• Chris Christie OWNED Rand Paul On National Security

    National security ignited an explosive exchange between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Thursday night during the main Republican primary debate in Cleveland.

    Megan Kelly asked hawkish Christie to comment on terror and his opposition to libertarian Paul when it comes to government surveillance to fight terrorism.

    Christie discussing what he witnessed during 9/11 and the importance of striking a balance between respecting liberty and protecting citizens.

    “I will make no apologies ever for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people,” he said. “We have to give more tools to our folk to do this and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way.”

    Paul said his aim with curbing the Patriot Act was to ensure that the constitutional rights of innocent civilians would be respected, while directing more resources towards suspected criminals.

    “I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans,” Paul said. “The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over. John Adams said it was the spark that led to our independence, and I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights.”

    “That’s a completely ridiculous answer,” Christie retorted. “‘I want to collect more records from terrorists but less records from other people.’ How are you supposed to know, Megyn?”

    Use the Fourth Amendment. Get a warrant!” Paul interjected. “Get a judge to sign the warrant!”

    “Listen Senator, you know, when you’re sitting in a subcommittee just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that,” Christie said as the audience jeered. “When you’re responsible for protecting the lives of the American people, then what you need to do is to make sure you use the system the way it’s supposed to work.”

    Paul claimed Christie “fundamentally” doesn’t understand the Bill of Rights and reminded the audience of the infamous hug he shared with the President Obama 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.

    “Sen. Paul, you know, the hugs that I remember are the hugs I gave to the families who lost their people on September 11. Those are the hugs I remember,” Christie said. “And those had nothing to do with politics, unlike what you’re doing by cutting speeches on the floor of the Senate then putting them on the Internet within half an hour to raise money for your campaign and while still putting your country at risk.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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