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Rand Paul accuses 'Today' host of 'editorializing' his views

The hashtag ”Randsplaining” is back after Rand Paul let a female journalist’s questions get under his skin again Wednesday during a national TV interview.

The Kentucky senator and newly minted GOP presidential candidate interrupted NBC “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie to accuse her of “editorializing” after she began listing foreign policy issues where she said he’s shifted his views.

“Before we go through a litany — why don’t we let me explain instead of talking over me, OK?” Paul told 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 be sort of a better way to approach an interview.”

Presidential candidate Rand Paul (r.) got into a heated exchange with ‘Today’ host Savannah Guthrie and accused her of “editorializing" his shifted views on a number of topics.NBC Today

Presidential candidate Rand Paul (r.) got into a heated exchange with ‘Today’ host Savannah Guthrie and accused her of “editorializing” his shifted views on a number of topics.

Guthrie started to press him again to say if he’s changed his views from past comments supporting decreased national defense spending, opposing foreign aid to Israel and dismissing Iran as a threat.

“No, no, you’ve editorialized,” Paul said before admitting that his views had shifted on Iran.

“2007 was a long time ago and events do change over long periods of time. So we’re talking about eight years ago. We’re talking about a time when I wasn’t running for office and I was helping someone else run for office,” he said. “There has always been a threat around gaining nuclear weapons and that’s greater now than it was many years ago.”

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced he was running for President on Tuesday.JOHN SOMMERS II/REUTERS

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced he was running for President on Tuesday.

This isn’t Paul’s first heated exchange with a female anchor — he told CNBC host Kelly Evans to “calm down a bit” and put his finger to his lips to shush her during a February interview.

The back-and-forth triggered a wave of tweets with the hashtag #randsplaining, a play on #mansplaining that Democratic operatives first used after the Evans interview.

“#Randsplaining AKA how not to start your presidential campaign by being a jerk,” tweeted former Democratic House candidate Pat Kreitlow.

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