By Justin Sink - 08/18/13 02:09 PM EDT
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) swiped at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday, saying during an interview with Fox News that "there's room for people who believe in bigger government in our party."
"What I would say is the party is big enough for both of us," Paul said. "It's big enough for a lot of different Republicans."
Christie and Paul, both considered potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, have spent the better part of the last month publicly criticizing one another on a range of policy issues.
Paul's father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), further fanned the flames when he told CNN last week that Christie "offers nothing."
"I couldn’t vote for him because I don’t think he agrees with probably anything I say,” the elder Paul said. “I wouldn’t do it because he offers nothing. No change. He’s the status quo. It’s more big government and that’s not what I’ve been about.”
On Sunday, Rand Paul would not directly address his father's comments, but said Christie had made a "big mistake" by saying there was "no room" for libertarians in the Republican Party. The Kentucky lawmaker said that "the party in the northeast is shrinking down to almost nothing," and that his libertarian ideology could attract young voters, and even Democrats.
"That's how we grow our partly," Paul said. "Libertarian Republicans care about the right to privacy, we care about a more moderate and less aggressive foreign policy, and I think that will bring new people to our party."