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Chris Christie Scraps With Rand Paul Over NSA Surveillance

Chris Christie and Rand Paul clashed during the first Republican primary debate over government surveillance.

Christie vs. Paul on security vs. freedom. (Video via Fox News)

Christie told Paul "When you're sitting in a subcommittee blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that."

Paul shot back, "You fundamentally misunderstand the Bill of Rights. ... I know you gave him a big hug, if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead."

Christie often invokes 9/11 on the subject. "You can't enjoy your civil liberties if you're in a coffin."

Fighting government surveillance is a critical part of Paul's libertarian credentials.

But it might not play as well with base GOP voters.

This video includes an image from Getty Images and music from Chris Zabriskie / CC BY 4.0.

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