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Rand Paul: President Obama Fundamentally Misunderstands Constitutional Separation of Powers

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Published on Aug 18, 2013

"The checks and balances are supposed to come from independent branches of government," Paul said. "So he thinks that if gets some lawyers together from the NSA, and they do a powerpoint presentation and tell him everything's ok, that the NSA can police itself."

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday called for a Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's top-secret surveillance programs, arguing that congressional hearings and new safeguards announced by President Obama might not be sufficient to ensure privacy rights.

"I think the constitutionality of these programs needs to be questioned, and there needs to be a Supreme Court decision that looks at whether what they are doing is constitutional or not," Paul told "Fox News Sunday."

Rand also addressed the ongoing feud between his camp and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R). Paul's father, Congressman Ron Paul, recently stated, "Christie offers nothing."

John Roberts asked Sen. Paul if he agrees with his dad. Sen. Paul answered that the Republican Party is big enough for a lot of different Republicans. "That's how we grow our party. Libertarian Republicans, like myself, care about a right to privacy, we care about a moderate and less aggressive foreign policy."

He noted that the party is shrinking in the Northeast, but by being more inclusive of libertarians, the youth, Independents and even Democrats will be more attracted to the GOP. "Saying there's no room for us was a big mistake on their part," Sen. Paul said, calling out Christie's team.

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