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Jeb Bush Says The Best Part Of Obama's Presidency Was Continued NSA Spying

In an interview on Michael Medved's radio program on Tuesday, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the one part of Obama's presidency he likes was the NSA's mass collection of American's phone records.

He stated, "I would say the best part of the Obama administration has been his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced. Even though he never defends it, even though he never admits it, there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation of our national government is to keep us safe."

Bush also said that there was technology in place that could be used to protect the United States and the civil liberties of Americans.

After Snowden's leaks, Obama restricted some parts of the program but left most of it as is. A bill to limit the NSA's authority to collect phone calls failed in the Senate last year. It shows some of the Republican divide on the subject.

Both Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) supported the bill to curb the program. Passed under President George W. Bush, the legal provision in the Patriot Act is set to expire in June, but that does not mean the program will end.

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