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Paul slams Christie in word association game

By Joseph GerthThe Courier-Journal

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul appeared recently on the Kentucky Educational Television show "One to One," and host Bill Goodman went Jungian on him - enticing Kentucky's junior senator and presidential aspirant to take a word association test.

The verbose Paul often found it hard to limit his answers to just one word, often tossing out a phrase, a sentence or even multiple sentences instead of single words.

But it was enlightening and it gave us a bit more insight into his disdain for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the hefty pol who Paul nicknamed "the King of Bacon" last year. But more on that later.

Goodman gave Paul the names of several national politicians and asked him to respond.

For Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Paul used the words "affable, amiable, tries to get beyond partisanship," before launching into a discussion about how he has tried to work with Booker on issues where the two can find common ground.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: "I like the fact that he has been for more power for states and less government in his state. We have some disagreements on some other things."

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "Yesterday's news."

President Barack Obama: "Affable but often ineffectual."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida: "Thoughtful and part of the answer to making our party bigger."

And the aforementioned King of Bacon. "Bridges," he said before breaking into an impish grin.

That, of course, is a reference to the scandal that has seen top Christie aides resign after they approved the temporary closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as part of a scheme to exact political retribution against another politician.

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