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NSA Reform? No Way! Scott Walker Wants "Something Closer to the Patriot Act"

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Seriously? Everyone has gripes about the Patriot Act.

Well, everyone except Walker, who talks about "trying to create some sort of balance to make sure the Patriot Act doesn't run out."

Walker tried to suggest in New Hampshire that Sensenbrenner, who has long represented Walker in the House, is seeking to strike that balance.

Sensenbrenner says the governor is "misinformed."

"Continuing the present program is not the proper balance between privacy and national security," Sensenbrenner explained."There is no privacy if the government ends up collecting trillions of phone records made by Americans and storing it for five years."

The debate about domestic spying has evolved a great deal since just one senator, Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, voted against the Patriot Act in 2001. Now, there is broad concern about mass surveillance, in the Democratic and the Republican parties.

But there is one throwback candidate, Scott Walker, who "would prefer to have something closer to the Patriot Act intact."

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