The Chatter (Rand Paul edition): Paul and Christie go at it ahead of NY trip, plus Paul's FBI vote

07/30/2013 02:39 PM

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie captivated national media organizations Tuesday as the two potential GOP contenders continued to trade barbs over national security and federal spending.

The squabble between the two Republican lawmakers came after Christie took a shot a libertarians while speaking at a Republican Governors forum in Aspen, Colorado last week about programs put in place to combat terrorism. Christie called out Paul specifically calling him “dangerous.”

Paul appeared on Fox News Monday night and responded by saying what is dangerous is to forget about the bill of rights and the right to privacy.

“It’s really, I think, kind of sad and cheap that he would use the cloak of 9/11 victims and say, ‘Oh, I’m the only one who cares about these victims.’ Hogwash. If he cared about protecting this country, maybe he wouldn’t be in this, ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme all the money you have in Washington — or don’t have,’” Paul said on the Fox News program also alluding to Christie’s role in pushing for federal aid for victims of last fall’s Hurricane Sandy.

According to the Washington Post , Christie hit back Tuesday by comparing the amount of federal dollars that each of their states receive.

“Interestingly, Kentucky gets $1.51 on every dollar they send to Washington,” Christie said to reporters. “So if Sen. Paul wants to start looking at where he’s going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky.”

Paul in hot water with NYC lawmakers

Later Tuesday, a New York Republican called for Paul’s invitation to a fundraiser in August be rescinded after his comments about Christie.

Politico first reported U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, wrote a letter to Manhattan GOP chairman Dan Isaacs asking him to “rescind your invitation” to Paul to a Aug. 13 fundraiser Paul is set to headline in New York.

Grimm wrote:

“It is clear that if Senator Paul had his way, New York City and the residents who lost so much would not have seen a single penny of federal recovery aid. His recent remarks against his fellow GOP leaders, who successfully brought relief, are disgraceful. He has insulted every Northeast Republican who took a stand for their districts, states, and this very city. He turned his back on us, and now he expects us to turn a blind eye and open our wallets for him. I don’t think so.”

Paul votes against FBI director nominee

Before a U.S. Senate vote on the President Barack Obama’s nominee for FBI director James Comey, Paul dropped a hold he had on the nomination and cast the only “no” vote on the nomination.

Paul dropped his hold on the nominee just before the vote Monday.

Paul previously said he did not object to Comey’s qualifications, but wanted answers from the FBI about its use of drones. Paul received a follow-up letter from the FBI and dropped the hold.


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