Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday knocked former President Clinton as a “throwback to a sort of troglodyte time,” where men took advantage of women in the workplace.
Speaking to The Hill prior to his appearance at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Paul defended his recent attacks on the former president, who he’s criticized as a “sexual predator.” He’s also called for Democrats to return donations raised or contributed by Clinton.
He said he believes it’s “fair game for Democrats to have to defend” Clinton, since they lean on him heavily for fundraising and campaigning help.
Clinton is expected to be a useful figure for the party this election cycle, as he remains a popular Democratic leader, even as President Obama’s unpopularity threatens to drag down some vulnerable Democrats.
Clinton recently campaigned in Kentucky for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely general election opponent to Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCould bipartisanship rise with Trump government? Senate names part of Cures bill after Beau Biden Biden raises possibility of 2020 presidential bid MORE (R-Ky.), who Paul has endorsed.
Paul’s criticism of the former president has been interpreted by many as a preemptive volley in his probable campaign for president in 2016, when Democrats are expected to nominate Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonQuote from Clinton concession the most retweeted political tweet of the year How to create TrumpCare and make it great Nonprofit groups call on Trump to drop Flynn MORE to run.
He said, however, he doesn’t believe Clinton’s indiscretions should disqualify his wife from the presidency.
However, “not sending reinforcements into Benghazi should disqualify her,” he said.