Rand Paul 'Walks Out' on Interview

GOP presidential contender disagrees and leaves
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2015 3:31 PM CDT

Rand Paul cut a media interview short yesterday and walked off when pressed over a specific issue—but it's not clear whether Paul was miffed or just out of time. Interviewing him over the app Periscope, Guardian reporter Paul Lewis asked whether the GOP presidential contender's passion for criminal justice reform will jibe with white Republicans: "All the research shows that Republicans, white Republicans ... don't think criminal law is applied in an unfair way, so how are you going to win the nomination with this," says Lewis. Paul cuts in, saying that "I think your premise is incorrect. I think I can take that message into a white Evangelical church anywhere in Iowa and give the exact same speech and be received well."

Lewis tries to quote a couple of polls, but Paul points in his direction, says something hard to hear, and walks off. Soon the lights in Paul's room are turned off. "So we got that interview cut off maybe it was because I was about to push him on the specific, oh the lights are off in fact, we're being told to go," says Lewis. But Paul's people tweeted that it was CNN that turned the lights out, and the Guardian admits that Paul had said he only had time for one more question, Mashable reports. Yet Paul has struggled with other reporters recently, shushing CNBC anchor Kelly Evans and having a heated exchange with Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie. Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked him about it last month and wondered aloud whether he was "ready for primetime." See the Guardian interview here. (More Rand Paul 2016 stories.)

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