Friday, July 26, 2013

Chris Christie rails against 'libertarianism' in Republican Party

Christie goes after libertarians — hard - Aaron Blake, Post Politics, Washington Post:

"ASPEN, Colo. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday offered a clear broadside against Republicans drifting toward a more libertarian view of foreign policy, lumping Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in with them and suggesting they explain their position to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"The House earlier this week narrowly voted against a reduction in funding for the National Security Agency’s program collecting Americans’ phone records, as libertarian-leaning members from both sides joined together to vote for the amendment.

"'As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,' Christie said....

"In response, Paul’s team said Christie doesn’t understand what “esoteric” means and noted the growing ranks of those concerned about government overreach.

"Defending America and fighting terrorism is the concern of all Americans, especially Sen. Paul,' Paul’s former chief of staff, Doug Stafford, said. 'But it can and must be done in keeping with our constitution and while protecting the freedoms that make America exceptional.'"

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