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Rand Paul: Chris Christie Isn’t Just Moderate, He Might Be Liberal

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a news conference June 13, 2013 at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Paul was joined by lawmakers and other groups to discuss the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

On Election Day, Rand Paul offered arch-nemesis Chris Christie a backhanded compliment, saying,"I think the Republican Party is a big party, and we need moderates like Chris Christie who can win in New Jersey." Upon further consideration, Rand thinks even that might have been too generous. "His victory was, in large form, based on that he got a lot of federal money for his state," Paul told Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano on Wednesday. "Unlimited spending is sort of – you could call it moderate, or even liberal, to think that there’s an unlimited amount of money, even for good causes."

Paul went on to explain that real conservatives believe "when you spend money – particularly when you’re a trillion dollars in the hole, it shouldn’t be just this ‘gimme, gimme, gimme all my money’ without any considerations or strings ... It should be, yes, this is why it’s necessary, but this is also why I'll cut spending somewhere else." Though there's a whole list of reasons why Christie might have a hard time winning the GOP nomination in 2016, apparently Paul thinks harping on his rival's widely praised efforts to help hurricane victims is his best line of attack.

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