Rand Paul: Bill Clinton Is a Predator

Sen. Rand Paul was talking like it’s 1999 on “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Key player:  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
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Sarah Mimms
Jan. 26, 2014, 6:43 a.m.

Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Rand Paul took a shot at the 42nd Pres­id­ent of the United States on “Meet the Press” Sunday. Paul, who is con­sid­er­ing a bid for the pres­id­ency in 2016, was asked wheth­er the Mon­ica Lew­in­sky scan­dal would be fair game if Hil­lary Clin­ton de­cides to run for pres­id­ent as well.

“He took ad­vant­age of a girl that was 20 years old and an in­tern in his of­fice,” the Ken­tucky sen­at­or said of Bill Clin­ton. “There is no ex­cuse for that and that is pred­at­ory be­ha­vi­or. “¦We shouldn’t want to as­so­ci­ate with people who would take ad­vant­age of a young girl in his of­fice,” Paul said Sunday.

“If there was some­body in my com­munity who did that “¦ we would dis­as­so­ci­ate from [them],” he ad­ded.

Paul wouldn’t say wheth­er Bill Clin­ton’s past re­flec­ted on his wife’s abil­it­ies to po­ten­tially run the coun­try, but ad­ded that the Clin­tons are a team and that “some­times it’s hard to sep­ar­ate one from the oth­er.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., hit back against Paul’s com­ments. “Hil­lary Clin­ton has es­tab­lished her own repu­ta­tion, her own name,” Durbin said on “Meet the Press.” “The is­sues that were raised by my col­league Sen. Paul, have been lit­ig­ated in the pub­lic square for over a dec­ade.”

Paul’s com­ments came as part of a lar­ger dis­cus­sion of the “war on wo­men,” and par­tic­u­larly former Arkan­sas Gov. Mike Hucka­bee’s com­ments last week.

Paul, in his ap­pear­ance on both “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Uni­on” at­temp­ted to re­frame the ideo­lo­gic­al war between the two parties over fe­male voters, ar­guing that “If there was a war on wo­men, I think they won.”

“I’ve seen the wo­men in my fam­ily and how well they’re do­ing. My niece is in Cor­nell [veter­in­ary] school and 85% of the people in vet school right now are wo­men. Over half of the young people in med­ic­al school and dent­al school are wo­men. Law school, the same way,” Paul said on CNN. “I think wo­men are do­ing very well and I’m proud of how well we’ve come and how far we’ve come, and I think that some of the vic­timo­logy and all this oth­er stuff is trumped up. We don’t get to any good policy by play­ing some sort of charade that some­how one party doesn’t care about wo­men or one party is not in fa­vor of wo­men ad­van­cing or oth­er people ad­van­cing.”

“I don’t see so much that wo­men are down­trod­den. “¦ In fact, I worry about our young men some­times,” Paul ad­ded on “Meet the Press,” ar­guing that young men are be­com­ing less com­pet­it­ive in high­er edu­ca­tion than their fe­male coun­ter­parts.

Pressed on Hucka­bee’s state­ment last week that Demo­crats seem to be ar­guing that wo­men “can­not con­trol their li­bido” without the help of gov­ern­ment, Paul de­murred. “I try not to ever have dis­cus­sions of ana­tomy, un­less I’m at a med­ic­al con­fer­ence.,” the oph­thal­mo­lo­gist joked.