“We’ve asked about a reality show, ” Rand joked last night, wearing his cowboy boots and jeans. “We’ve asked the Ethics Committee if we can do it, and how we can be compensated.”
The bipartisan duo were the guests at a discussion hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen in which they discussed a freshly minted odd couple status.
“I could write a dissertation on our differences,” explained Booker, a newcomer to the Senate who has aligned himself with Paul on a number of issues, winning his friendship and trust.
“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” he said, explaining the need for members of both parties to work together.
The two have found common ground on the Redeem Act, which seeks to overhaul the justice system, allowing criminals, particularly young drug addicts convicted of non-violent offenses, better pathways to rehabilitation and success in life.
When they aren’t bonding over legislation, the two dish about their mutual adoration of “Seinfeld” and social media.
“Let’s post a selfie,” said Booker, an avid tweeter.
Paul, a recent recruit to SnapChat, gamely joined him for a photo during the discussion.
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) July 9, 2014
Allen asked Booker about his musical tastes. He said he is partial to “gospel, Bon Jovi, rap and show tunes. I don’t mind a little Les Mis,” he added, alluding to the classic “Les Miserables.”
Booker demurred when asked about his state’s governor, Chris Christie, a potential contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, only saying that Christie “will continue governing,” adding that he and Christie stay in touch via text often.
Paul, planning appearances in Iowa this summer, was equally coy about his own potential presidential run in 2016.
He was, however, direct about one thing: The Congressional Baseball Game, which his party lost last month. Looking forward to 2015, he said: “We’re bitter and we’re coming back for blood.”