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Did Chris Christie Hurt Rand Paul At The Debate?

Chris Christie and Rand Paul went at it over the Patriot Act. Despite the fast back and forth, many thought Governor Christie was the clear winner. Did Christie hurt Paul at the debate?

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Did Chris Christie Hurt Rand Paul At The Debate?  

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last 24 hours | cleveland
John Kasich and Ben Carson fared best in debate, Rand Paul did worst, our undecided Republicans say
"...They felt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won a tangle over government surveillance with Paul, who several felt came off as "a whiny brat.""Rand Paul hit a nerve with Christie's infamous 'hug' but Christie appeared more "presidential," said Banjac."I don't think it'll be long before Paul is out," said Noll."Paul failed tonight," said Furey. "Kasich was strong and real."..." see full article


1140 days ago | theatlantic
Who Won the Republican Presidential Debate?

"...That made the two big battles of the night all the more notable. In the first, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul battled over terrorism and civil liberties, with Christie accusing the senator of failing to understand the threat to the nation and Paul tartly responding that Christie failed to understand the Bill of Rights. Later, Christie tangled with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who has presented himself as a defender of entitlements for workers and seniors...." see full article


1140 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...Rand Paul seemed on the defensive, and did not impress. Though the country is tired of war, people are alarmed about ISIS, Iran, China and Russia. Paul's semi-isolationist stance was an easier sell when our engagements in the Middle East were still building. His dustup with Christie came across as nasty on both sides, with Paul accusing the New Jersey governor of blowing hot air. ..." see full article


1140 days ago | powerlineblog
TONIGHTS DEBATE: WHO WON?
"...Early on, Rand Paul tangled with Christie, to his regret. Scott Walker was pretty good, although not very inspiring. He may be the most unflappable guy I have ever seen.That's half of the field. Trump got off to a very rocky start, and it looked early on as though he might flame out entirely. The evening's most dramatic moment was when Trump, and only Trump, refused to pledge to support the Republican nominee unless it is Donald Trump. As the evening went on, he performed better and probably didn't hurt himself with those who are disposed to favor him. I thought Jeb Bush did quite well, probably better than I expected. But his performance wasn't strong compared with Cruz, Christie, Rubio and Huckabee. Someone watching the debate cold would never guess that Bush is supposed to be one of the front-runners...." see full article


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1140 days ago | hollywoodreporter
John Kasich Won the Debate
"...What a disaster! This was probably the worst debate performance in recent memory. I agree with most of Rand Paul's libertarian principles, but he certainly did them no favor tonight. He seemed surly, seething and discourteous from start to finish like a petulant schoolboy kept after class. There was not an iota of presidential promise or gravitas. Who would want this squirming urchin as the nation's representative at an international summit? And what bizarre self-presentation the overlarge Peter Pan collar and tie, the disorderly forehead locks, the unshaven cheeks and what sure looked like white highlighting under plucked brows. Caligula, anyone?..." see full article


1140 days ago | rawstory
Rand Paul and Chris Christie get into heated brawl over surveillance during ... - Raw Story

"...It might not have looked like at the time, but Rand Paul will be thanking Chris Christie for going head-to-head with him on the issue of balancing surveillance with national security at Thursday's Republican presidential debate.The two clashed in the most heated scenes of the debate yet over Paul's support for curtailing the National Security Agency. When Paul accused Christie in turn of getting too close to the White House and hugging Obama, the New Jersey governor shot back that the hugs he remembers were with the families of 9/11 victims...." see full article


1140 days ago | hollywoodreporter
John Kasich Won the Debate 
"...What a disaster! This was probably the worst debate performance in recent memory. I agree with most of Rand Paul's libertarian principles, but he certainly did them no favor tonight. He seemed surly, seething, and discourteous from start to finish--like a petulant schoolboy kept after class. There was not an iota of presidential promise or gravitas. Who would want this squirming urchin as the nation's representative at an international summit? And what bizarre self-presentation--the over-large Peter Pan collar and tie, the disorderly forehead locks, the unshaven cheeks, and what sure looked like white highlighting under plucked brows. Caligula, anyone?..." see full article


1140 days ago | reason
Rand Paul Has Best Moment in Tense Debate with 9/11-Obsessed Chris Christie - Reason (blog)
"...Sen. Rand Paul might have reclaimed some of his lost libertarian luster during a heated exchange with Chris Christie over the constitutionality of the NSA's phone records collection program.The fight started after Christie asserted that Paul was wrong to raise civil liberties concerns about NSA spying. I will make no apologies ever for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people, said Christie. We need to give more tools to our folks to be able to do that, not fewer, and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way. As president, that's exactly what I will do. Paul shot back immediately...." see full article


1140 days ago | politico
Rand Paul vs. the others - Politico

"...Whether Paul's aggressive performance was enough to break through remains to be seen. One time viewed as a front-runner, Paul has stagnated in the polls as Trump and others like Gov. Scott Walker have gotten more buzz in early states.But just like Paul, his two fellow freshman senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida won early praise for their campaign launches but have so far failed to catch fire. At the debate, the two men took different tactics: Cruz touted his battles with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while Rubio targeted Hillary Clinton. Neither went directly after their rivals.Paul played it differently. It wasn't unexpected to see him bash Christie; the two have sparred over national security in the past. But as Trump has dominated the race in recent weeks, the Kentuckian has mostly stayed away from berating the brash businessman...." see full article


1140 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...Rand Paul seemed on the defensive, and did not impress. Though the country is tired of war, people are alarmed about ISIS, Iran, China and Russia. Paul's semi-isolationist stance was an easier sell when our engagements in the Middle East were still building. His dustup with Christie came across as nasty on both sides, with Paul accusing the New Jersey governor of blowing hot air. In the final minutes of the Great Debate, Senator Marco Rubio said God has blessed the Republican Party; we have some very fine candidates; Democrats can't even find one. ..." see full article


1140 days ago | washingtonpost
Rand Paul gets the fight that he's wanted for a year - Washington Post

"...Next, Paul got into a fight he had been spoiling for since 2014. At that time, he and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) argued across TV and op-ed pages about surveillance programs. Tonight, Christie went back at Paul, accusing him of "sitting in a subcommittee just blowing hot air" while people like Christie saw terror up close."I'm proud of standing for the Bill of Rights and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights," said Paul.Christie answered that with disdain, saying Paul had no idea how terrorists were caught."You hugged President Obama," said Paul. "If you want to give him a big hug again..."His line was drowned out by applause. "The hugs that I remember are the hugs that I gave the families who lost members on 9/11," snapped Christie. The senator's eyeroll was captured on the split screen...." see full article


1140 days ago | philly
Christie, Paul spar on national security - Philly.com
"...But it was Christie's argument with Paul that gave the New Jersey governor his best chance to command attention during the two-hour debate, as he tried to portray himself as the candidate who would be the toughest on national security by endorsing the National Security Agency's embattled surveillance program as necessary to combat terrorism.Noting that he had spent seven years as New Jersey's U.S. attorney "respecting civil liberties and protecting the homeland," Christie said, "I will make no apologies ever for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people."Paul, who this year worked to force the expiration of the NSA program, fired back at Christie, with interjections of "use the Fourth Amendment" and "get a warrant."..." see full article


1140 days ago | mashable
Chris Christie and Rand Paul duke it out in debate over surveillance - Mashable
"... I don't trust Obama with our records, I know you gave him a big hug and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead," said Paul.But Christie was quick to bite back as Paul stood grinning."You know what hugs I remember, are the hugs I gave to the families who lost their people on September 11th, those are the hugs I remember," said Christie, as Paul responded with a massive eye roll. Scorched...." see full article


1140 days ago | cleveland
No hugs between Chris Christie and Rand Paul during GOP debate - cleveland.com
"...Paul referred to a incident, just days before the November 2012 election, in which Christie embraced Obama while the Democratic president visited after Hurricane Sandy devastated Christie's state.An angered Christie responded: "You know what Senator Paul? The hugs that I remember are the hugs that I gave to families who lost their people on September 11th. Those are the hugs that I remember. And those had nothing to do with politics. Unlike what you're doing by cutting speeches on the floor of the Senate and putting them on the Internet within half an hour to raise money for your campaign and continuing to put our country at risk."Paul rolled his eyes, and debate moderators moved on to another question...." see full article


1140 days ago | politico
Rand Paul and Chris Christie in angry exchange over national security

"...Paul shot back that Christie fundamentally doesn't understand the Bill of Rights, and then moved to tie him to President Barack Obama, pointing to an infamous embrace he shared with the Democratic president after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. I don't trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead, Paul said.The audience cheered...." see full article


1140 days ago | vanityfair
Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tussle Over Hugs at Debate
"...This rankled Paul, who has famously filibustered several N.S.A.-related bills. I want to collect more records from terrorists but less records from innocent Americans, he said.  That's a completely ridiculous answer, Christie shot back. I want to collect more records from terrorists but less records from other people.' How are you supposed to know, Megyn?  He then accused Paul of sitting on a subcommittee blowing hot air about. Paul clearly did not like the assertion. Every time you did a case, you got a warrant from a judge, the senator replied. I'm talking about searches without warrants indiscriminately of all Americans records and that s what I fought to end. I don t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead. But Christie had possibly prepped an answer should the hug in question come up...." see full article


1140 days ago | theguardian
Rand Paul and Chris Christie tangle over surveillance during Republican debate

"...The two clashed in the most heated scenes of the debate yet over Paul's support for curtailing the National Security Agency. When Paul accused Christie in turn of getting too close to the White House and hugging Obama, the New Jersey governor shot back that the hugs he remembers were with the families of 9/11 victims.Yet divisive as the issue is among Republican voters, it is the most distinctive part of Paul's agenda and his passionate defence of the bill of rights brought warm applause from the crowd. In recent weeks, the Kentucky senator has struggled to connect with anyone and has been dogged by a scandal involving his campaign staff this week. He will be delighted to have been back on familiar territory with one of the most memorable scenes of the night...." see full article


1140 days ago | app
Did debate spur a Chris Christie comeback?
"...Gov. Chris Christie finally brought his New Jersey voice to the campaign for the Republican Party nomination for president.In the Fox News debate for the top-10 GOP candidates, the governor was loud, brash and in rivals' faces the Christie that largely has been absent since his campaign launched June 30.Whether the shift in persona wins over a national audience and turns around his fortunes Christie was ninth among 17 GOP candidates going into Fox's two GOP debates isn't yet clear, but the early read is that Christie breathed new life into his long-shot effort...." see full article


1140 days ago |

"...Governor Christie shot back, calling Paul's answer "completely ridiculous."Aug. 6, 2015."You know senator, when you're sitting in a sub-committee just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that. When you're responsible for protecting the lives of the American people, then what you need to do is to make sure that you use the system the way it's supposed to work," Christie said.The exchange was reflective of a widening gap within the Republican Party between those who favor more hawkish national security policies and those who prefer a more libertarian approach...." see full article


1140 days ago | reason
Rand Paul Has Best Moment in Tense Debate with 9/11-Obsessed Chris Christie
"...Sen. Rand Paul might have reclaimed some of his lost libertarian luster during a heated exchange with Chris Christie over the constitutionality of the NSA's phone records collection program.The fight started after Christie asserted that Paul was wrong to raise civil liberties concerns about NSA spying. I will make no apologies ever for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people, said Christie. We need to give more tools to our folks to be able to do that, not fewer, and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way. As president, that's exactly what I will do. ..." see full article


1140 days ago | northjersey
Sparring with Rand Paul is a highlight for Christie
"...Nearly 40 minutes into Thursday night's first Republican candidates debate, Governor Christie seemed to be fading into the background, a bystander gripping the lectern on the far left corner of the stage.Then he pounced on one of his favorite targets, Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator, who led a high-profile campaign to curtail the collection of phone and email data of U.S. citizens.Christie, New Jersey's federal prosecutor after the 9/11 attacks, accused Paul of making it harder for the nation to track down terrorists. I will make no apologies, ever, for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people, Christie began. We have to give more tools to our folks to be able to do th..." see full article


1140 days ago | bloomberg
Rand Paul and Chris Christie Battle Over the NSA - Bloomberg
"...Paul, who had taken combative stances against Donald Trump for the first moments of the night, wasn't done, though. "You fundamentally misunderstand the Bill of Rights," he said before going after Christie for embracing President Obama in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. "I know you gave him a big hug. If you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead."Christie then retorted that the hugs he remembered were with 9/11 families and suggested Paul has politicized his opposition to domestic surveillance by speaking against it on the Senate floor and then touting it in campaign fundraising...." see full article


1140 days ago | thenation
Rand Pauls Eye-Roll Marked the End of the 9/11 Era

"...Paul's smirking get-a-load-of-this-guy dismissal of Christie's ghoulish grandstanding is a nice final line for an important political chapter -it's the moment we knew for sure September 11 lost its currency in Republican politics. Paul wasn't immediately booed, nor shredded by the moderators, nor condemned as a terrorist sympathizer or worse, as certainly would have been the case during the Bush years. In fact, in the Drudge Report's insta-reaction online poll, Paul finished fifth and Christie was dead last.The eye-roll moment was a long time coming. It was foreshadowed in 2008 by the spectacular failure of Rudy Giuliani's Noun, Verb, 9/11 presidential campaign and John McCain's subsequent failure to use his support for the surge in Iraq as a ticket to the White House. In 2010 and 2012 the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were barely mentioned during national elections as concerns over the economy took center stage...." see full article


1140 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers

"...Christie is still dead but too stubborn to lay down. I remember the 9/11 argument, and it stopped working in 2008. His scrap with Paul will get a little heat, but he won't catch fire from tonight...." see full article


1140 days ago | townhall
Rowdy, Memorable Republican Debate Lives Up to Hype

"...The Kentucky Senator was rarin' to go from word one, throwing haymakers and Donald Trump and Chris Christie. Like any candidate, he shoehorned some of his go-to talking points into his responses, but not all of those injections were executed artfully.  By far his strongest moment was his prepared closing, in which he authentically cast himself as "a different type of Republican," pointing out that he's taken his message into communities too often ignored and neglected by conservatives.  ..." see full article



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