Rand Paul proposes fried Twinkie summit with Christie

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was rebuffed after proposing that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) should bury the hatchet over a beer, is now proposing a different kind of peace summit.

Appearing on a local Iowa radio station, Paul suggested the two meet at the Iowa State Fair and settle their differences over a State Fair delicacy — the fried Twinkie.

Asked by radio host Simon Conway about appearing on his show together, Paul said he was open to it.

"If there's a State Fair, we could go for a fried Twinkie," Paul said.

Christie, who is well-known for struggles with his weight, laughed off a question last year about reports that Hostess would cease producing the popular cream-filled pastry.

"You think you're getting me behind this microphone having me talk about Twinkies?" Christie said with a smile. "This is a set-up, man. I know it. You people are the worst. This is a set-up. I am not answering questions on Twinkies."

Since then, Christie has announced that he underwent weight-loss surgery and said he is on his way to his goals.

Paul has previously called Christie the "King of Bacon" over his demand for federal aid after Hurricane Sandy.

Christie and Paul have traded shots repeatedly in recent months, with Paul hitting Christie over Sandy aid and Christie attacking libertarians like Paul for opposing extensive government surveillance.

Both are considered leading potential 2016 presidential candidates who may indeed find themselves in Iowa at the same time.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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