Christie, Paul: The Money Party and the Peace Party

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July 29 2013 3:06 PM

Christie, Paul: The Money Party and the Peace Party

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Rand Paul, perhaps best known for standing, won't take Chris Christie's attacks sitting down.

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Over the weekend I tried to ask and answer a few questions about the debate Chris Christie started with libertarians. By attacking that "strain" in the GOP, and by challenging anyone who disagrees with current American foreign policy to come and meet a 9/11 widow. After I wrote it, Sen. Rand Paul punched back with proud disdain for Christie.

The people who want to criticize me and call me names, they are precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending. They are "Gimme, gimme, gimme all my Sandy money now." Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not allowing enough money be left over for national defense.

Actually, it works better on video.

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Paul, in a savvy way, has shifted the discussion away from what Christie started with. Christie wasn't talking about defense budgets. He was talking opposition to drone warfare or NSA surveillance.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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