While 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: