Poll leader Donald Trump took his first opportunity to answer a debate question Wednesday night to make an unprovoked attack on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
“First of all, Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage, he’s number 11,” Trump said, “he’s got 1 percent in the polls. And how he got up here, there’s far too many people anyway.”
Paul was given the opportunity to respond and went right to Trump’s temperament.
“I kinda have to laugh,” Paul said. “Do we want someone with that kind of character, that kind of careless language to be negotiating with Putin? Do we want someone like that to be negotiating with Iran?”
Continuing, Paul said, “I am worried, I’m very concerned about having him in charge of the nuclear weapons because I think his response, his visceral response to attack people on their appearance – short, tall, fat, ugly – my goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that? Would we not all be worried to have someone like that in charge of the nuclear arsenal?”
Trump responded that he’d never attacked Paul’s looks, though he could have.
“I never attacked him on his look. And believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there, that I can tell you.”