The ongoing debate regarding the USA Patriot Act has resulted in some very interesting alignment among 2016 Presidential Candidates. Several announced and unannounced candidates have weighed in on the issue and staked their position within this debate. Republican Gov. Chris Christie commentedthat U.S. citizens couldn’t enjoy their civil liberties if they are dead and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called Gov. Christie’s comments “political pornography,” going as far as telling Gov. Christie that he should be more calculated about the use of his words if he wants to be taken seriously. Strangely, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) became an interesting pair of bedfellows when normally the two candidates’ stances could not be more different.  Both have stated that they believe the House’s USA Freedom Act does enough to protect civil liberties and uphold national security. Of all the 2016 candidates who have weighed in, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has made this debate a cornerstone of his image. While some political analysts thought that Sen. Paul might scale back on his libertarian rhetoric, his ten and a half hour unofficial filibuster showed that he is doing the opposite. Sen. Paul told reporters that he would do everything humanely possible to ensure that the Patriot Act is not extended and it seems as though he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Sen. Paul coined the motto “Stand With Rand” and his latest actions may suggest that by standing with Rand you are standing in defense of civil liberties. 

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