Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) escalated his criticism of former President Clinton, saying any candidate who has accepted money from the former president should return it.
Paul said Democratic candidates who accept money from Clinton have some “explaining to do” when it comes to women’s rights.
Paul has become increasingly critical of Clinton’s past affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, calling it “predatory behavior” on numerous occasions.
“They can’t have it both ways,” Paul said on C-Span’s “Newsmakers” set to air Sunday.
“And so I really think that anybody who wants to take money from Bill Clinton or have a fundraiser has a lot of explaining to do. In fact, I think they should give the money back,” Paul said. “If they want to take position on women’s rights, by all means do. But you can’t do it and take it from a guy who was using his position of authority to take advantage of young women in the workplace.”
Now, why would Rand Paul say this, and say this now? Who is he going after? Officially, he's responding to Sen. Claire McCaskill (herself a proxy for the Clintons in this case) but she won her re-election bid in 2012 and has another four years before she faces voters again, so that's not the real reason.
If you think it's Hillary Clinton, that too is incorrect. That's still two years out. Again, the question is why attack Bill Clinton now in earlt 2014, and why is Rand Paul specifically the one?
That's easy. His real target is Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Former President Bill Clinton — known as the “Big Dog” — will come to Louisville this month for a campaign event for Grimes, who is running for the U.S. Senate and trying to topple Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“We are very excited to have President Clinton coming into town to make his first campaign stop of this election cycle,” Grimes said in an interview Friday.
“I was elated when he called and said he wanted to make this race his top priority,” she said.
Grimes said Clinton, 67, will campaign for her on Feb. 25. Jonathan Hurst, Grimes’ adviser, said details of the visit will be released in the coming days.
I've said before that the Clintons have been good friends to Jerry Lundergan, Alison's father and former Kentucky Democratic Party head. The Clintons are very, very popular in here in Kentucky. Paul is helping out Mitch The Turtle by attacking Clinton and Grimes for him. Pretty soon, those calls for "Democrats" to give the money back and stop having fundraisers with Big Dog will be directed personally at Grimes herself.
Clinton is Grimes's strongest card in her hand. Rand Paul is Mitch's strongest card. And if Rand Paul wants to take on the Big Dog, let it happen. Paul's got so many nasty associations in his closet that he'll lose in seconds.
This is gonna be fun.