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In contest for women voters, Rand Paul jabs at Bill Clinton

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is weighing a run for president.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is weighing a run for president.

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 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 mention of intern Monica Lewinsky, who was 22 at the time of her liaison with Clinton in November 1995, comes as Democrats have been redoubling their efforts to paint the GOP as a party that stands opposed to women on issues such as contraception, abortion rights and equal pay.

Interviewed on NBC's Meet the Press, Paul rejected the criticism of the GOP and said Democrats should look at their former president and his infidelity.

Paul's remarks come as he weighs a presidential campaign in 2016, which could bring him face to face with former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, if she, too, decides to run.

In contest for women voters, Rand Paul jabs at Bill Clinton 01/26/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:28am]
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