Rand Paul bets the campaign on ‘filibuster’

Rand Paul bets the campaign on ‘filibuster’

By Katie Glueck (Politico) –

Rand Paul seized the national stage on Wednesday with his second Mr. Smith-style speech on the Senate floor, linking his presidential hopes to an effort to halt the National Security Agency’s data collection program.

The 10 1/2-hour speech was the big, attention-grabbing moment that presidential campaigns crave, and Paul’s advisers saw it as a huge opportunity, even as rivals insisted the move was out of step with the Republican Party’s hawkish mood.

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