Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Hillary Clinton is not “fit to lead the country” Friday, mocking the former secretary of state’s comments about her wealth and condemning her response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi.
Paul’s scathing words could provide an early look at the arguments he will deploy against Clinton if they both decide to run for president. They came during a speech in Kentucky before a crowd of several hundred GOP activists.
Paul opened his speech by joking that he was losing sleep over Clinton’s money problems, according to National Journal.
During her recent book tour, Clinton drew flack for claiming at one point that she and former President Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001. Although they were deeply in debt when Mr. Clinton’s presidency ended, they would go on to earn millions on the speaking circuit.
Paul asked his audience to observe a “moment of silence” for Clinton’s finances.
“Somebody must have been praying for her,” he said, “because she’s now worth 100, 200 million. I tell you, it was really tough giving those speeches.”
But at least she didn’t suffer alone, Paul joked: “She had her limo driver with her for the last 17 years to commiserate.”
“I certainly wish she becomes preoccupied with something else,” he added, “because I don’t think she’s fit to lead the country.”
Paul also ripped Clinton’s response to the attack in Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. Paul faulted Clinton for neglecting to read the memos requesting additional security for the Benghazi facility during her time as secretary of state.
She treated Benghazi “as if it were Paris,” Paul said. “Benghazi’s not Paris. Benghazi is a lot like Baghdad … if you don’t read the cables from one of the most dangerous spots on earth, frankly, you preclude yourself from ever being our commander in chief.”
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