Republican presidential hopefuls Chris Christie and Rand Paul got in shouting match Thursday that started over a disagreement about national security, but ended with a dig at Christie’s now infamous 2012 embrace of President Barack Obama.
“Do you really believe you can assign blame to Sen. Paul just for opposing the bulk collection of people's phone record in the event of a terrorist attack?” Christie was asked at the Fox News GOP presidential debate.
“Yes I do,” the New Jersey governor replied.
In Congress, Paul has fought parts of the Patriot Act that allowed the government to collect bulk amounts of phone data in an effort to monitor terrorist activities.
“I don't trust President Obama with our records, I know you gave him a big hug,” Paul said, referencing Christie's embrace of the president in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy -- and just days before the election. The hug from Christie, who was a popular surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the time, angered some conservatives for seeming to undermine the GOP message.
“Sen. Paul, you know the hugs that I remember are the hugs I gave to families who lost their people on september 11, those are the hugs I remember,” Christie shot back.