Rand Paul Criticizes Savannah Guthrie: "Let Me Explain Instead of Talking Over Me"

Rand Paul - H 2015
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Rand Paul - H 2015

Rand Paul tells Savannah Guthrie she is "editorializing" and explains his "better way to approach" subjects.

Rand Paul decided to tell Today's Savannah Guthrie how to conduct her interview with him, rebuking her when she questioned him about his foreign policy views.

“You have had views on foreign policy in the past that were somewhat unorthodox, but you seem to have changed over the years,” Guthrie told the Kentucky senator, who just announced his run for presidency. “You once said Iran was not a threat, now you say it is. You once proposed ending foreign aid to Israel, now you support it, at least for the time being. And you once offered to drastically cut..."

As Paul interjected and Guthrie attempted to finish her question, the two spoke at the same time.

"Why don't we let me explain instead of talking over me, okay?" said Paul. "Before we go through a litany of things you say I've changed on, why don't you ask me a question: Have I changed my opinion?"

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Guthrie obliged. "Have you changed your opinion?" she said. "That's a better way to approach it," replied Paul. "Okay," said Guthrie, undeterred. "Is Iran still not a threat?"

"No, no, no, you've editorialized it," said Paul. "No, no, no, no, listen. You've editorialized. Let me answer a question. You asked a question and you say 'Have your views changed?' instead of editorializing and saying my views have changed."

Paul was not only frustrated with Guthrie, but also with an Associated Press reporter. On Wednesday the AP's Philip Elliott interviewed Paul about his views on abortion and wrote that Paul "grew testy when pressed in the interview on the question of exceptions." Paul said, "I gave you about a five-minute answer. Put in my five-minute answer."