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Walker says Paul not helped by Patriot Act position

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DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he does not think Rand Paul's opposition to allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk is not helping the Kentucky senator's presidential run.

Walker is a likely presidential candidate but he has not yet declared. He was asked Monday about whether Paul's blocking a vote Sunday to extend the fiercely contested program helps him with Republican presidential primary voters.

Walker says, "I do not." Walker says voters want a balance of protecting civil liberties while giving the intelligence community tools it needs like the phone records.

Walker says he hopes the Senate will soon pass an extension that the House has already approved.

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