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Rand Paul: Hiillary Clinton is ‘a war hawk’

By The Associated Press
August 24, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton “a war hawk,” Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.

Paul is a leading anti-interventionist in the GOP and is considering running for president. Last year he opposed President Barack Obama’s call for military action in Syria.

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul predicted a “transformational election” if the Democrats nominate “a war hawk like Hillary Clinton.”

“I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s gonna be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what? We are tired of war,'” Paul said. “We’re worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she’s so gung-ho.”

As a senator in 2002, Clinton voted in favor of giving President George W. Bush the broad authority to invade Iraq. She has said over the years that she regrets that vote, and in her new book “Hard Choices” wrote that “I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”

On the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Paul said he found the war-like images disturbing.

“When I see things like that, and I see, like, a warzone, and I see bazookas and tanks and all of this stuff in American city, it offends me, because many of these people, some are rioting, and they need to be arrested,” he said. “If you’re committing a crime, arrest people. But if you’re standing up, and you wanna voice dissent, you know, it is really what America is about, is being able to dissent.”

Paul also suggested that race might not be a factor in the events in Ferguson and linked the unrest to the war on drugs.

“Let’s say you’re African-American and you live there, let’s say none of this has to do with race. It might not, but the belief — if you’re African-American and you live in Ferguson, the belief is, you see people in prison and they’re mostly black and brown, that somehow it is racial, even if the thoughts that were going on at that time had nothing to do with race.

“So it’s a very good chance that had this had nothing to do with race, but because of all of the arrest and the way people were arrested, that everybody perceives it as, ‘My goodness, the police are out to get us,’ you know? And so that’s why you have to change the whole war on drugs. It’s not just this one instance.”

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5 Responses to Rand Paul: Hiillary Clinton is ‘a war hawk’

  1. SDRSr

    August 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Me thinks he thinks to much of himself. At best he like his father, is a niche politician…

  2. Keith

    August 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Me thinks that “niche” is now poised to run over the rest of the “Republicrats” .
    You know, those are the lying pols whose idea of giving voters a “choice” is to offer up a slate of candidates year after year that simply exchanges one set of crooks and thieves for another.

    Finally…FINALLY…. the American people are starting to (slowly) realize that the “old guard” Democrat and Republican Parties have now LONG since become simply two factions of the same “Country Club”.

    Mr Paul’s down-to-earth, common sense message is a long-awaited breath of fresh air in American politics. And it will be my pleasure to support him (if he chooses to run) when I cast my “first in the nation” vote in the 2016 New Hampshire primary.

  3. SDRSr

    August 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Years ago, I listened to Rand Paul’s father, during his many runs for President, it was full of Libertarian (read Republican) rhetoric and shallow thinking. Rand sounds just like his father, just not as polished. After the last 12 to 16 years of Republican bulls**t, war mongering, obstructionism and the perennially manufactured budget crises, I no longer trust any Republican. Regardless of their strips.

    This independent voter will vote Democratic at worst to Independent at best.

  4. Keith

    August 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Mr. Paul is only running as a Republican because if he ran as a Libertarian the far left-leaning mainstream media wouldn’t give his candidacy any coverage at all. Indeed, once they see that he now poses a serious threat to their socialist cause, the smear campaign will begin in earnest. See my “Repbulicrat” comment above.

    Fortunately, an increasing number of Americans are getting their “news” from other, FAR more balanced sources these days.

    Which, again, is contributing to the “wake up” call.

  5. SDRSr

    August 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    hahaha, “Far left-leaning mainstream media…” you buy into that. Most of the media in this country as with much of the world is owned by conservatives; many if not most far right leaning. For example, Rupert Murdock, The Koch brothers and others of their ilk. Most of them even impose a decidedly right leaning conservative slant on news published by their media companies.

    As for Mr. Paul running as a Republican instead of as what he is, a Libertarian. Why would anyone trust some one that will not run for office as what they are. Are they not then lying, from the get go, to the electorate? If they lie, other than the normal false truths, to get into office what will they do once in?

    A Libertarian is just a Republican that leans a further to the right with a few anti-federalist twists. They are the original Tea-Party.