Rand Paul Proud to Have Sarah Palin on His Side

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_060519e3de.jpgBill Clark/CQ Roll Call (NEW YORK) -- The recent public spat between Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has pushed former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the Kentucky Republican's corner. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, said last weekend, "I’m on Team Rand." 

"Rand Paul understands, he gets the whole notion of 'Don’t tread on me, government,' whereas Chris Christie is for big government and, you know, trying to go along to get along in so many respects."

Since both Paul and Christie have been mentioned prominently as candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Palin's words carry some weight, particularly among her Tea Party supporters. Interviewed by CNN, Paul gushed, "I love an endorsement by Sarah Palin, what’s not to love?" He added that he wants to expand the tent of the GOP by emphasizing privacy in light of revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, telling CNN, "I think that appeals to a lot of young people and will bring new people into our party if we become the party of privacy.  It’s hurt the president significantly."

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