Rand Paul on Guthrie Interview: 'I Do Lose My Temper Sometimes'
Megyn Kelly tonight pressed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over two heated interviews with female reporters in the last few months.
Back in February, Paul shushed CNBC anchor Kelly Evans. Today, he clashed with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie after she asked him about his changing foreign policy views.
Read the transcript via NBC News:
PAUL: Yeah, why don't we let me explain instead of talking over me, OK? 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?
GUTHRIE: Have you changed your opinion?
PAUL: That's a better way to approach it.
GUTHRIE: Okay. Is Iran still not a threat?
PAUL: No, no, no, you've editorialized it. No no no no, listen. You've editorialized. Let me answer a question. You asked a question and you say 'Have your views changed?' instead of editorializing and saying my views have changed.
Paul told Kelly that interviews are “difficult” and explained that he can’t see reporters when he’s being interviewed remotely.
“I do lose my cool, and I do lose my temper sometimes, and I should be better at that, but the thing is you don’t get any visual clues,” he said.
Kelly asked Paul whether he regrets his interview with Guthrie, who is “not exactly known for her aggressive unfairness.”
“I would rather not have contentious interviews,” he said, admitting that he could get better at them but adding that “contentious interviews are not one-sided.”