CHICAGO (AP) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his opposition to government surveillance programs into political momentum as the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway.

CHICAGO (AP) Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is fighting to transform his opposition to government surveillance programs into political momentum as the 2016 presidential campaign gets underway.

Last week, the Republican infuriated his party leaders by almost single-handedly delaying the extension of the Patriot Act. He's promoting his opposition in interviews across the country this week as he campaigns in three states before another showdown in Congress.

Paul is also putting new distance between himself and the rest of his party's presidential hopefuls.

Paul stood on the Senate floor for nearly 11 hours last week to protest the National Security Agency's bulk collection program that monitors Americans' phone records. The Senate reconvenes Sunday just hours before parts of the act are set to expire.