- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump tangled with back-of-the-pack rival Sen. Rand Paul right at the outset of the second presidential debate Wednesday night when Mr. Paul said he worries about the real-estate mogul having access to the nation’s nuclear codes.

“I think really there’s a sophomoric quality that’s entertaining about Mr. Trump, but I am worried, I’m very concerned about having him in charge of the nuclear weapons,” said Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican. “I think 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?”

Mr. Trump retorted about Mr. Paul, “I never attacked him on his look and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.”

He also said of the senator, “Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage, he’s number 11, he’s got 1 percent in the polls. As far as temperament, I think I have a great temperament. What I am far and away greater than an entertainer is a businessman. That’s the kind of mindset this country needs to bring it back.”

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