Paul: Benghazi should preclude Clinton from presidency
November 12th, 2013
02:27 PM ET
9 years ago

Paul: Benghazi should preclude Clinton from presidency

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky restated his position on Tuesday that the attack on the United States compound in Benghazi–and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response–should prohibit her from becoming president.

Paul, who has long been outspoken about the terrorist attack, told cadets at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, that the commander-in-chief should never be unwilling to send troops to protect the United States’ diplomatic missions.

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“Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office ever again,” he said.

The diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens.

Since the attack, many Republicans in Congress have called for more investigations into what happened in Benghazi and have faulted Clinton for not quickly sending reinforcements when the compound fell under siege.

Stephens was the first U.S. ambassador killed on duty in 33 years.

Clinton is widely seen as the prohibitive front runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. Paul is someone who has not denied having aspirations of higher office, making his remarks an early attempt to undermine a potential Democratic rival that polls have leading generic Republican challengers.

Earlier this year, shortly after Clinton stepped down from her post at the State Department, Paul leveled similar critiques against her record and future aspirations.

“The person who made that decision should never be in place or a position to make that decision again,” he told CNN in May. “I stand by that.”

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in January, where Clinton testified on Benghazi, Paul was equally critical, telling the then-secretary of state that had he been president at the time, he would have “relieved” her of her post.

“I find it a dereliction of duty, a clear dereliction of duty,” Paul said on Tuesday. “She wants to blame it on somebody else, but it is absolutely her responsibility.”

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mrs. Benghazi won't win the presidency.
    No she won't, but Hillary Clinton is a shoe-in.

    November 12, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. rusty1

    Rand Paul is once again displaying his arrogance and stupidity. He distorts the facts and makes up lies to tear down Hillary Clinton. What has he ever done for this country? Oh yeah that's right he shut down the government with all the other Tea Party terrorist, and cost the american economy Billions of dollars. Let have a hearing on the actions of these soo called republician.

    November 12, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rand Paul has nothing to contribute to the conversation, and when he does somebody else has already said it.
    Sit down, be still, and shut up.

    November 12, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Tony

    Rand Paul did not mention that House Republicans openly admitted that they cut funding for embassy security after Republicans took over the House in 2011.

    November 12, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    I really do not give darn hoot at Benghazi, just learn GOP thugs,

    November 12, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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