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Jindal, Christie spar at GOP debate

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum shakes hands with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (right) as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (extreme left) shakes hands with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at the conclusion of a forum for lower polling candidates held by Fox Business Network before the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum shakes hands with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (right) as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (extreme left) shakes hands with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at the conclusion of a forum for lower polling candidates held by Fox Business Network before the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday.  

Exchange some feisty barbs on the state of the U.S. economy during a Republican under-card debate.

Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie exchanged some feisty barbs on the state of the U.S. economy during a Republican under-card debate.

Both Mr. Jindal and Mr. Christie — relegated to the under-card GOP presidential debate — were seen sparring with each other during the debate on Tuesday night.

It’s about results

“Chris, look,” Mr. Jindal said in one of the more memorable moments of the debate, “I’ll give you a ribbon for participation and a juice box. But in the real world, it’s about results. It’s about actually cutting government spending, not just talking about cutting government spending.”

Mr. Christie responded immediately to the jabs by turning the focus onto the Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.

“Yeah, listen. We stopped Obamacare in New Jersey because we refused to participate in the federal exchange,” he said.

“Not for Hillary as President”

“But, here’s the bigger issue. What do you think’s going to happen when Hillary Clinton is elected President of the U.S.? The woman who tried to impose healthcare on this country over 20 years ago? And, she was stopped then by a strong group of republicans, and an American public that said, ‘No, thank you,’” said Mr. Christie, who is the Governor of New Jersey that has a significant Indian-American population.

“What she will do is move us towards a single-payer system. She will completely nationalise the federal health care system. That’s what she wanted to do 20 years ago, and I guarantee you that’s what she’ll do if you give her the keys to the White House one more time,” Mr. Christie said.

“The fact is we need someone who knows how to beat Democrats, who knows how to beat Democrats in a Democratic area. I’ve done it twice as Governor of New Jersey, and Hillary Clinton doesn’t want one minute on that stage with me next September when I’m debating her, and prosecuting her for her vision for America,” he argued.

Got to change the direction

Mr. Jindal argued that sending a big government Republican to DC was not enough to fix this problem. “It’s not enough just to beat Ms. Clinton. We’ve got to change the direction of our country,” he said.

“What that means is let’s shrink the government, not slow its growth rate, but actually shrink the government, so we can grow the American economy. That is the fundamental issue we should be debating here tonight,” he said.

Mr. Christie continued lashing out at Ms. Clinton.

“The fact is that if you listen to Hillary Clinton, she has made it very clear, she believes that she can make decisions for you better than you can make them for yourself,” he said.

“She believes that Washington DC should pick the winners and losers in our economy, and in our life. And here’s what I believe as a Republican, I believe the greatness of America is not in its government. The greatness of America is in the American people. And what we need to do is get the government the hell out of the way and let the American people win once again,” Mr. Christie said.

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