Just a day after he announced he's running for president in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) found himself on national television fighting a reporter who he accused of editorializing his views.
Paul appeared on the Today show, and the tension began when anchor Savannah Guthrie asked if he'd accept the Iran nuclear agreement as described by the U.S. and Iran in public statements. Paul started to say that's a funny way to ask the question given the differing statements about the deal from those two countries, after which Guthrie interrupted by saying, "let's just take that issue off the table."
"Let me answer the question," he said. "The sincerity of the Iranians does make a big difference, and if they're immediately saying that the agreement doesn't mean what President Obama says, that is a big problem."
Guthrie then said Paul's views on several issues have changed over the years.
"You once said Iran was not a threat, you now say it is," she said. "You once proposed ending foreign aid to Israel, you now support it, at least for the time being."
Paul interrupted her as she spoke: "Why don't we let me explain instead of you talking over me, okay?" he said.
"Before we go though a litany of things you say I've changed on, why don't you ask me a question, have I changed my opinion?" he suggested.
As the two continued to talk over each other, Paul then accused her of editorializing.
"No no no no no no no no, listen. You've editorialized, let me answer a question," he said.
Paul went on to explain his subtle position on foreign aid, which is that eventually it should be ended everywhere, but because it must be done gradually, the U.S. should start by phasing it away from countries that "burn our flag." He said even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agrees that eventually, even Israel should be independent of U.S. aid.
Guthrie then pressed Paul to explain what she said was his changing position on Iran, since he said in 2007 was not a threat.
"2007 was a long time ago, and events do change over long periods of time," he said. "What I would say that there has always been a threat of Iran gaining nuclear weapons, and I think that's greater now than it was many years ago."
"I think we should do everything we can to stop them," he added. "I've voted for sanctions to try to stop them."