Hillary Clinton says Rand Paul will be 'fair game'
June 10th, 2014
10:47 AM ET
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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."

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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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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Best thing Rand Paul can do if he decides to run is stop talking altogether. He's his own worst verbal enemy.

    June 10, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other.""

    Poor GOPers/Teatrolls....so very very nuance challenged....

    June 10, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Silence DoGood

    "He can talk about whatever he wants to talk about," Clinton responded. "And if he decides to runs, he'll be fair game too."
    ....and she will use actual facts and political philosophy differences not pseudo-moral sniping.

    June 10, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Denise

    Rand Paul, the clown that believes gay marriage will lead to bestiality when he, himself, looks like he was inbred with a sheep judging by the looks of his hair.......

    June 10, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Denise

    Of course this clown is fair game, but highly doubt he would get the nod, let alone ever be president. Obama is something the fools on the right will never be, commander in chief, duly elected twice....

    June 10, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other.""

    Poor GOPers/Teatrolls....so very very nuance challenged...."

    Which I suppose explains why they can't tell their patoots from their elbows.

    June 10, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. CommonSense

    Rand Paul is just like his crazy dad to the 2nd power!!! This is reason why the Republican party will never be a national party again!!!! PS – I forgot, Ted Cruz, Rush, Hannity and stupid Sarah.....wow! And it gets crazier...

    June 10, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. ST

    Agreed. Rand Paul is a fair game. He shouldn't dare at all to attack Hillary once she declares she is on the run. Rand Paul will be destroyed into ashes (politically). Never ever try to throw a punch to someone you are well aware he/she knows how to throw back the real punch, as she has been there and trying it once again is not a problem.

    June 10, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And what experience does he bring to the table? What exactly are his qualifications? An eye doctor that couldn't even get certified. Yet they say President Obama was unqualified. A lawyer is way more qualified than an uncertified eye doctor.

    June 10, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Dave

    Rand is as nutty as his father and if he gets the nomination, it will be the biggest gift to Democrats.

    June 10, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    -right now republicans are just laughing stack for the world, and USA. These clowns are funny, idiotic. These guys second century rant needs to be stopped. I think we need to move forward with total gun-ban laws, and other needed reforms.

    June 10, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. AlbaMN

    Whether she decides to run or not, she is still a politician you can admire. All too scarce these days.

    June 10, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Laverne

    Bill made a moral mistake, but Monica was not taking advantage of. She willingly got on her knees and she deliberately kept the dress as proof she had been with the president. It cost them both, but Monica was left looking stupid, heck she did not even get it, just tasted it, oh brother!!!!

    June 10, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. bill

    Denise You must know alot about being inbread. First hand expereince?

    June 10, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Chris-E...al

    Its Hillary love hug your nanny day i see but what has a dem ever done for the working man or woman really ? Wake up and stop faking dem or gas mics ?

    June 10, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Hillary Speak? Big Secret. Hillary run. No, not so big secret. Big secret. Hillary and Bill dead broke when leaving White House. So preachers of Fiscal Responsibility have no learning in economics? Now what coach? Nobody have any money so want welcome Bill and Hillary to Club. Now how Bill and Hillary get so rich? Con, steal, lie and cheat. Working is for the peasants. Lead on!

    June 10, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "And if he decides to run, he'll be fair game too."
    Translation: He can get pimp slapped too. Bringing up Monica Lewinsky will just make any candidate look pathetic. Hillary will be the one on the ballot, not Bill.

    June 10, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. rs

    It won't just be Mr. Paul.

    After supporting Nevada's welfare rancher Mr. Bundy recently against the Bureau of Land Management (for the audacity of trying to collect on 20 years of unpaid grazing fees), and bringing out all the gun nuts as "protection" for Mr. Bundy, the GOP and FOX News has some explaining to do now that two of the White Supremacist/militia types who were at the Bundy Ranch shot and killed 3 people (including two police officers) in Las Vegas this week trying to "start the revolution". They even had their TEA Party flag do deface the murdered officers with.

    The GOP- the radical anti-American Party!

    June 10, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Bill from GA

    To understand how rand paul succeeds as a politician, you have to know something about the kind of people who vote for righties.

    And the more Hill attacks him, the higher his stature with them will go.

    Further, at least one of his ideas has wide appeal: That the USA is way too involved in foreign affairs at the expense of our own interests.

    Having said that, I would never vote for him and can't stand him.

    June 10, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Someone, quick, get that man a comb!!!

    June 10, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    When Rand Paul speaks, people don't listen.

    June 10, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Hillary Clinton: Butcher of Benghazi

    Yes, Hillary. You know a lot about game. You let all of our people in Benghazi become fair game for terrorists with your negligent incompetence. Can you tell us how many more you are going to killed with your incompetence should you get elected?

    June 10, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Thomas

    Rand Paul and Marco Rubio act like teen agers .

    The Aqua Buddha and the Tweating Cuban .

    June 10, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. centaur927

    Rand Paul is a lightweight would be on the canvas in seconds vs. Hillary. And she's taller to boot.

    June 10, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. centaur927

    It would be an unfair fight because of Hillary's height advantage. Rand would hit the canvas in round 1.

    June 10, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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