Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'
June 10th, 2014
10:47 AM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton responded to Sen. Rand Paul's recent argument that Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky is a liability to Democrats as well as a potential White House run by Hillary Clinton.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired Monday night, the former first lady was asked about his remarks.

"He can talk about whatever he wants to talk about," Clinton responded. "And if he decides to run, he'll be fair game too."

Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has said this year that former President Clinton's history is a major splinter in the eye for Democrats as they've argued that the GOP is waging a war on women.

"They can't have it both ways. And so I really think that anybody who wants to take money from Bill Clinton or have a fundraiser has a lot of explaining to do. In fact, I think they should give the money back," he said in an interview with C-SPAN.

"If they want to take position on women's rights, by all means do," Paul continued. "But you can't do it and take it from a guy who was using his position of authority to take advantage of young women in the workplace."

In an interview with CNN's Mark Preston, Paul said last month that Bill Clinton "harassed people."

“He was sued multiple times for it, so yes, I think what he did was absolutely inappropriate," he continued. "Is that being a predator? I don’t know how you want to define it but the thing is, most people would say that it’s contemptible.”

Paul's wife, Kelley, said in a Vogue article last year that if Hillary Clinton becomes the next president, Bill Clinton's history with Lewinsky "should complicate his return to the White House, even as First Spouse."

Asked on "Meet the Press" in January if Bill Clinton's past should be a consideration in a potential bid by Hillary Clinton, Paul said he's "not saying that," but "sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other."

As Paul considers a White House bid of his own, he has taken repeated shots at Clinton over her handling of the 2012 terror attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi while she was secretary of state.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday indicated that if the election were held today, Hillary Clinton would best Paul, 53%-43%, among registered voters nationwide in a hypothetical matchup.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. aubrey

    I would bet that the poll taken was not a real representation of Americans. Like most media, this is also biased.

    June 10, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. boisebullhorn

    Hey Hillary, what difference, at this point, does it make?

    June 10, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. George Price

    what is she going to say ? that she is better at foreign policy issues than Paul is ?? (like Benghazi) this is going to be an enteraining dog and pony show from BOTH R's and D's !! Frankly, the Tea Party perspective is the ONLY hope for a continued "United States of America" from my perspective – "R & D" has come to stand for "refute and destroy" in day to day politics and Americans are tired of it, can the Tea Party do any WORSE than the Democrats or Republicans have done (or are doing) ?? NOT IN MY OPINION !! GIVE THEM A CHANCE FOR GOSH SAKES !!!!

    June 10, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Is this all this quack has against Hillary? Monica Lewinsky?
    First of all Monica participated. I don't think Clinton held a gun to her head.
    Second, neither Clinton has to explain about something that happened in the 90s. All the hoopla the teaklans thought would resurface didn't and Monica looked quite pathetic. She needs to get over it!
    I wouldn't go there about women's rights because every time one of these fools opens their mouths the contempt and complete lack of understand women domes out and they push us further and further away.
    The only women for them are barefoot, pregnant and cooking dinner for when they come home from their mistresses (or secret boyfriends) house.

    June 10, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Say WHAT???

    If there is nothing new in this book why the heck write it, or read it? You'd have to be stupid to buy it! It sounds like she did this just for the money and the publicity because of her name. In other words, another scamming of the people.

    Her presidency would be just empty. Obama V2.0 on steroids. The country can't afford that.

    June 10, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Reading all the illiterate RWNJ comments here remind me of the ACA rollout. Remember Obamacare is a train wreck, it's the worst thing ever. But the Koch's turned around and spent millions to tell everyone how bad it was. I remember asking if it's so bad won't it implode on its own? Why throw away millions? To get people to believe their lies. That's what's happening with Hillary. They are spending millions to lie to people about her. Pathetic. If she really had so many skeletons why the need to bring up Monica from 20 years ago like she had the affair?

    Because Hillary has the GOP shaking like Don Knotts that's why!!

    June 10, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Big Government Sucks

    People should really read (or listen) to what Rand Paul is saying. The Clintons and Democrats in general promote the idea that they are the champions of women and women's rights yet in their personal lives they prove the opposite. Bill is a womanizer who took advantage of at least one impressionable woman in his employ. When the Lewinsky scandal became public Hillary described Lewinsky as being a "narcissistic loony toon," instead of a young victim of an older more powerful man. Hardly the poster children for women's rights.

    June 10, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Rand Paul isn't saying Hillary should be mad at her husband for cheating on her. She is saying fathers and mothers should be mad at Bill for using his position to molest somebody's young daughter.

    June 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. westside

    Hilary Clinton is corrupt to the core. A daughter to a Chicago mob boss that put Bill Clintons enemies in the grave. I just can't wait for all her dirty laundry get aired when she runs for president.

    June 10, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Don

    This guy has bitten off more than he can chew.

    June 10, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. diamondick

    Any candidate that strays from the issues that are important to this great country should be immediately discarded. I know, we may not have any candidates, but that might not be a bad thing....

    June 10, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. milh3139

    A vote for Hillary will be a vote for another Obama. She and Bill are progressive to. Remember her health care bill she proposed was a lot like Obama Care. She failed as a Senator and as Secretary of State. She has no accomplishments to show for it except Benghazi. I do not believe a word she says and I still remember how they had a black list when Bill was in office. They are for one world order.

    June 10, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Lori

    Republitards: Please, please, please, please nominate Rand Paul! A guaranteed Hillary landslide!

    June 10, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    George Price says:
    June 10, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm
    what is she going to say ? that she is better at foreign policy issues than Paul is ?? (like Benghazi) this is going to be an enteraining dog and pony show from BOTH R’s and D’s !! Frankly, the Tea Party perspective is the ONLY hope for a continued “United States of America” from my perspective – “R & D” has come to stand for “refute and destroy” in day to day politics and Americans are tired of it, can the Tea Party do any WORSE than the Democrats or Republicans have done (or are doing) ?? NOT IN MY OPINION !! GIVE THEM A CHANCE FOR GOSH SAKES !!!!

    At least we know YOU are not a minority.... Give the Tea Party a chance to do what? Take us back to the 1850's?? I don't think so.

    June 10, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. bigtime1957

    fact is Republicans continue to give us the gift of stupidness, a Republican will have a harder time getting the Presidency ever again with the roads they have chosen to go down,

    June 10, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. hadenuf

    Who cares what this lying POS has to say? She is not truthful and we found that out years ago. Lying, money hungry, power hungry pos, in my opinion.

    June 10, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. James

    He's a dumb person.

    June 10, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. jhs39

    The only reason Rand Paul scores 43% in the polls is because a lot of people aren't familiar with his beliefs, his past statements and his past associations. Polls consistently show that people like libertarianism until they are confronted with actual libertarian beliefs and policies. If Rand Paul was the actual Republican nominee, which will never ever happen, he would be lucky to end up with double digit numbers nationally. The Republican establishment already knows this so they will never let him be their nominee.

    June 10, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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