Massie endorses Rand Paul for President as Paul vows to block Patriot Act extension

05/30/2015 03:28 PM

NEWPORT — Calling for the GOP to nominate a different kind of Republican than the last two presidential contenders, U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Vanceburg endorsed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for President.

Massie told the crowd of about 100 at a rally in Newport, that Paul is the only GOP candidate who can win key the swing states in a presidential election against possible democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I’m talking about Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado, these are states that we have lost for many years,” Massie said. “He’s winning those states in the polls.”

Massie later sent a written statement to the press on his endorsement, saying that Paul was the one who inspired him to run for Congress.

“More than anyone else, Rand understands that the entire Bill of Rights must be honored,” Massie said. “He inspired me to seek office, and I will continue to ‘Stand with Rand’ in his bid to defeat the Washington Machine and unleash the American Dream.”

Paul, who has said that he would block the Senate from passing an extension of the Patriot Act, which is set to expire on June 1, told the Kentucky crowd that he has valid reasons for taking his stance — protecting the Fourth Amendment of the United State’s Constitution.

“I’m all for looking at the records of terrorists,” Paul said. “I’m for looking at the records of who terrorists call. All I ask is for one simple thing, obey the Fourth Amendment.”

A section of the Patriot Act allows the National Security Agency the ability to bulk collect Americans’ telephone records, something Paul has railed against on the stump.

Paul was in Newport Saturday for a book signing at the Newport Peace Bell and left immediately after his speech without talking to members of the media.

He will be back on the Senate floor on Sunday afternoon to fight against the extension of the Patriot Act.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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