New Jersey Governor Chris Christie believes liberty is a “very dangerous thought.” Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) answered for the libertarian wing of the GOP, calling out Christie for being “precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now.’ Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”
Earlier this week, another consistent constitutionalist waded into the fray, backing up his colleague.
Appearing on the Fox News online show Power Play, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced:
I am proud to stand side by side with Rand Paul. 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 egos and the battles that will happen in the beltway. What they’re interested in is solving the problems that we’ve got here.
In Christie’s corner, we have Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.). King stated that Paul’s priorities would leave America vulnerable to attack and “do more harm than good.”
King and Christie, along with most Establishment politicians from both major parties, subscribe to the belief that we can’t have safety without surveillance. Paul disagrees.
“I don't mind spying on terrorists,” Senator Paul said at a fundraiser in suburban Nashville. "I just don't like spying on all Americans."
In an earlier statement on the subject, Paul clearly staked out his position on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) dragnet surveillance of millions of phone records. On June 6, Paul said:
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Photo of Sen. Rand Paul (front) and Sen. Ted Cruz (back): AP Images