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Sarah Palin: Christie Is Not 'Rogue' Enough

Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 09:46 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said on Saturday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just isn't "rogue" enough for her taste.

Palin sided with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in his continuing feud with the popular New Jersey governor.

“I’m on team Rand," Palin told Fox News. "Rand Paul understands. He gets the whole notion of 'don’t tread on me government.' Whereas Chris Christie is for big government and trying to go-along-to-get-along in so many respects."

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Many of Christie's classic moments were, in fact, set-up with what Palin called a “YouTube videographer.”

“Some people look at him as, 'Ah man, he’s a governor who goes rogue,' " Palin told Fox. "No, he’s got a shtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps going rogue. But Chris Christie’s for more government and his record proves that."

Palin said Rand Paul has a "healthy libertarian streak that we need more of, in our politicians."

The war of words between the two potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates began last month at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen, Colo.

Christie criticized Paul and other Republicans — and some Democrats as well — for their non-interventionist views on foreign affairs and for opposing the NSA surveillance programs.

Paul responded by saying on this Facebook page that "Chris Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional."

Paul later called Christie the "king of bacon" for seeking federal aid to help the state recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Christie retorted that New Jersey paid more in taxes to Washington than it received in federal aid while Kentucky got more federal money back than it paid in taxes.

Palin also said on Saturday that 22 Democrats "should be thanked and not condemned" for attacking Obamacare's cost-cutting board, which the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate called a "death panel."

"It was a pleasant surprise — and we shouldn't condemn them for finally trying to jump off the Obama train wreck that is coming down the pike," the former Alaska governor said in the same interview. "I appreciate that they acknowledged it."

"But you have to remember that it's just one aspect of this atrocious, unaffordable, cumbersome, burdensome, evil policy of Obama's — and that is Obamacare," Palin added.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean drew attention to the Independent Payment Advisory Board designed to limit Medicare cost growth when he called for its repeal in an op-ed late last month.

While the board's supporters attacked the former Vermont governor for his ties to the healthcare industry as an adviser to a major D.C. lobbying firm, the 22 Democratic senators and representatives have backed legislation in recent months that would limit the board's powers.

"Of course, they're death panels," Palin insisted. "They couldn't go forever and not acknowledge that or else they would look like complete buffoons — and they would be deemed incompetent having not read the law to understand that death panels are a part of this atrocity. It was just a matter of time.

"As more and more of our congressmen and women actually read the law and as more of us bring to light more things in the 20,000 pages of rules and regulations accompanying Obamacare, more of them will jump off the train wreck that's coming."

Palin continued her attack on the mainstream media, this time for not pressing President Barack Obama to be more specific about the "fake scandals" that he has been referring to in recent weeks.

"I wish that the press would do a better job of pinning him down," she explained. "He pooh-poohs them and acts like it's no big darn deal."

Further, she dismissed Obama's comments about greater transparency regarding the National Security Agency and its surveillance operations at his news conference on Friday.

"There is no balance at all in this struggle for security and liberty when we have an illustration going on today about our government having lied about it, our government actually spying on innocent Americans and gathering data on us based on our communications, which really is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights. There's no balance at all.

"That is stomping, trampling, a boot-on-the-neck of our liberty," she added. "That's not balance."

Palin also noted that former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the surveillance programs, was "the bad guy in all this. They want to shoot the messenger instead of dealing with the problem.

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"The problem is the trampling on our liberty, the trampling on our Fourth Amendment rights."




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