On Sunday, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul asked reporters to submit questions to him in writing.

From CN2

David Adams, Paul’s campaign chairman, later insisted that it was not a new policy but didn’t know why Paul rebuffed reporters other than he was “on a tight schedule.”

Paul, however, spent 20 minutes after his speech talking with Republican activists and taking photos with them.

“It’s not a blanket policy. It’s just right now,” Adams said.

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Paul’s move to not answer reporters’ questions on Saturday is a reversal from his easygoing style in the Republican primary in which in most cases he would hold court with reporters and voters alike until he answered every one.

Temporary or not, Joe Gerth at the C-J says screening questions causes mistrust.

When will politicians realize that not answering questions is a bad idea because it leaves the impression that they are hiding something?

And because it makes that story hang around for days and weeks, rather than end after one news cycle.

Does hearing about Paul’s request change your view of him? Given the anti-press sentiment some candidates whip up during campaigns, the move may anger Paul’s detractors just as much as it endears supporters to him. But do you think that’s a wise strategy, to block out the press, for however long, during a campaign?

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