One Day After Declaring for President, Rand Paul Picks a Fight With the Media

He says a Today show host should have asked if his views had changed, rather than just saying they had.

: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) talks with reporters as Senate Republicans and Democrats head to their weekly policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul got testy on the Today show on Wednesday, taking issue with how host Savannah Guthrie phrased her questions.

Guthrie, speaking to the Kentucky senator a day after he declared himself a presidential candidate, asked him about issues that he had appeared to change his opinion on, including whether the U.S. should continue to provide aid to Israel and whether or not Iran is a threat. As she was asking the question, Paul interrupted her, but Guthrie finished asking the question. 

"Why don't you let me explain instead of talking over me?" Paul said. "You've editorialized. Let me answer the question." 

Paul said she should have asked if his views had changed, rather than just saying they had. 

On Israel, Paul said he agrees with his "original statement from years ago," which is that Israel should eventually be independent. 

Guthrie asked again about the threat posed by Iran. In 2007, when his father Ron Paul was campaigning for his own presidential bid, Paul had said there wasn't one. 

"Yeah, 2007 was a long time ago, and events do change over a long period of time," he said. He made the comment at a time when he "wasn't running for office," he said.