Rand Paul Rips Into Obama on NSA and Bashes Marco Rubio's Immigration Bill
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is one of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. On Thursday, in an email sent out by the Campaign for Liberty which is chaired by his father former Congressman Ron Paul, Rand Paul came out swinging at President Barack Obama on a host of issues.
“President Obama's NSA was recently caught spying, collecting, and storing data on virtually every American citizen,” Paul wrote. “And some are now saying the ‘Obamacare’ database may end up being even worse.”
Paul also insisted an immigration reform bill backed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also was a danger to Americans’ civil liberties. Rubio is also a top contender for the Republican presidential nod in 2016.
"I'm afraid the worst spying and data collection scheme of them all could turn out to be the massive National ID database buried deep within the so-called ‘immigration reform bill,’” Paul wrote. “While I support true immigration reform, the truth is this legislation fails to secure our border and is a replay of the same failed reform schemes you and I have seen over the years. And given Barack Obama's hunger for more information on the American people, you can be sure his cronies will abuse the National ID database in the same manner the NSA and IRS have. That's why every American who values liberty -- no matter what they think of the other provisions of the bill -- should oppose this National ID scheme.”
But in May, Rubio's team argued the immigration bill does not pave the way for a National ID database.