- The Washington Times - Friday, August 29, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul lambasted former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreign policy Friday, saying she’d likely had been canned had her husband been in charge during the 2012 terrorist attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

“I think had Hillary Clinton worked for Bill Clinton, she would have been fired,” the Kentucky Republican said during a speech at the annual Americans for Prosperity Summit in Dallas.

“There will be a discussion over the next four years to discuss if Hillary Clinton is fit to be in charge of government,” Mr. Paul said to audience jeers, adding that Mrs. Clinton’s handling of the attack “goes to the core of whether or not the people in charge of this should be in charge of government.”

Mr. Paul is one of several prospects routinely floated for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Mrs. Clinton is widely seen as the front-runner for the Democrats.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Mr. Paul called Mrs. Clinton a “war hawk” and claimed the rise of Islamic State militants in the Middle East was a direct result of her push for war in Libya.

During his speech Friday, Mr. Paul also harshly criticized President Obama for saying he did not have a strategy to combat the Islamic State terrorist group, which has beheaded an American journalist and taken control of large areas of Iraq and Syria.

“If the president has no strategy, maybe it’s time for a new president,” Mr. Paul said.

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