Sen. Rand Paul: Bill Clinton's infidelity 'war on women'
WASHINGTON — Democrats should remember President Bill Clinton's sexual affair with a White House intern before turning their criticism to Republicans' attitudes toward women, Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday.
“He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office,” said Paul, R-Ky. “There is no excuse for that — and that is predatory behavior.”
Paul's invocation of intern Monica Lewinsky, who was 22 at the time of her first liaison with Clinton in November 1995, occurs as Democrats have redoubled efforts to paint the GOP as opposed to women on issues such as contraception, abortion rights and equal pay.
The GOP's efforts appeared to some to stumble last week when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee linked women's “libido” and government-sponsored birth control while addressing the Republican National Committee. Although Huckabee said Democrats are patronizing to women, Democrats quickly seized on the phrasing to underscore their campaign.
Clinton's lies about his sexual relationship were among the reasons the House voted to impeach him in 1998. The Senate acquitted him.
“Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say: ‘Republicans are having a war on women'?” Paul told NBC's “Meet the Press.”
Paul said the infidelity should not be used against Hillary Rodham Clinton if she seeks the Democratic nomination for president.