Rubio Says Cruz Hurt US Intelligence Programs with Stance

Posted at 9:32 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 16:37:27-05

MIAMI (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says his rival Ted Cruz worked with Democrats to harm U.S. intelligence programs by restricting the federal government's bulk phone records collection program.


Rubio criticized the Texas senator during an interview on Wednesday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.


Cruz voted in favor of a bill Congress approved last June that killed the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone records collection program. It was replaced with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands.


Rubio says the USA Freedom Act weakened national security. Cruz has argued that it struck "the right balance between protecting our privacy rights and our national security interests."

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