Ron Paul says he couldn’t endorse Chris Christie as GOP nominee
Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is taking sides on the Rand Paul versus Chris Christie spat over foreign policy and the size of government. Not surprisingly, Ron Paul falls more along the lines of his son, Rand.
Report from The Hill:
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, a former candidate for president, opted not to endorse GOP nominee Mitt Romney during last year’s presidential election — one of only a handful of Republican congressmen to not do so.
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.
Ron Paul has grown a respectable following within the GOP since his runs in 2008 and 2012. His support seems to be increasing as more Americans become weary of government growth fostered by both major parties.