2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul appeared on the Today Show Wednesday morning, and while there he clashed with host Savannah Guthrie, who clearly tried to call him out.
It all started when Guthrie asked if him if his foreign policy views have mellowed over the years.
“You have had views in the past on foreign policy that are somewhat unorthodox,” Guthrie said, citing Iran, Israeli aid, and defense spending. “But you seemed to have changed.”
“Why don’t we let me explain instead of talking over me,” Paul interjected. “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 a better way to approach it. You’ve editorialized.”
Guthrie stumbled and tried to rephrase her question, but Paul wasn’t having any of it.
“No, no, no, no, no, listen, you’ve editorialized,” he said, according to Mediaite. “Let me answer a question.”
Guthrie then referenced a 2007 statement he made in which he said Iran was not a threat.
“2007 was a long time ago and events do change over long periods of time,” Paul said. “We’re talking about a time when I wasn’t running for office and I was helping somebody else run for office.”
Paul added that Iran is most definitely a threat now.
“However, I am for negotiation over war, and I think I’ve been one of the reasonable people in our party who hasn’t been beating the drums for war,” Paul continued. “So I think my position on Iran is one that reflect the events.”
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