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Ted Cruz On Christie-Paul Feud: I'm Proud To Stand With Rand

"I am proud to stand side by side with Rand Paul."

Posted on July 29, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. ET

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Texas Senator and potential 2016 Republican primary contender Ted Cruz said he stood with Rand Paul when asked about an ongoing feud between the Kentucky senator and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Cruz was appearing on Fox News' online show Power Play, hosted by Fox's digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt.

"I am proud to stand side by side with Rand Paul. He and I have been fighting over and over and over again in the Senate to defend our constitutional liberties," said Cruz. "I'll say this — some of this tiff, Governor Christie is entitled to his views, he's entitled to express his views, I think most Americans don't care about politicians bickering in Washington. They don't care about egos and the battles that will happen in the beltway. What they're interested in is solving the problems that we've got here."

At a forum in Colorado last week, Christie cautioned against the increasing influence of libertarianism in the Republican party.

"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, according to the Washington Post.

Paul fired back at Christie Sunday, saying politicians like Christie are "precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their 'Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now.' Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense."

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