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Rep. Paul: Repeal Patriot Act, NDAA

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Michael R. Crittenden
Wall Street Journal
February 5, 2012

CHANHASSEN, Minn.–GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul is attracting strong support at a series of rallies in Minnesota Saturday, and few lines of his stump speech are receiving more cheers than his call to repeal the Patriot Act and National Defense Authorization Act.

Mr. Paul, rallying voters ahead of Tuesday’s Minnesota caucuses, told supporters at an afternoon rally that these laws -– particularly the NDAA -– “is not what this country is about!” The sentiment, as it was in campaign stops earlier this week in Nevada, was met with hearty cheers from Mr. Paul’s backers, many of whom were turned away or forced to listen from outside the venue on a brisk winter afternoon.

With a libertarian platform focused on reducing the influence of the federal government and boosting individual rights, Mr. Paul is a natural adversary for the more invasive provisions in the Patriot Act and NDAA. The latter especially is a frequently yelled slogan at Mr. Paul’s event, typically with a derisive sneer or as a rallying cry for supporters.

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