- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, whipped up the faithful in a visit to New Hampshire on Friday, lighting into President Barack Obama and the state’s mostly Democratic Congressional delegation.

Headlining a “Unity Breakfast” Friday morning in Manchester, Paul maintains that Obama had overstepped his authority by leaving Congress out of key decisions including the use of military force in Iraq and Syria.

“Does this not scare the you-know-what out of you,” Paul asked to cheers from the 350 Republicans, including the entire slate of statewide candidates and most of the candidates they defeated in Tuesday’s primary.

Later Friday, Paul endorsed Scott Brown for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown is the former senator from Massachusetts who moved to New Hampshire in December and won Tuesday’s primary to set up a run against Shaheen. Paul faulted Shaheen for supporting Obama’s agenda, including health care overhaul, but tied it all to one theme.

“The top of the list is his disregard for the constitution,” Paul said.

The senator implored the Republicans to work together after a sometimes testy primary, saying they could win in November and help retake control of the Senate.

“I don’t see division. I see unity and I smell victory,” he said.

At the University of New Hampshire, Paul and Brown tailored their message to the students, warning that the policies of today will affect their lives on topics including job creation, student loans, higher tuition, immigration and foreign policy.

“We really have a problem in our country,” Paul said, leaning toward a familiar theme of government overreach. “We have a country where the government has run amok.”

Paul has visited the important early-voting state several times over the past two years. He says he’ll decide whether to run for president in the spring.

Brown pledged to work across the political divide.

“All the challenges we’re facing right now are going to be on you,” he said. “I don’t have all the answers but I can tell you one thing: I’m going to work to find the answers.”

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