“If this can stop one attack, it’s worth infringing on legal citizens’ rights.”
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Rand Paul notched a big victory in Washington on Sunday night by following through on his promise to block the renewal of the anti-terrorism law used to justify domestic spying programs.
But back in Iowa, where Paul has tried to use the issue in recent days to revive his struggling presidential campaign, many Republican voters have responded with unease.
Even some who stood in line to see Paul as he traveled the state last week said that they simply could not agree with his argument that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection was an unreasonable invasion of privacy.
“If you’re not doing anything wrong, what are you worried about?” said Tom Charlton, 64, a retired sales training manager for a tire company, who was first in line at a book-signing with Paul in Davenport. “If this can stop one attack, it’s worth infringing on legal citizens’ rights.”
Vivian Martin, 71, bought a copy of Paul’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” and watched him speak here, but she said his views give her pause.
“I don’t want the mall to get bombed because they didn’t get the information they needed,” said Martin, who runs a water-softening business with her husband.
Another Republican, retired preschool teacher Sally Cram, 62, said after leaving a town hall meeting with Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) that she supports the NSA program because “I’m a person who believes our government tells us the truth.”
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