The buzz seems to be that presidential candidate Rand Paul has a temper. The New York Times did a piece about how his wife is trying to mellow him out or convince people that he is not a hot head. And the story implied that some thought he might have trouble with women interviewers, citing an interview by Savannah Guthrie of NBC.
Well I’m not trying to defend Paul here, but via the magic of the internet I clicked onto a portion of that interview and I’m on his side (well I guess that is a defense in a way). I know he was said to be testy in another story I read about the interview but I did not see that as being the case. Or maybe one can be testy but for good reason.
He simply objected to loaded questions by the interviewer who was implying that he had flip-flopped on various issues, saying one thing in the past and another now that he is running for president.
I think he answered the questions well. But he cut her off or tried to because she was editorializing within her questions, and/or claiming he did something and in so doing limiting his response to fit her question — but he would not go for that. But in the portion of the interview I saw, both subjects, interviewer and interviewee, seemed to handle things well and the whole thing ended amicably.
I think interviewers sometimes feel time pressure and try to put a lot into each question, but in so doing they sometimes distort things.
Don’t know much about Paul, but so far he is coming off reasonable and balanced and flexible on issues, and perhaps he does not want to suffer fools — he might have to get over that last one in order to survive the campaign season.