Rand Paul's Wife Defends His "Relationships With Women" on 'Today'

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Kelley Paul

Less than a week after the Republican presidential candidate got into a heated discussion with 'Today's' Savannah Guthrie, Kelley Paul sat down with Hoda Kotb on the NBC morning show.

Shortly after announcing that he was running for president, Republican hopeful Rand Paul got into a heated exchange with Savannah Guthrie on NBC's Today.

In a video interview, Paul criticized Guthrie for "talking over [him]" and "editorializ[ing]," saying, "Before we go through a litany of things you say I've changed on, why don't you ask me a question?"

Tuesday morning, less than a week later, Paul's wife, Kelley, sat down with Today's Hoda Kotb to defend her husband against the charges of sexism that have emerged in the wake of that exchange and explain the Kentucky senator's testy encounters with some other female reporters.

Kotb, who was filling in for Guthrie during the earlier hours of Today on Tuesday, asked Kelley what she was thinking as she watched her husband's interview with Guthrie.

"As a spouse, you always want the person you love to come off the best that they can," said Kelley. "So it's hard for me, sometimes, to see him being criticized because that's not who he is in terms of his relationships with women. His longtime surgical partner — over 10 years — was a female surgeon."

But Kelley said that now that she finds herself in the spotlight, she realizes how hard it can be to say the right thing in those situations.

"I hate to be overly critical because now that I'm doing some of it myself, I realize how hard it can be in the moment," she said. "The more I'm putting myself out there, the more I'm shutting up because I realize how hard it is."

Watch Kelley's full interview below.