(SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom watched intently this week as potential presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul denounced "drunk with power" government spy agencies to a hall full of UC Berkeley students - and was showered with cheers and a standing ovation.
"The issue of privacy is the issue of our time," Newsom said afterward. But he was less focused on the message than on the messenger: a Republican senator from Kentucky who attracted an adoring crowd in one of the most liberal cities in the U.S.
Newsom was something of an advance scout for Democrats, especially former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Newsom was an early endorser of her 2008 presidential run and will be on board again should she decide to run in 2016.
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