Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he is “happy” to “ratchet down” his feud with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for the greater good of the GOP.
The two Republican leaders have clashed this week over national defense and federal spending. In the most recent episode, Paul labeled Christie the “king of bacon” on CNN for the governor’s use of federal funds.
The tiff began last week when Christie lashed out against libertarian-leaning politicians like Paul and other conservatives, saying that lawmakers who oppose National Security Agency surveillance programs had forgotten the tragedy of 9/11.
Paul then criticized Christie for using 9/11 to make a political point and for demanding so much Hurricane Sandy aid.
Both Paul and Christie are seen as potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016. Paul hinted at a presidential run in his remarks on Wednesday, saying that he is trying to expand the party.
“I’ve been trying to help the national party to grow bigger, bringing new people into it,” Paul told WGIR-AM.
“I’m the kind of candidate, if I were to be a national candidate, that would be someone that says, ‘You know, young people, Republicans, we will protect your privacy, we do care about the Internet, we do want to promote a less aggressive foreign policy – a strong national defense, but a less aggressive foreign policy. I think if you see that, I think that will grow our party."