Paul Responds to Christie

by Sterling Beard

Senator Rand Paul’s spokesman has responded to the shots that New Jersey governor Chris Christie took yesterday at libertarianian stances on national-security taken by Paul and others.

In remarks at a forum of Republican governors in Aspen, Colo., Christie called the “strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now” a “very dangerous thought,” and criticized what he referred to as “esoteric, intellectual” debates over civil liberties.

A senior adviser for Paul, Doug Stafford, lit into the governor, telling the Washington Times that “if Governor Christie believes the constitutional rights and the privacy of all Americans is ‘esoteric,’ he either needs a new dictionary, or he needs to talk to more Americans, because a great number of them are concerned about the dramatic overreach of our government in recent years.”

Stafford continued his defense of his boss, arguing that defending the country “can and must be done in keeping with our Constitution and while protecting the freedoms that make America exceptional.”

The adviser even quoted “Long Walk Home” by Bruce Springsteen, of whom the governor is a big fan, saying, “You know that flag flying over the courthouse? Means certain things are set in stone: Who we are, what we’ll do and what we won’t.’”

Paul, for his part, Tweeted out his own response: 

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