A look at how 2016's potential presidential contenders have responded to hot-button issues

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 14, 2014 - 4:10 PM

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is weighing a White House run in 2016, has been reluctant to weigh in on some hot-button national issues. Here's some of his possible Republican rivals have said in recent weeks.


—Christie, on CNBC's "Squawk Box":

"Who knows, is the Supreme Court right? ... The point is, why should I give an opinion on whether they're right or wrong? In the end of the day, they did what they did."

—Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in an official statement:

"Today's decision is further proof that Obamacare represents one of the greatest governmental overreaches in our nation's history." ''

—Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, in an official statement:

"Our nation was founded on the principle of freedom, and with this decision, America will continue to serve as a safe haven for those looking to exercise religious liberty."

—Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in an official statement:

"The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a re-affirmation of America's commitment to religious freedom and a reminder of why Obamacare is such a flawed law that needs to be entirely repealed and replaced."


—Christie, speaking to reporters last weekend:

"I'm not going to give opinions on that, I'm not the president. But what I can tell you is that a lot of what is happening there now is caused by a sense of America backing off of its commitments in that region. And I don't think that's a positive for the future of the region in terms of its stability."

—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in an official statement:

"We must condemn the terrorist attacks on the people of Israel. Let's be clear about this: Hamas and other terrorists are the perpetrators. There should be no ambiguity here."

—Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on "The Kelly File," speaking of Hamas:

"This is a terrorist organization. Our own State Department says it's a terrorist organization. We're either for freedom or we're for terrorism, we need to make up our minds what we're for."

— Perry, in an official statement:

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