“The thing is about abortion — and about a lot of things — is that I think people get tied up in all these details of, sort of, you’re this or this or that, or you’re hard and fast (on) one thing or the other,” Paul said. [Associated Press]
HE SAID what on abortion? How in the name of Jerry Falwell’s ghost can a Republican wannabe not be prepared for the mother of all litmus test questions? The abortion exception question regarding rape, incest or risk to the life of the mother is something Rand Paul should have been ready to easily answer.
That wasn’t Paul’s only problem after a well planned announcement.
On “Today,” when Samantha Guthrie asked perfectly straight forward questions on the evolution of Senator Paul’s foreign policy thinking, the guy basically blew a gasket. Then he did the one thing a politician should never, ever do. He got condescending and tried to tell Guthrie how to do her job.
It’s not the first time Paul’s had a run-in with a woman reporter. During an interview he told CNBC anchor Kelly Evans to “calm down.”
As Mark Halperin and John Heilemann have been warning, Rand Paul’s worst liability is, well, Rand Paul. He’s got an incredibly thin skin, which he showed on Wednesday.
However, no Republicans is going to penalize him for being a jerk to a reporter.
What is a problem is Rand Paul blowing the abortion question the day after he announces for president. Making matters worse, when trying to clean up his initial response, Paul once again showed is fragile ego.
Paul grew testy when pressed in the interview on the question of exceptions. “I gave you about a five-minute answer. Put in my five-minute answer,” he said.
Later in the day, when asked after a campaign stop in Milford about the interview, which the Democratic National Committee had sent reporters, Paul said, “Why don’t we ask the DNC: Is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby in the uterus?”
“You go back and go ask (DNC head) Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby that’s just not born yet,” Paul said. “Ask her when life begins, and ask Debbie when she’s willing to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to me.”
In response, Wasserman Schultz said, “I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story.”