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PostSubject: Rand Paul vs. the media? Maverick young Senator, wtf?   Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:02 am

On first official day on the trail, Rand Paul turns in a prickly performance
Rand Paul: ‘In general, I’m pro-life’(1:58)

On his first full day as a presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke with an Associated Press reporter about the question of abortion, refusing to put his stance into a “neat” category. (AP)
By Katie Zezima and Vanessa Williams April 8 at 8:10 PM

MILFORD, N.H. — Less than 24 hours after Rand Paul announced his White House bid before hundreds of jubilant, flag-waving supporters, his fledgling presidential campaign seemed to be defined more by his defiant performance when the cheering stopped.

In a series of interviews after the freshman senator from Kentucky declared his candidacy on Tuesday, Paul turned prickly — briskly sidestepping tough foreign policy questions from one journalist, lecturing another on how to conduct an interview, and testily declining to clarify his position on abortion.

And so, as Paul’s first full day of campaigning drew to a close, the narrative surrounding his campaign came straight from the candidate. It just wasn’t one he’d chosen himself.

Rand Paul has never been one to shy away from confrontation. He launched his political career on an anti-establishment message. He’s gained renown for trolling his political opponents on social media. Even the first half of the slogan for his presidential campaign skews combative: “Defeat the Washington machine.”

[Rand Paul launches 2016 bid as a fresh-faced disrupter]

Sen. Rand Paul announces 2016 bid

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A look at the Republican senator from Kentucky as he throws his hat into the presidential ring.

But the rocky media rollout of his presidential effort highlighted a key question facing him now: whether the same tough approach that has made him a favorite among tea party activists and libertarians might be limiting in a national campaign, as he looks to build a broader coalition rich with voters from beyond his base.

On Tuesday, hours after his campaign launch, Paul bristled at a question from Fox News host Sean Hannity about a 2007 comment in which he’d dubbed the idea that Iran posed a threat to U.S. security a “ridiculous” one. Paul was one of 47 Republican senators who recently signed a letter aimed at derailing a deal to contain Iran’s nuclear program, drawing scrutiny over his hawkish turn.

“You know, things do change over time,” Paul said. “I also wasn’t campaigning for myself [in 2007], I was campaigning to help my father at the time.”

Hours later, he pushed back even harder amid similar foreign policy questions from “Today” host Savannah Guthrie.

“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?’ That would sort of be a better way to approach an interview,” Paul told the NBC journalist.

(The exchange drew immediate comparisons to a similar conversation in February with CNBC anchor Kelly Evans, when, during a back-and-forth about the effectiveness of a tax program, Paul at one point shushed the reporter, telling her to “calm down a bit.”)

Later Wednesday, an Associated Press reporter asked Paul about possible exceptions to abortion restrictions. In the past, Paul has indicated that he would support some exceptions. On Wednesday, he appeared unwilling to elaborate.

Rand Paul announces 2016 presidential bid(27:04)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) officially announced his campaign for president in 2016 in his home state of Kentucky. Here are his full remarks. (AP)

“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.

When the reporter persisted, Paul replied tightly: “I gave you about a five-minute answer. Put in my five-minute answer.”

[Rand Paul’s rude awakening to the rigors of a national campaign]

In contrast to his testy media exchanges, Paul has tended to sport a cool demeanor on the campaign trail, one less than comfortable with the glad-handing and backslapping that are the hallmark of retail politics. The questions here can sometimes grate as well — he will, at times, appear skeptical or slightly bored with voters’ queries — but he will occasionally praise one on a subject he’s ready to talk about. He delivers his answers quietly and slowly. The answers sometimes are long. In some speeches and answers to queries he includes references to economists or historical figures and, in New Hampshire last month, cited the Czech writer Milan Kundera at a dinner.

So if he can handle voter questions, does it really matter how he responds to those from the news media — or, on some future debate stage, from presidential rivals?

After all, noted Katie Packer Gage, deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney in 2012 and co-founder of Burning Glass Consulting, primary-season voters often respond well to Republican candidates who are aggressive with the news media — as then-White House contender Newt Gingrich found when he took on CNN’s John King during a presidential primary debate three years ago.

Tuesday night, Paul came out swinging. “The media tells you and I that we should choose a GOP nominee with a track record full of sellouts, compromises and betrayals,” he tweeted. “So even though I’m at or near the top of every state poll for the nomination, they continue to try and dismiss my message of liberty!

“Thankfully, our national media doesn’t get to pick and choose our Republican Party’s presidential nominees. Patriots like YOU do!”



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But by the end of the day Wednesday, the candidate seemed to recognize that perhaps that approach was bringing the wrong kind of attention to his nascent campaign, conceding that he often didn’t handle tough questions particularly well. “I’ve been universally testy and short-tempered with both male and female interviewers,” he admitted to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Gage echoed Paul’s description, saying that in the interview with Guthrie, the senator had seemed to “come across as a bit of a bully. I don’t know if that’s specific to her being a woman, or in­cred­ibly bad manners.”

It’s an approach that usually fails to deliver in the long run, she added. “I think particularly when you’re trying to appeal to women voters, they’re a little turned off by that level of aggressiveness when it comes across as cranky and mean,” she said.



Williams reported from Washington.


Katie Zezima covers the White House for Post Politics and The Fix.
Vanessa Williams is a staff writer at The Post. Contact her at Vanessa.Williams@washpost.com.

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PostSubject: Re: Rand Paul vs. the media? Maverick young Senator, wtf?   Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:27 pm

This Rand Paul is a "Wildcat", on the other hand he maybe just another 'Greasy kinky-haired jew'
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PostSubject: Re: Rand Paul vs. the media? Maverick young Senator, wtf?   Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:08 am

Just a hypothetical, but from the Wag point of view, if Perry is really a hero in disguise, Rand could be the jews' diversion horse to make sure Perry doesn't make it to the White House (no other two candidates have as much direct competition/enmity as those two within the party). I don't see jews letting Rand become president, despite his poodle status. The winner for jews has to be someone 'made' to take orders, without the risk of disturbance to the jew paradigm in America.

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PostSubject: Re: Rand Paul vs. the media? Maverick young Senator, wtf?   Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:41 pm

FrontierJustice wrote:
Just a hypothetical, but from the Wag point of view, if Perry is really a hero in disguise, Rand could be the jews' diversion horse to make sure Perry doesn't make it to the White House (no other two candidates have as much direct competition/enmity as those two within the party). I don't see jews letting Rand become president, despite his poodle status. The winner for jews has to be someone 'made' to take orders, without the risk of disturbance to the jew paradigm in America.

This is a strong possibility that must be considered.

We ought to see someone like Rand back out of the election at some point like his father did. If not, he is indeed a diversion horse.

Even if we had our own candidate in the White House from laconics, how much actually can the prez do these days? I think the FCC board is far more important. Revoke the licenses of all these lying media companies controlling our politics.

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PostSubject: Re: Rand Paul vs. the media? Maverick young Senator, wtf?   Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:52 am

No US Senator (neither jew nor poodle) can be trusted.  Problem with Rand running against Perry, is it baits Perry into looking too hawkish, which loses a lot of the young and female support.  I would expect Perry at some point late in the game, if he's still running, to tone down the hawk-talk and be more frank about the bitter reality of wars.

As for the GOP in total, first there's Perry, then the three young pied-piper Senators (Cruz, Rand, and Rubio) there to steal support from him via three different angles (Tea-tards/cryptos, Lib-tards, and hispanic/cryptos).  There's also Gov Scott Walker, who is nothing but a Perry-lite (as a feather).  And throw in a Bush.  It still looks like Perry would have the edge, but can he overcome the media and the potential of electoral fraud that derailed him in Iowa 2012?  Perry has to win Iowa, and he should, and if there is funny business again, it'll be a big issue.

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