Where the 2016 Republicans Stand on NSA Spying

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Dustin Volz
April 5, 2015, 4 p.m.

Nearly two years after Edward Snowden hoodwinked the National Security Agency, the GOP still has failed to reconcile its differences on surveillance policy. Nowhere is that more clear than a survey of Republicans eyeing the White House.

In one corner, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie make up the GOP’s wing of traditional defense hawks, vociferously defending mass phone and Internet spying as necessary to keep Americans safe from terrorist attacks. In the other, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz lead a tea party-infused faction clamoring to keep Big Brother’s prying eyes and ears far away from private conversations.

But no two candidates are perfectly alike, and many have yet to weigh in specifically on the NSA’s most controversial spying program—its bulk collection of US phone call metadata. As campaigns kick off and debates loom, each Republican presidential contender will have to answer: Where do you stand on the NSA?


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