Rand Paul: Lewinsky scandal tainted the Clintons' legacy

"Sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other" the senator said of Bill and Hillary

Published January 26, 2014 6:58PM (EST)

Rand Paul                         (AP/Timothy D. Easley)
Rand Paul (AP/Timothy D. Easley)

In Rand Paul's world, not only is there no such thing as the Republican war on women -- it's also 1999. The Senator appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning to take a jab at Hillary Clinton's prospects for a 2016 presidential run, claiming that the Clinton legacy, and by extension her potential campaign, was tainted by Bill's "predatory behavior" during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office," Paul said. "And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and it is predatory behavior."

"If there were someone in my community who did that...we would dissociate from [them]," he added.

Paul, who was echoing comments made by his wife Kelley last year in a Vogue profile, was careful not to go so far as to say that Hillary should be judged for the scandal were she to make a presidential bid. But "this is with regard to the Clintons," he said, "and sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other."

By Lindsay Abrams

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