voiced concerns over a pork-laden aid package for states hit by Hurricane Sandy. (Concerns that were very much warranted despite the governor’s complaints)
(The longstanding Libertarian-Republican Rand Paul tells New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to zip it…)
EXCERPT: (via LauraIngraham.com)
Sen. Rand Paul slams Christie for NRA comments, Sandy aid
Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave a wide-ranging interview, during which he attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his criticism of the NRA and his grandstanding on Sandy aid, saying that they would hurt his chances during the Republican primary.
Paul claimed that Christie had “backed down” on gun rights: “You have some Republicans backing down like Christie backing down and criticizing the NRA, and I think that doesn’t do any good.”
When asked by Ingraham why Christie made the comments, he responded that they were politically calculated. “I think he may be solidifying his support with Democrats in New Jersey and maybe liberal Republicans.”
Paul warned Christie that his criticism of the NRA, as well as his criticism of fellow Republicans over the Sandy relief bill, would come back to haunt him if he made a presidential run in 2016. “I think criticizing the Second Amendment movement and the over-the-top ‘give me my money’ stuff, ‘I want all sixty billion now or I’ll throw a tantrum,’ I don’t think that’s going to play well in the Republican primary.” LINK
Senator Paul’s comments came after his return from a trip to Israel where he pledged continued support for America’s longest standing ally in the Middle East. Clearly Rand Paul is preparing a serious run at the 2016 GOP nomination, and an equally serious attempt to prevent yet another moderate Republican from winning that nomination. Paul’s comments on Chris Christie come just days after he called out Barack Obama’s desire to drastically increase federal regulations on gun ownership as Obama acting more like a monarch than a president.
Have to admit – it’s a nice change in tone from the “can’t we all just get along” approach by Republicans over the last four years.