Rand Paul: If 'Hillary Clinton worked for Bill Clinton, she'd probably have been fired'
August 29th, 2014
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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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    This QUACK FAKE doctor should just shut up and go home. BLAND has no chance of ever becoming president !!!!!!

    August 30, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Lizzie

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

    August 30, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. caeser

    Don't worry Randy you aint getting hired.

    August 30, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. JIM


    August 30, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. rs

    "If Rand Paul worked at a fast food shop, he'd have been fired......"

    August 30, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. John in NYC

    Rand Paul is a joke. He's the Dan Quayle of the 21st century.

    August 30, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. i'malib


    That's right! Both of them Both!!!!!! Both!!

    August 30, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Hector Slagg

    At this time I think Rand Paul should just shut up. We already have one tripping over his tongue. If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, period.

    August 30, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    OK... Other than Monday morning quarterbacking, list Rand Pual's accomplishments... Ready? Go...

    August 30, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Quick question for Rant: What's your opinion on the American diplomatic missions that were attacked during GW's administration and the American lives that were lost?

    Follow-up question: What's your opinion on the Marine barracks bombed in Lebanon when Reagan was president – and the 247 Marines killed and how RR tucked tail and ran?

    Finally, how do you feel about voters who think Reagan and Bush "kept us safe" and that we should return to their foreign and military policies?

    August 30, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    "At this time I think Rand Paul should just shut up. We already have one tripping over his tongue. If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan, period."

    Obama's was an incomplete statement; he should have finished it by saying "If your plan doesn't blow."

    Millions of people now have coverage – and insurance companies can't play God with your life by dropping you when you get sick or ending life-saving treatment because you've maxed-out your benefits.

    August 30, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Luc

    Rand Paul will get blasted by Hillary. Rand you work for your wife don't you. He is a joke. He is saying the right things but deep down Americans know what he stands for. Americans are not as stupid as you think Rand. Good luck and you better go to church and pray a lot your going to need it.

    August 30, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. eagle one

    If that's the case...then Bush would have had to fire his whole staff for all the embassy deaths on his watch....but then Rand doesn't want to talk about that small inconvenience

    August 30, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. danicalifornia

    Hillary is unqualified. Like her daughter, they got jobs through name recognition and on the coat tails of Bill. And now, even Bill doesn't look so great. Time for new blood.

    August 30, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    As much as he'd like you to forget it, Rant is a Libertarian and their foreign policy is isolationism. Rant saying otherwise is either 1) he's lying or 2) he's a sell-out.

    Take you pick.

    August 30, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Memo to Rand Paul: you may want to focus on current events, instead of Benghazi. You have heard of ISIS, right? ISIS is active, has beheaded one American, and may become a threat to the U.S. Mitt Romney gave up on Benghazi after the second presidential debate. In 2012.

    August 30, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    -there is absolutely NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT HEALTHCARE PLAN. NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT SAYING TOO. WHAT DO YOU WANT? When companies deny–so only president has MANDATED–if you are 50 or more employees–you must PROVIDE INSURANCE. Why don't you cry on it, idiot. Tell you, this president has GUTS TO SIGN THIS NEEDED LAW. NO MORE OUTCRY. ENOUGH. WE HEARD. PERIOD.

    August 30, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Mary

    Rand Paul is excellent at criticizing others, often without good reason/support, but I have yet to hear much of anything constructive from him! Hillary Clinton thinks things through before she speaks, rather than offering knee jerk or uninformed responses – good to have in a potential President!

    August 30, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    RWNJs during the GW years just bobble-headed along, puffed up and following in lockstep Fox's exhortation to blindly follow and never question Prez Bush because doing so was un-American, anti-God and aiding the enemy. Even as bin Laden remained at large, Afghanistana and Iraq turned into quagmires, the global economy tanked and the top1% grew richer investing their tax cuts overseas and laid off Americans and the middle class' wages stagnated.

    President Obama is elected and suddenly it's a RWNJs patriotic duty to endlessly and senselessly criticize the POTUS, follow drug-addict Limbaugh in hoping for his failure and support political obstruction at every turn.

    The hypocrisy and delusion are astounding – and the only way to counter it is for Dems to take back the House and return a 60+ seat majority in the Senate.

    RWNJs are free to believe what they want, but they've proven beyond a shado of a doubt they can't be trusted with political power.

    August 30, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Rand Paul should not expect an offer to work for President Hillary Clinton's administration. Mrs. Clinton will be looking for qualified people to fill Cabinet postions.

    August 30, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @Anonymous: "Rand Paul for president!"

    But first, please provide an example of any nation in the history of humankind that experienced broad-based, sustainable economic prosperity and a civil society by implementing the policies Rant proposes.


    August 30, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Vote out the repub/tea bag majority.

    Hey, Rant, when do we get to see your certificate for that made-up ophthalmology asociation you printed up at home and fraudulently practiced medicine under?

    August 30, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    I am going to miss David Letterman who called out the hamburger runner from KY for being a fake opthamologist on his show this week.
    He said the quack gave himself a doctorate degree from his own made up medical board because the legitimate opthamologist board would not. Sort of as if he gave himself an Emmy! Priceless. I hope Colbert does as good a job calling out the teaklans when he takes over in 2015.

    August 30, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Daniel, Seattle

    while i am definitely not a fan of hillary clinton, and don't want her as the nominee, i just don't get what happens if the nomination slips out of her reach.

    she is going to out-fundraise martin o'malley (her strongest challenger) by 4:1, and she has this whole fundraising apparatus behind her, as well as this huge energized base.

    will these democratic donors who were going to donate the max of $2,500 to clinton in the general election, automatically make this donation to clinton? will this huge movement behind her, get behind o'malley?

    i have to believe if her candidacy falls apart it will be a huge distraction for the party, and if she then becomes a liability how does she get her supporters and donors behind o'malley if she is a liability campaigning for him? it would also be a huge embarrassment for the party,

    and if o'malley has to disassociate himself from her, I don't see how he can unite the party behind him, and I also don't see how he could match the fundraising numbers of whoever the GOP nominee is in the general election, esp. with all these billions raised by the GOP super-pacs.

    this all would be a disaster scenario. if he can't get the donors behind him, o'malley will have to (like obama did) get ten or fifteen million dollars to donate $5 or $10 or $20, through the phone app, or facebook or whatever, and most of these donors have grown disillusioned.

    August 30, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Response

    "Other than Monday morning quarterbacking, list Rand Pual's accomplishments... Ready? Go..."

    Duke Medical School graduate – one of most selective medical schools in nation
    Ophthalmology residency – one of the hardest to get into in the nation
    Board Certified, founded a new Ophthalmology board because of disagreement that older physicians should be "grandfathered" from having to maintain their skills.
    Frequent charity trips to 3rd world countries to perform sight restoring surgery
    Filibustered 12 hours to force administration to retract its stance on extrajuducial killing of American citizens.
    Strongly opposes NSA snooping on ordinary Americans
    Wants defense dept to focus on "defense" of out nation.
    US Senator
    15 years running an Ophthalmology practice

    August 30, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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