Rand Paul: Clinton Shouldn't Run In 2016 Because Of Benghazi

While many on both sides of the aisle are criticizing Hillary Clinton for her heavy use of personal email during her time as Secretary of State, Rand Paul has a different take. He believes that it was her handling of Benghazi that should disqualify Clinton from entering the 2016 presidential race.

He states, "The main thing that bothers me, and should preclude her from being considered for the presidency, is that she didn't defend our mission in Benghazi. She was asked repeatedly for security, didn't defend the embassy … and then as a consequence we lost our ambassador there. Paul also went on to say that Clinton should address reports that her family foundation accepted donations from foreign governments before, during and after her time at the State Department. Paul states that the donations can look like "foreign countries buying influence with someone who could potentially run for the presidency." He went on to say, "There's a lot of things she's going to have to answer, some of her behavior really should make a lot of Americans think twice about whether or not to consider her. There's a bar that everyone who wants to run for the president has to cross, and that's, 'Will you defend our country, will you defend our people, and will you defend American interests?'"

Rand Paul also says, “She was probably asked 20 times for more security for that embassy. When I asked her, 'Did you read the cables from Ambassador Stevens?' she acted as if she didn't have time; she was too busy traveling the world and showing that she was a great traveling secretary of state. But there's a real problem when the ambassador is pleading for help and saying that we're in danger of being overrun, and you continue to reduce security forces there."

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