Sen. Rand Paul, who announced he was running for president Tuesday, butted heads with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday over questions about his foreign policy record that he deemed “editorializing.”
“You once said Iran was not a threat, now you say it is,” Guthrie said to the Republican candidate, who was speaking remotely from New Hampshire, per Politico. “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.”
But the Kentucky Senator, who has accused reporters of being biased in the past, pushed back against her statements. “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?’” he said. “That would be sort of a better to approach it. You’ve editorialized, let me answer a question.”
Paul clarified the he still believes countries should be free of foreign aid (“because we shouldn’t borrow money to do it”), just that it has happen “gradually” — and that his stance isn’t different from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s. He also acknowledged that the situation in Iran has changed since he first said the nation wasn’t a threat in 2007. “[That] was a long time ago, and events do change over long periods of time,” Paul said. “What I would say is that there has always been a threat of Iran gaining nuclear weapons, and I think that’s greater than it was many years ago.”
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