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Ron Paul: 'Safe to Say' He Wouldn't Support Christie for President

Monday, 12 Aug 2013 09:06 PM

By Greg Richter and Courtney Coren

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Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's son, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is rumored to make his own bid at the White House in 2016, but if he lost to New Jersey's GOP Gov. Chris Christie, would Ron Paul back him?

Probably not.

Paul appeared on Fox Business Network's "Cavuto" on Monday to discuss his new web-based TV channel,  but talk turned to the recent spat between Rand Paul and Christie. Christie was critical of libertarians, like Rand Paul, in the party for their push against government surveillance.

Name-calling ensued, and Rand Paul offered to settle things over a beer. Christie, who is currently running for re-election as governor, declined.

When asked by host Neil Cavuto if he liked Christie, Ron Paul tried to steer the conversation toward the fact that he'd rather talk about whether there should be a Federal Reserve. Paul would like to get rid of it.

"But it sounds like you're not a Christie fan," Cavuto said.

"That would be safe to say," Paul carefully replied.

"At this moment, he's not going to have a change of heart. He's a big government person," Paul said. "It would be similar to the last go-around, I couldn't endorse our candidate."

Paul did not endorse the last GOP nominee Mitt Romney for president in 2012, even though they are in the same party. His son did however give the former Massachusetts governor his endorsement.

Christie recently challenged the Kentucky Republican for his libertarian views and for criticizing the National Security Agency for their surveillance practices which were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Christie argued that such views would do harm to the nation's security.

"The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate," Christie said.

The sparring between the two politicians continued until Sen. Paul offered to meet with the New Jersey Republican over beers, which Christie said he didn't have time for.

The Texas congressman said he didn't like the bickering, but thought it did serve to highlight the libertarian viewpoint.

"I don't like the bickering back and forth," he said. "I think it was significant debate: one person blasting those of us who believe in liberty and saying you shouldn't be that critical of government, that is significant, but still again two politicians going at it -- I would much rather talk about why we should have a Fed or why we shouldn't."
Ron Paul TV was launched Monday, and he said he hopes it's an asset to his son's political future.

"I can't believe that it will hurt him and hopefully it helps him to some degree because the views will be very similar and that's what we are going to be talking about," he added.

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