- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul denied claims that he ran away from a hostile interaction with two illegal immigrants on Tuesday, saying that he left the table to do another interview just out of the camera’s view.

Mr. Paul made the comments after a controversial video which appeared to show him abruptly leaving the table at an Iowa restaurant when he and Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, were approached by two illegal immigrant activists who are so-called Dreamers, young adults who are in the country under President Obama’s non-deportation policies.

Democrats mocked Mr. Paul, calling him a “wimp” for seemingly ducking the interaction, which saw the two activists challenge Mr. King’s strict stance on enforcing immigration laws.

But Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful, told Fox News that he had been asked to do another interview 10 minutes before the controversial discussion began.

“I said, ‘I need to take a couple more bites and we’ll do an interview,’ and then I was told we had to leave and I had to do the interview,” Mr. Paul said.

“So actually I stood about 10 feet from those people who were doing sort of a kamikaze interview and I stood 10 feet from them and did another interview,” he added.

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