On Monday night, former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto that it is “safe to say” he is not a fan of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been publicly feuding with Paul’s son, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
“I don’t like the bickering back and forth,” Paul replied. “I think it was a significant debate, you know, one person blasting those of us who believe in liberty and saying that you shouldn’t be that, you know, critical of the government. That is significant, but still, again, two politicians going at it, I would much rather, you know, talk about why we should have a Fed or why we shouldn’t have a Fed.”
Paul continued on some of the shortcomings of Christie, referring to him as a “big-government person.”
CAVUTO: It sounds like you are not a Christie fan.
PAUL: That would be safe to say, yes.
CAVUTO: So, if he was the Republican nominee in 2016 — we’re way ahead of ourselves, if you’ll forgive me, congressman — but if he were, if he were, would you not support him?
PAUL: Oh no, I at this moment, he is not going to have, you know, a change of heart. He is a big-government person. So, it would be similar to, you know, in the last go around: I couldn’t endorse our candidate. But I want to change things. I don’t think we’re doing well, you know.
CAVUTO: You are sort of — both parties are sort of — sort of glommed into one another here. And I’m just wondering, there is this sort of philosophical battle going on within the Republican Party, to your point on the Chris Christie-Rand Paul dust up over how far you go surveilling people.
Paul also spoke about his new Internet-based news channel, saying he hopes it doesn’t politically hurt Rand Paul, who is rumored to be considering a 2016 run for president.
“I hope it doesn’t hurt him, but you know, you never know, what it might do,” Paul said. “I can’t believe it will hurt him — and hopefully it helps him to some degrees, because the views will be very similar, and that’s what we’re going to be talking about.”