Rand Paul Stands Against the Patriot Act

ABC News' Jonathan Karl on Sen. Rand Paul's Senate floor showdown over NSA surveillance.
2:07 | 05/24/15

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Meanwhile, we just saw that scramble in the republican-led senate, over the president's domestic surveillance program, trying to take down the patriot act. Blocking a vote to extend it. One of the key players, presidential candidate Rand Paul, his actions may have big implications for the war on terror and for his own prospects in 2016. Made phone calls -- There's senator Rand Paul. Once again having a filibuster moment, leading a ten-hour talkathon. And I will not let the patriot act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged. American people say, enough is enough, we want our privacy protected. The collection must end and I think we have the votes to do it now. Reporter: By attempting to dismantle a key part of George W. Bush's war on terrorism, he's once again showing he's not your average republican. He's done it on drones. When I ask a president, can you kill an American on American soil, it should have been an easy answer. Reporter: He's done it on criminal justice reform. I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally. Reporter: While Paul was making his senate floor stand his campaign was hawking merchandise. A filibuster starter pack with this t-shirt and this bumper sticker for $30. This puts him on a collision course with his 2016 republican rivals, from Chris Christie. The first job of the president of the United States is to protect the homeland and that's what we need to do. Reporter: To Jeb bush. There's ample evidence that the patriot act has been a tool to keep us safe. There's no evidence of anyone's civil liberties being violated because of it. Reporter: The former Florida governor meanwhile was out on the trail. Finding a new way to put distance between himself and his brother. I think that in Washington, during my brother's time, republicans spent too much money but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C.

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