Kentucky Senator Rand Paul first announced that he will be running for president on Tuesday this week. But as the first days of his campaign went by, the Republican candidate certainly hopes things will run smoother from now on.
The following day after announcing his candidacy, Rand Paul gave an extended interview on a TV show, and the dialogue showed the presidential pretender still has a lot of work to do on his relationship with the press. Or, to be more precise, with the female segment of the press.
Paul and his female interviewer, Savannah Guthrie, interrupted each other a lot on the Wednesday interview, and the senator finally succumbed and blamed the reporter of “editorializing” the piece. He claimed he saw no interest from his collocutor in actually finding out what his opinions were, and the whole interview was a masquerade so Guthrie could prove her point.
Rand Paul losing his temper with Guthrie wouldn’t have been in a thing if the senator didn’t have a history of “shush”-ing down female reporters. In February, he practically told a female reporter from CNBC to shut up after making the common gesture of putting his finger on his lips.
But Paul claims he makes no discrimination between male and female reporters. Although the Republican senator acknowledges having a short temper – not even he can deny that – he claims those sort of episodes just happen and are not ill-intended. “I’ve been universally testy and short-tempered with both male and female interviewers,” Paul explained.
The truth is the Kentucky senator has a lot more history to explain besides his relationship with female media. During his term as senator, Rand Paul tried to appear as a progressive conservative so-to-speak, a protector of civil liberties who was always ready to protect the American government against their own people. And he wasn’t the only one trying to this, it was a generalized trend within the GOP, where colleagues Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio often joined him in his speeches.
But the US public opinion often changes it mind, and together with it, so seem to do Rand Paul’s opinions. If in his early days as senator, the Kentucky Republican was one of the firm supporters of defense budget cuts, now he is regarded as the fiercest proponent of United States showing their might overseas. He described his own foreign policy as “negotiation from a position of strength,” which some of his critiques argued to be a more delicate way of saying “shoot first, ask questions later.”
They all seem to be part of a general libertarian plan however. Rand Paul hopes that, gradually, the United States will end all its humanitarian aid programs, including those for its long standing ally, Israel.
It is not the broader picture that raises questions about Rand Paul’s position, as the pieces tend to make sense once they are all laid on the ground. It’s the small things – like a change of mind here, a reformulation there – that make people question his credibility.
While he was protesting during his interview with Guthrie, Paul argued that he first had to be asked why he changed his mind on certain aspects. The truth is the Kentucky senator had so many changes of mind lately, that reporters might not have the time to explain each of them, even if they wanted to.
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