New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his 2016 GOP presidential campaign with a "dumb strategy" by blaming Democrats as well as Republicans for the nation's political gridlock, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tells Newsmax TV
"It's a dumb strategy I got to tell you because what you're doing is making enemies of every congressional district that's Republican and every state legislative and state Senate district that's Republican," DeLay said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
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"And if you got those elected officials that are very well regarded in their own district, they're [going to support] you because you're bad mouthing them? You're not going to go very far."
As he threw his hat in the ring on Tuesday, Christie — whose rising political star was dimmed last year during the infamous "bridge-gate" scandal — said, "Both parties have failed our country … Both parties have led us to believe that in America, a country built on compromise, that somehow compromise is a dirty word."
But DeLay, a Texas Republican who served the Lone Star State's 22nd Congressional District and is now a Washington Times radio host, insisted that compromise has always been a one-way street with Democrats.
"The Republicans have been compromising with the Democrats since the 1980s and this whole progressivism started," he told Steve Malzberg.
"Every time the Republicans have compromised, the Democrats and the left have won because they always get something that they didn't have … Christie is just going back to yesteryear where this whole thing [was] about 'we just got to get along, we got to come together.'
"No. We need to stand on what we believe in and stand on principle and fight for what we believe in. Compromise, it depends on your definition. Compromise comes when you might give the Democrats a little bit of something in order to get a lot of what you want."
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