Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to business people May 11 at Aspen Insurance Agency in Manchester. (Dan Tuohy)
Presidential hopeful Rand Paul is planning to wage war on the Patriot Act as controversial parts of it come up for reauthorization in the coming weeks.
"I'm going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward," he said in a one-on-one interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. "We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us. And we are going to demand amendments and we are going to make sure the American people know that some of us at least are opposed to unlawful searches."
Paul, the Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky, said that even architects of the Patriot Act say roving wiretapping by the National Security Agency was not part of the legislation's intent.
Paul met with business people Monday morning in Manchester and the candidate is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting in Londonderry at noonMonday.
Twenty State Reps endorse Rand Paul
State Sens. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, and Kevin Avard, R-Nashua, introduced Paul at the Londonderry Lions Club on Monday ahead of an announcement of 20 state representatives endorsing the candidate.
The list of legislators: Rep. Laura Jones, R-Rochester, Rep. Dan McGuire, R-Epsom, Rep. Keith Ammon, R-New Boston, Rep. Keith Murphy, R-Bedford, Rep. Chris Adams, R-Brookline, Rep. Glen Aldrich, R-Gilford, Rep. Ralph Boehm, R-Litchfield, Rep. Eric Eastman, R-Nashua, Rep. Bart Fromuth, R-Bedford, Rep. Larry Gagne, R-Manchester, Rep. Joseph Hannon, R-Lee, Rep. Shem Kellogg, R-Plaistow, Rep. Joe Lachance, R-Manchester, Rep. Jim McConnell, R-Keene, Rep. David Murotake, R-Nashua, Rep. Jim Parison, R-New Ipswich, Rep. Eric Schleien, R-Hudson, Rep. Brian Seaworth, R-Pembroke, Rep. Victoria Sullivan, R-Manchester, and Rep. Nick Zaricki, R-Goffstown.