Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) got into a testy exchange Wednesday with a female anchor whom he accused of “editorializing” for pointing out his evolving foreign policy positions.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today,” Savannah Guthrie asked the newly-minted presidential candidate whether he’d “mellowed out” over the years on his “unorthodox” positions toward Iran, foreign aid to Israel and defense spending.
“Why don’t you let me explain instead of talking over me, okay?” Paul interrupted. “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?’ That would be sort of a better way to approach an interview.”
“Okay, is Iran still not a threat?” Guthrie ventured.
“No, no, no, no, no, listen,” Paul replied. “You’ve editorialized. Let me answer a question. You ask a question and you say, ‘Have your views changed?’ Instead of editorializing and saying my views have changed.”
The interview was reminiscent of a February exchange between Paul and CNBC anchor Kelly Evans about tax holiday legislation. Paul had accused Evans of mischaracterizing the issue, told her to “calm down” and shushed her.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.