Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said it is “safe to say” he is not a fan of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and would not back him if he won the GOP nomination in 2016.
“At this moment, he is not going to have a change of heart: he is a big-government person, it would be similar to the last go-around — I couldn’t endorse our candidate,” Paul said on Fox Business Network in an interview to air Monday.
“I want to change things, I don’t think we are doing well,” he said of the GOP.
Paul made the comments after a public high-profile feud between his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — also a possible 2016 contender — and Christie over the scope of national surveillance programs and government spending.
Christie launched the fight, criticizing Rand Paul’s opposition to armed drone strikes and calls for greater oversight of the National Security Agency.
“The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate,” Christie said at the time.
Rand Paul eventually tried to end the tiff over beers, which Christie said he was too busy to make time for.
Paul said he didn’t appreciate the incident, but that it was an important moment highlighting the libertarian views held by him and his son. However, he said he would have much rather seen a debate about ending the Federal Reserve, a long-championed position.
“I don’t like the bickering back and forth,” he said. “I think it was significant debate: one person blasting those of us who believe in liberty and saying you shouldn’t be that critical of the government, that is significant, but still again two politicians going at it — I would much rather talk about why we should have a Fed or why we shouldn’t.”
Paul has started his own television channel, Ron Paul TV, which launches Monday. He said he hopes the channel will not hurt his son’s prospects for president, but said there is no way to tell.
“I can’t believe that it will hurt him and hopefully it helps him to some degree because the views will be very similar and that’s what we are going to be talking about,” he said.