Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Tuesday that, when it comes to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, young Americans are with him and not President Barack Obama.
“They see him now as a hypocrite who’s unwilling to defend the privacy of the internet,” Paul said on CNN, according to Politico. “I think issues like this resonate beyond the Republican label and I think they’re going to help us become a bigger national party and Republicans will find out that I will and I do say that we do everything we can to protect our country, consistent with our constitution. That’s what we’re defending.”
Paul was referring to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday. The survey found Obama’s approval rating had slipped under water, with much of the dip attributed to his 17-point in support in the last month among Americans under the age of 30.