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Sen. Rand Paul Upset Over Questions About His Iran, Israel Positions (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Sen. Rand Paul.Sen. Rand Paul.

Sen. Rand Paul interrupted "Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie on April 8 when she asked him about his apparent political reversals on Iran and Israel.

During the exchange, the Kentucky senator who recently announced he's running for president instructed Guthrie on what question to ask him, noted Talking Points Memo (video below).

"You once said Iran was not a threat, now you say it is, you once proposed ending foreign aid to Israel, you now support it at least for the time being, and you once offered to drastically cut..." Guthrie said before being interrupted.

"Whoa, whoa, before we go, before we go, before we, before we go through, before we go through a litany, before we go a litany, why don't you let me explain instead of talking over me, OK?" Paul cut in.

"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?'"

"OK, have you changed your opinion?" asked Guthrie.

"That would be sort of a better way to approach an interview," Paul continued.

"Is Iran still not a threat?" Guthrie asked.

"No, no, no, no, no, listen," Paul countered. "You've editorialized. Let me answer a question. You ask a question and you say, 'Have your views changed?' Instead of editorializing and saying my views have changed."

The Washington Free Beacon noted in 2014 that Paul said Iran was not a threat to the U.S. or Israel during a 2007 interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Politifact.com reported in 2014 that Paul proposed ending all foreign aid, which would have included the $3 billion in aid the U.S. sends to Israel each year.

According to Politfact.com, there was also a section in Paul's budget proposal that stated, "While this budget proposal does eliminate foreign aid to Israel, it is not meant to hurt, negate, or single out one of America’s most important allies. This proposal eliminates all foreign aid to all countries."

Politifact.com reports that Paul also told ABC News in 2011:

"I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you don’t have. We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends ... I think they’re an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world. Should we be giving free money or welfare to a rich nation? I don’t think so."

Sources: Talking Points Memo, The Washington Free Beacon, Politifact.com, ABC News
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