While there was no clear winner during last night’s Republican debate, one interesting episode was the clash between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
This is not the first time Christie attacked Paul on his push for eliminating the NSA’s bulk data collection program that targets Americans without a warrant.
Last month, Christie slammed Paul on the Morning Joe Show.
“People are really worried about ISIS, they’re worried about the threat of terrorism, and that’s why what Rand Paul has done to make this country weaker and more vulnerable is a terrible thing,” Christie said.
“And for him to raise money off of it? It’s disgraceful,” Christie continued.
“As the only guy who used the Patriot Act in this race, as a former prosecutor, we’re going to look back on this, and he should be in front of hearings, in front of Congress, if there’s another attack. Not the director of the FBI or the director of the CIA,” said Christie.
During last night’s Republican debate, FoxNews moderator Megan Kelley asked Christie about this statement regarding Paul, “Do you really believe you can assign blame to Senator Paul just for opposing the bulk collection of people’s phone records in the event of a terrorist attack?”
“I will make no apologies, ever, for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people,” answered Christie.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 7, 2015
Paul responded by saying, “I want to collect more records from terrorists but less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the revolution over. John Adams said it was a spark that led to our war for independence. And I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights.”
Check out the video below to see the full exchange.