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Volatile politicians like Rand Paul are the reason I often wait a day before writing a blog post. Things can change really fast in just 24 hours!
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), son of the ever-campaigning Libertarian Ron Paul, announced that he is now "officially" running for President. Rand is famous for the #StandWithRand hashtag used during his 12-hour filibuster in the Senate, but on the day he vowed to win the Presidency the trending hashtag was #CantStandRand, and I imagine even some GOP members such as his colleague Ted Cruz are using it. ;)
Today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States! Join with us at http://t.co/lpzLQCfz0F pic.twitter.com/BmtOTXDLlR
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2015
Rand Paul: Because compared to Ted Cruz, I look almost sane #Morans2016
— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) April 7, 2015
#CantStandRand but am enjoy knowing that the Republican Party either knows he doesn't have a chance, or plans to make sure he doesn't.
— Sandy Knauer (@sandyknauer) April 7, 2015
#CantStandRand Rand's car is ready pic.twitter.com/Iaqd0GzHB4
— kim launius (@kimmie8264) April 7, 2015
"Rand Paul would be the worst president on civil rights since reconstruction http://t.co/3mCk21GBb5 pic.twitter.com/TVHpYjFffn"#CantStandRand
— Suzanne (@_pascuzzo) April 7, 2015
By Wednesday, he wash crashing and burning. In the morning, he got all bossy and told off journalist Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show.
Rand Paul Criticizes Savannah Guthrie: "Let Me Explain Instead of Talking Over Me" http://t.co/mnrz4mG0v0 pic.twitter.com/fliPlzesRa
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 8, 2015
From Washington Examiner
(Savannah Guthrie of NBC) "You once said Iran was not a threat, now you say it is. You once proposed ending foreign aid to Israel, now you support it, at least for the time being, and you once offered to drastically cut…defense spending and now you want to increase it 16 percent," she started.
This did not sit well with Paul, who accused her eventually of "editorializing."
"Before we go. Before we go. Before we go through — Before we go through a litany of — Before we go through a litany of," Paul said over crosstalk from the Peacock Network Washington reporter. "Why don't you let me explain instead of talking over me, OK?"
Guthrie fell silent.
"Before we go through a litany of things you say I 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," he said.
The NBC News reporter attempted to reword her original questions, but Paul was still unimpressed.
"No, no. You've editorialized. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no," he said. "Listen, 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."
Rand Paul goes full mansplainer on "Today," refuses to let Savannah Guthrie speak http://t.co/yznaZUOUDe pic.twitter.com/FJJVzAz0cE
— Salon.com (@Salon) April 8, 2015
Rand Paul was testy with Savanna Guthrie because he was worn down from being a presidential candidate for almost a whole day.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) April 8, 2015
Some more than others. #RandBS https://t.co/W94MivIrih
— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) April 8, 2015
Rand Paul on NBC sounding like that drunk dude in a bar http://t.co/tDloDM6LZO
— Jim Edwards (@Jim_Edwards) April 8, 2015
@caitlinmacneal Wow, that's definitely the #mansplain of the morning.
— Taylor Arluck (@TaylorArluck) April 8, 2015
Later on Wednesday, Rand Paul decided to answer questions about abortion, getting "testy" with an AP reporter, then tossing the question to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Florida), implying that Democrats approve of baby-killing. Good, Rand - change the subject!
. . . Associated Press reporter Philip Elliott prodded Paul on abortion, and whether a candidate who once sponsored a personhood amendment would allow some exemptions.
"The thing is about abortion—and about a lot of things—is that I think people get tied up in all these details of, sort of, you're this or this or that, or you're hard and fast (on) one thing or the other," Paul told Elliott. "I've supported both bills with and without (exceptions), you know. In general, I am pro-life. So I will support legislation that advances and shows that life is special and deserves protection."
. . . "Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it okay to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus? You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she's OK with killing a seven-pound baby that is not born yet. Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when it's okay to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, get back to me."
ICYMI: Here's @AP's video interview with @RandPaul on whether any ban on abortion should include exceptions. http://t.co/OZy8njAFB0
— David Scott (@davidthornhill) April 8, 2015
UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz replied via CNN:
Rand Paul in spat with second reporter #needssomelessons http://t.co/x3RQuyFMai
— Jon Rybka-Wachhaus (@JRybka4177) April 8, 2015
Day 1 of campaign & #RandPaul is already cracking up. "AP Interview: Paul won't spell out abortion ban exceptions" http://t.co/boXPQ8w7nB
— Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) April 8, 2015
After just one day! We should have known right away that things were going to fall apart as soon as he said "I Want My Country Back," using the Palinesque mantra of Tea Party nutcakes everywhere.