GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump won't comment on Le Pen's advancement in French election Macron’s success in France signals hope for unifying outsiders French election: Le Pen, Macron will face off MORE poked at rival Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWe can put America first by preventing public health disasters Conservative activists want action from Trump McConnell: 'Big challenge' to pass ObamaCare repeal in Senate MORE (R-Ky.) on Twitter on Saturday, calling him a “lightweight” who shouldn’t be allowed in Wednesday’s CNN presidential debate.
Trump needled Paul in a series of tweets:
Lightweight Senator @RandPaul should focus on trying to get elected in Kentucky--- a great state which is embarrassed by him.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2015
I truly understood the appeal of Ron Paul, but his son, @RandPaul, didn't get the right gene.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2015
“I think I was a little too easy on Donald Trump last time,” Paul said in the interview, referencing a heated exchange the two had in an August Fox News presidential debate. “That’s given in jest," he added.
Later in the interview, Paul unfavorably compared Trump to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who suspended his presidential bid Friday.
“You have a long-term governor from a large conservative state leaving the field, and meanwhile, the media continues to reinforce a celebrity that really doesn’t have qualifications for office and in fact would alarm me if he were in charge of our nuclear weapons,” Paul said.
“So, really, I think it’s a serious versus the unserious. And there is a danger that if we continue to laud so much attention on basically someone whose level of discourse is that of junior high, I think there’s a problem, there’s a great risk for the country.”