Rand Paul: If 'Hillary Clinton worked for Bill Clinton, she'd probably have been fired'
August 29th, 2014
06:28 PM ET
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Rand Paul: If 'Hillary Clinton worked for Bill Clinton, she'd probably have been fired'

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul on Friday defended his criticism of Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attack against a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The Kentucky Republican, rebutting claims that Benghazi criticism is "politically motivated," said Clinton's handling of the attack was a legitimate topic of discussion as she considers a presidential bid.

"There will be discussion over the next four years whether or not Hillary Clinton is fit to lead this country," he said at a Dallas event hosted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity. "Is Hillary Clinton fit to be commander in chief?"

The audience fired off a robust round of 'no's.

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The first-term senator went on to compare Benghazi to the 1993 mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which 18 U.S. military members were killed. Two months after the tragedy, President Bill Clinton announced the resignation of Les Aspin, then secretary of the defense. Aspin had taken heat for denying security requests for U.S. forces in the region just a month before the attack.

"He ignored the request and he resigned ultimately in disgrace," Paul said. "I think had Hillary Clinton worked for Bill Clinton, she'd probably have been fired."

Paul has been hounding Clinton over foreign policy and Benghazi for the past year, and he frequently brings up the former secretary of state as he lays his own groundwork for a possible presidential campaign.

In an interview earlier this summer, Clinton was asked about Paul's attacks, specifically about a separate claim he has made, saying Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky could be a liability if Hillary Clinton runs for president.

"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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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "The Kentucky Republican, rebutting claims that Benghazi criticism is "politically motivated," said Clinton's handling of the attack was a legitimate topic of discussion as she considers a presidential bid. "

    Classic deflection. Sure, it was legitimate topic of discussion. That doesn't mean the manner and substance of the discussion was legitimate...., particularly the contributions made by the RWNJ loony circus.

    August 29, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. rs

    Ahhh the desperation of the Right, they have gone back to Benghazi for assailing the government.... Just to refresh your memory Mr. Paul: Your own party's Benghazi investigation concluded there was no wrong doing, and; your Congressional Neanderthals cut the security budget for State. So, perhaps instead of making up scenarios around fictitious events to make a point, you do be more good by simply standing in a corner with a pointy hat on. Get it?

    August 29, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Chris..E.Al

    Why would R. Paul say such a thing snicker snicker ?

    August 29, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Bill

    The people of Kentucky need to fire Rand Paul

    August 29, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Steve, New York City

    Rand Paul has made some sensible comments regarding foreign policy.

    August 29, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    May ask you why? This guy is an utter nonsense. Tell to your uneducated idiots. Why didn't you fir BushW? Reagan for Iran contra, trickle down?

    August 29, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    Shut up Rand, you're never going to be nominated, much less win a Presidential election ever. Let the grown ups work on the hard problems and you stick with pretending to be a Senator.

    August 29, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Ben Ghazi

    I knew I'd be back!!!!!

    August 29, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. mrivera1119

    This kind of unnecessary, baseless comment shows the world how petty, unhinged and mediocre Rand "Aqua Budha" Paul really is.

    August 29, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. ChrisM

    If Rand Paul worked for Ron Paul's campaign he would of paid out bribes to Sorenson. Like Benton, now former McConnell campaign manager, paid out bribes.

    August 29, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    And if Rand wasn't afraid to stick around, finish his burger, and listen to what people were asking instead of running like a rabbit on meth, he would not be called "coward."

    August 29, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Former republican, now an independent

    Rand Paul knows so little about foreign policy that he wouldn't recognize a viable solution if it jumped up and slapped him in the face. That clueless look he has is the only thing not fake about him!

    August 29, 2014 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. ja

    As would Rand

    August 29, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. rick

    But the attude of dont care is also a liability.. That particular point is not missed by very many. The only reason she dinnt get a nasty divorce from Bill. Is because it would have killed any chance of the rungs of ladder to the oval office. Her ultimate goal. Reason neither of them are ever seen together. After every president leaves the office. There have been many videos and pictures of the married couple together. But not the Clintons. Blogs and emails are flying around about that. Several I have spoken too have noticed it earlier than I have. And many are convinced that Hillary will use the grandchild as a ploy to show her as a people person. But that also is anticipated. And blogged about. She is counting on straight votes from masses with goldfish memories. But sadly wrong on that assumption. In fact. Wrong on many assuptions in past. Book tour.. Massive sales.. Inquery about Bengazi.. Do nothing secratary of state.. All assumed to help her bid. But a hinderance she is ignoring.. We see it..

    August 29, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Rand Paul for president!

    August 29, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  16. Helloirene

    Rand Paul makes me sick- I see hes still out there slurring people , thats all he does –why doesnt he stick to politics?? instead of peoples personal lives ????

    August 29, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Thomas

    We don't see much of Mrs. Rand " AquaBuddah " Paul ,do we ?

    If Rand had been secretary of state , we wouldn't have lost Mexico to Mexicans .

    August 29, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. J.V.hodgson

    More than two years out before either of them can be certain of being Party " nominee even let alone eventual" candidate" and already the mudslinging has started.
    Benghazi..... how many reports from all sorts of house and senate committees have been made and internal reviews at the state department.... the new commission is just a way for the republican party to keep it in the news ( it ain't "news" any more its history already) and a way of questioning her judgment.

    August 30, 2014 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    GW ignored the August 6, 2001 memo warning about al Qaeda and it attacking us using planes. During his watch, not only did 9/11 happen, but American diplomatic installations were hit multiple times, some of which resulted in American lives lost.

    What should REALLY happen is every Repub/tea bag who has not had the stones to admit these FACTS should not be allowed to run for any elected office.

    August 30, 2014 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  20. marilyn58

    What an idiot, doesn't know what he is talking about just envious about their accomplishments.

    August 30, 2014 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  21. Paulocaesar

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

    Thanks Hillary!....'nuff said.

    August 30, 2014 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  22. tomdavie

    Rand never seems to tire of convincing himself Hillary Clinton is not fit to lead the country but never gets around to telling us why he is instead.

    We have invited him to thrall us with his acumen based on his vast experience in ..........well, anything outside being an eye doctor.

    August 30, 2014 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  23. J Anthony

    Hillary is a bad choice for next prez, but not because this guy says so. These people have nothing of substance to offer the country, besides fear and platitudes and criticism of the "other side." It's a joke, and the joke's on us.

    August 30, 2014 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  24. Marie MD

    I take it that the money the teaklans said NO to for embassy security doesn't come into play.
    When are these fools going to realize that Benghazi and bringing out the intern after all these years is not going to stick?
    This is the same mind who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. The dreamers, blah, blah, blah, we need to help, blah, blah, blah, then runs like a scared rabbit when one of them confronts, not him mind you, but kind of IA. That hamburger just looked too good to leave behind.
    Your own words against civil rights are going to be out there for all to hear. Going to Guatemala to help was good for those people but do you think that will get you Latino votes? How many Guatemalan's versus other Latin American countries are there in the US right now? How about kids and the poor right here in the US who need the same type of healthcare. Right, the ACA is bad.

    August 30, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |

    Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Dopey Rand Paul will be long gone by then.

    August 30, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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