Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCharles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Rand Paul calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant' Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies MORE (R-Ky.) said late Tuesday that Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieEnergy secretary: 'We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure' Christie: Biden lying about Georgia voting bill Experts take pro-vaccine message to right-wing skeptics MORE (R-N.J.) could create “World War III” with his foreign policy toward Russia.

“I think if you’re in favor of World War III, you have your candidate,” he said of Christie during the fifth GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas.


“What we want in a leader is someone with judgment, not someone who is reckless as to stand on the stage and say, ‘Yes, I’m jumping up and down, I’m going to shoot down Russian planes,’ ” Paul continued.

“It is a recipe for disaster. I think when we think about the judgment of someone who might want World War III, we might think about someone who might shut down a bridge because they don’t like their friends.”

Christie countered that Russian President Vladimir Putin is putting more lives in danger with his actions in Syria.

“If you think a no-fly zone is a reckless policy, you’re welcome to your opinion,” he said.

“But how’s it working so far when we have 200,000 Syrians murdered, slaughtered and millions more running around the world?” he asked.  “It’s not working.”

Christie initially drew Paul’s ire during the debate by promising he would never let Putin violate a no-fly zone over Syria.

“A no-fly zone means a no-fly zone,” he told CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer.  “Maybe it’s because I’m from New Jersey, I have this kind of plain language hang-up.

“Not only would I be prepared to do it, I would do it,” Christie added of shooting down Russian jets which violated a no-fly zone.

Putin favors keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power despite the longstanding rebellion against his government.

President Obama has opposed Putin’s stance by instead backing Syria’s rebellion against Assad.