Rand Paul Hits Back At Pete King On NSA Spying

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday pushed back against criticism from a fellow Republican who said “Americans will die” if they listen to the senator.

Paul was asked by radio host Mike Broomhead on Arizona’s KFYI about the comments, which were made Sunday by Rep. Pete King (R-NY).

King had taken to Fox News to accuse Paul of “spreading fear among the American people” by criticizing the National Security Agency. King also said “people like Rand Paul are putting the American lives at risk.”

“I think there are always going to be people who succumb to fear and trade their liberty for security,” Paul said in the radio interview.

He went on to suggest the majority of Americans are against warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.

“I’m not against the NSA. I’m not against spying on terrorists, but I am against collecting all the records of Americans,” said Paul, adding, “I think the American public’s with me on this.”

Listen to audio of Paul’s appearance below.

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