Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “should preclude” her from holding higher office again.
“Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again,” Mr. Paul said Tuesday during a speech at The Citadel, according to ABC News. “There were still people alive and fighting for hours upon hours, and there were some people in Tripoli who could have gone. I don’t think that decision was made by a military person. I think it was made ultimately by a politician.”
The attack killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.
“We should never have a commander in chief who is unwilling to send in troops for reinforcement or in the six month period of time, did not send adequate security when it was asked for repeatedly,” Mr. Paul continued. “To me, that should preclude you from ever holding high office.”
Mr. Paul’s comments come as he makes a swing through South Carolina, an early presidential primary state. On Monday, he took a swipe at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent announcement that it will do away with trans fats and said that he wants to see how “skinny or how fat” people crafting the rule actually are.
“What’s next? We got health care, we got the Big Gulp — I mean, you name it — they’re coming after your doughnuts,” he said. “The FDA has banned unilaterally — some unelected bureaucrat has banned trans fats,” he said. “So I say we need to line every one of them up. I want to see how skinny or how fat the FDA agents are that are making the rules on this.”