Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should “never hold high office again” because of the way that she handled the Benghazi attacks.
Mr. Paul, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, said in a Washington Times op-ed that the high-octane hearings on Capitol Hill this week showed that there are still more questions than answers from the Sept. 11 attacks on the consulate in Benghazi that led to the death of J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans.
“The evidence we had in January already suggested that Mrs. Clinton ignored repeated requests for more security in Benghazi,” Mr. Paul said. “The new evidence we have today — and that continues to mount — suggests that at the very least, Mrs. Clinton should never hold high office again.”
Polls show that the 2016 Democratic nomination for president is Mrs. Clinton’s to lose if she runs.
The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, meanwhile, placed Mr. Paul in the second tier of potential GOP presidential candidates, putting him behind Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.