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Not ready for prime time: Rand Paul gets testy when asked basic questions about abortion

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In an interview with the Associated Press that appeared on Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) stumbled over questions regarding his views on women’s reproductive rights, then complained that reporters are pressing him on too many “details” in his only days-old presidential campaign.

As Paul swung northward to New Hampshire on the presidential primary state circuit, the AP’s Philip Elliott asked the candidate to clarify his views regarding a woman’s right to choose.

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The libertarian-leaning senator has come out and said that he strongly opposes abortion in almost all cases. The AP asked Paul, “What exceptions, if any, should be made if the procedure were to be banned?”

“The thing is about abortion,” Paul began, “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.”

“Life is special and deserves protection,” was the most he would say by way of explanation, according to the AP.

Many Republicans feel that the nation is moving away from the rigid social stances of the party’s old guard. Each candidate for 2016 must walk a delicate balancing act of appealing to the party faithful while not alienating young and millennial voters, who are increasingly liberal on social issues.

Paul grew “testy” — in the AP’s words — when he was asked to give a concise take on his position.

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“I gave you about a five-minute answer. Put in my five-minute answer,” he said.

“I think the most important thing is the general concept of: Do you support the sanctity of life?” he said. “Do you think there’s something special about life? So you think when we’re born that a human baby is different than an animal, that there’s something special that is imbued into human life? And I think there is.”

“In general, I am pro-life. So I will support legislation that advances and shows that life is special and deserves protection,” he concluded.

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Paul has gotten “testy” with a couple of reporters lately. On Wednesday morning, he clashed with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie when she attempted to pin him down on his contradictory positions on U.S. policy regarding Iran.

That mirrored another confrontation with CNBC’s Kelly Evans in which Paul shushed her and told her not to speak while he was talking.

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‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted

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MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.

"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."

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Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’

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President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.

According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.

"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."

"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."

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Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.

Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.

While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.

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