Rand Paul’s dispute with Donald Trump covers a wide range of issues, from party affiliation to health care to … Golf.
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In responding to a Paul campaign YouTube ad that says Trump is more of a Democrat than a Republican, Trump told The Washington Post that the Kentucky senator once liked him quite a bit.
“Recently, Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf,” Trump told the Post. “I easily beat him on the golf course and will even more easily beat him now, in the world in the politics. Senator Paul does not mention that after trouncing him in golf I made a significant donation to the eye center with which he is affiliated.”.
In response, Paul campaign strategist Doug Stafford sent a response to The Washington Post:.
“While he (Paul) appreciates Donald’s golf skills, I will note that (the game) was on his home course that he plays often,” the statement said. “And he does sincerely appreciate Donald’s generosity to the eye clinic. In fact he has mentioned it often, including in his op-ed and speeches this weekend.”.
The two camps also clashed over Trump’s ideology.
Trump: “Unless you are a piece of unyielding granite, over the years positions evolve as they have in my case. Ronald Reagan, as an example, was a Democrat with a liberal bent who became a conservative Republican.”.
Paul strategist Stafford: “Donald Trump couldn’t set the intellectual conservative agenda of anything, not even the tiniest rooms, never mind a country. He is devoid of ideas other than he likes the idea of power and getting attention for foolish statements and bluster.”.