Ted Cruz picks a winner in Paul-Christie spat

After harsh words were exchanged between Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gov. Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in an interview that not much has changed since Rand Paul’s historical filibuster: he still stands with Rand.

“I disagree with Chris Christie when he said that the protections of the Bill of Rights and the privacy of the American people are esoteric and academic,” Sen. Cruz told National Review Online. “I am proud to stand with my friend Rand, I don’t think the protections of the Bill of Rights, I don’t think individual liberty is an esoteric concept.”

According to the Texas Republican, Gov. Chris Christie has been doing a good job in a state that was never historically too friendly to Republicans but that alone doesn’t mean Cruz and Christie agree on much else.

When asked if he would be on Christie’s side if he decided to run in 2016, Sen. Cruz declined to answer by claiming it’s “far too early to be speculating on 2016 presidential candidates.”

This is not the first time Sen. Cruz steps in to show support to Sen. Paul. During Paul’s 13-hour filibuster over U.S. drone policy, Cruz used his time on the floor to remind the Senator from Kentucky of the immense support he was receiving from Americans everywhere. Sens. Cruz and Mike Lee (R-UT) appeared on the floor to ask lengthy questions in order to prevent a premature end to the filibuster and ensure their colleague had enough support to carry on. At the time, Paul stated that the presence of colleagues like Cruz gave him strength and inspiration to continue.

Genuine Conservatives and libertarian-leaning Republicans have a history of standing together when it comes to issues concerning individual liberty, privacy and basic property rights.

When Republican Gov. Christie states that libertarian views are dangerous and chooses to shun conservatives who happen to respect the very heart and soul of conservatism, which is how President Reagan referred to libertarianism, he chooses to ostracize his electorate and ignore the very principles that got him elected in the first place.


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