Rand Paul Snaps at Reporter Who Called Him Out for Flip-Flopping on Several Issues (Video)

rand-paul-todayWhile Rand Paul’s presidential campaign is still in its infancy, it’s becoming increasingly clear to many that the son of Ron Paul isn’t ready for primetime. Just within the first day his campaign he’s been mocked on Twitter, his website misspelled “education” when talking about his plan for education, and some of the items he’s trying to get people to buy are absolutely ridiculous.


And he hasn’t even remotely gotten to the difficult parts yet like, you know, the debates.

Well, if one of his first big interviews following his presidential announcement is any indication of what’s to come, Paul’s campaign is going to be an absolute disaster.

While speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, the NBC anchor pressed Paul on his previous stances about Iran not being a threat; about how we should cut aid to Israel; and that he wanted to decrease defense spending. All three of those stances that Paul once held changed recently to coincide with more typical Republican rhetoric. 

Needless to say, Paul wasn’t a fan of Guthrie calling out his flip-flops.

Cutting her off before she could even finish her question, the Kentucky senator said, “Why don’t we let me explain instead of talking over me.”

The problem is, it was Paul who was trying to talk over Ms. Guthrie, clearly attempting to cut off her line of questioning.

“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 better way to approach an interview,” he continued.

Nothing like being arrogant and condescending toward a reporter who’s asking you a very simple – and fairly important – series of questions. Meanwhile, nothing she said was out of line, or even controversial. The issue here was Paul was being called out for flip-flopping on several key issues to better pander to the Republican base and he flat-out didn’t like the fact that she was doing it. Even after he finally went on to “answer” her questions, he really didn’t answer them. He gave very vague, generic answers that never actually explained why he had changed his mind on such vital issues.


If Paul can’t handle a simple interview like this one, his campaign is already doomed; what Guthrie asked him is nothing compared to what he’s going to face once the presidential debates roll around. When that time comes, not only will he be trying to sell himself to the American people, he’s also going to have to deal with a litany of other candidates who aren’t going to hold back if they see that he’s someone who buckles under even the slightest bit of pressure. And so far Paul has proven that when he’s pushed, even in the slightest, he doesn’t respond well at all.

If the first few days of Paul’s campaign are any indication of what we should expect going forward, we’re about to witness one of the most gaffe prone and awkward presidential campaigns we’ve seen in quite some time.

Watch the interview below via Today:

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Allen Clifton

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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Another guy born on 3rd base and pretends he’s a man of the people.

    • And he’s on third because he got beaned and ran the wrong way to first.

  • Frank C-man

    He’s already ahead of Hillary in Iowa and Colorado and almost tied with her in Virginia according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. And that’s before Hillary has even gone in for her first testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Benghazi Democratic F-ups and Cover-ups. She’ll have at least three of them and people are already starting to say she’s completely untrustworthy.

    Not sure if Rand will be president or vice president, but it is fun to speculate what two or three judges he might nominate to the Supreme Court.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      He’s ahead of someone who isn’t running yet in Iowa? Say it isn’t so…..
      And what exactly do you expect ANOTHER Benghazi hearing to uncover that the last 2 to 3 years hasn’t yet? Are you mentally deficient or just spending too much time on Breitbart?

      • Frank C-man

        Those Benghazi hearings had no one sworn in and they had no emails from the Secretary of State. This one will, or Hillary will have to testify as to why they’re still missing at that time. She either comes clean and admits her one Blackberry excuse was all BS, or she continues to hide behind her yoga routines as to why she doesn’t want a third party looking at her server. Either way, we’re looking at a dishonest public servant hoping to convince the public that she’s still trustworthy enough to be the president. And folks like you who hate everything conservative will shrug your shoulders and say she’s the lesser of two evils, but the lesser of two evils approach isn’t a winning strategy for president.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yeah sure…and now maybe we can finally know just what she likes for lunch. You are a total loon. Go back to your shrieking at Breitbart please

      • Frank C-man

        You keep pretending the Select Committee is a bunch of idiots that believe Hillary when she says there was nothing on that server but emails about yoga stretches she sent to Bill that she wiped clean.

        Mook.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        sadly you believe this “committee” is something other than political theater. Their only purpose is to attempt to cast a shadow of doubt on Hillary which the GOP hopes will hurt her chances in 2016. What is Breitbart telling you they will find? Some massive conspiracy on Benghazi? Are you crazy? Some mythical “stand-down” or something? I’m being serious here, are you all there? Up the meds my friend, you really need it.

      • Frank C-man

        They blamed it all on that stupid internet video as a convenient way of keeping a planned attack on the compound by Al Qaeda operatives on the anniversary of 9/11 out of the news after Obama had spent the whole summer declaring Al Qaeda dead and dying. Why do you go read something besides Allen’s and the little first year out of college drones over at Media Matters’ word for it, and learn for yourself what the Select Comittee’s questions and concerns are? Learn for yourself out of a sense of curiosity instead of being told what to believe by incurious people with an agenda.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        cookoo, cookoo…..you should try to keep up, your beloved committee has already given up on that garbage you are spewing…LOL Seriously guy, up the meds quickly, you have lost touch with reality

      • Frank C-man

        You know this from here, or Media Matters?

      • mre2000

        There have now been 7 investigations and subsequent reports into Benghazi, the last by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee, that ALL found very little with regard to cover ups, failures, stand down orders, you know, all those things that the “select committee” is targeting. Fox News was drooling over their Hillary interview last year before she showed up, by the time she left they were all holding hands singing kumbaya. Face the facts, its political posturing and nothing more.

      • Frank C-man

        You only wish that were true.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      And speculate on this, he will NEVER be president. America knows he is a loony and they haven’t really even seen him yet. As soon as Americans start digging into what he really thinks, he will be a Sarah Palin like punch line.

      • Frank C-man

        Hillary won’t be president, either. Speculate on an all-Republican government once again swearing in three SC judges, and Democrats crying about how unfair life is, wishing you had Harry Reid back in the Senate to make you feel better.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        2008 must have been very tough for you, huh?

      • Frank C-man

        I voted for Obama in my state’s Dem primary when he ran against her. No it wasn’t tough at all.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yeah, you sure sound like an Obama supporter…..please

      • Frank C-man

        No, not an Obama supporter. Over her I was, though. Don’t care for wives of serial molesters who actively aid and abet their husband’s behavior. They’re both serial liars.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      hilarious…he gets the announcement bump in ratings and you have already have him winning “something”. Get back to me when he tumbles to the inevitable 7% approval in the 3 months. It’s coming. Bank on it

      • Frank C-man

        Poll conducted before he announced. And we’re talking Rand Paul here versus someone everyone in America knows quite well, who’s favorability and trustworthiness ratings are dropping precipitously.

        Do you think MIdwesterners are going to vote for someone they can’t trust? And how do you expect her to gain that trust when she’s testifying before committees about things that you know she’ll be lying about, or at least weaseling her way through answers?

        Seriously, you know she didn’t start using her husband’s private email server exclusively because she only wanted to carry around one Blackberry. How does she admit that was just an excuse that she looked into the camera and told the world it was the only reason she did it? It’s a far bigger fairy tale than the one she told about ducking from sniper fire in Tusla. Do you believe that? Because if you don’t, then you know she did it to keep publicly-owned information from the public, and that she did it willingly and knowingly, no matter what was uncovered or not.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        7% is coming Ron Paul’s son, just a matter of time. The GOP hasn’t started in on him yet, and they will eat him alive. He will never survive the primary

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        don’t look now but Paul is getting ‘swift-boated” by his own party. Told you so…lol

      • Frank C-man

        Rand Paul didn’t make up fake injuries to get out of the service.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    The guy was named after a crazy Russian woman who espoused selfishness as a virtue. I think he might have more than just a crush on Putin as well….

  • Macdoodle

    Here in Iowa Paul holds a 1 point lead over Hillary in the polls.The last two elections Iowa has supported Obama.Looks like my fellow Iowans are finally waking up.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      I hope he’s the GOP candidate since he would be any Democrat’s easiest path to the White House again. How many times has a GOP candidate actually won the popular vote for President in the last 25 years? One? That can’t be right, can it?

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      BTW, who was the GOP favorite in Iowa in 2008 and 2012? Rick Santorum and Huckabee? Wow, Iowa sure is a great gauge for America…..

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      and BTW, nobody really cares what Iowans think in spite of the pre-election publicity you like to create for yourselves. The entire state population doesn’t equal one good sized city. I know you “think” we care but really, you are just playing with yourselves and we just shake our heads out on the coasts.