Paul, Christie Spar Over Expanded Government Surveillance

“I don’t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, if you want to give him a big hug again go ahead,” Sen. Rand Paul tells former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at Fox News Republican presidential debate in Cleveland.

  • Christie attacks Paul for holding up recent bill that revamped NSA data collection; says he’s only person on stage who’s actually filed applications under Patriot Act and ‘prosecuted and investigated and jailed terrorists’’
  • Paul: “We need to collect more records from terrorists, less” from average citizens
    • Christie calls that “ridiculous answer”
  • Says Paul sits in subcmte “blowing hot air” on issue
  • Earlier: Paul, Delaying Passage, Says He Can’t Stop NSA Surveillance Bill
  • NOTE: Debate includes the 10 top GOP candidates based on recent polling; earlier, the 7 lowest-ranked contenders squared off

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