Sen. Ted Cruz has revealed Republicans’ 2016 campaign cudgel: Hillary Clinton’s record as President Obama’s secretary of state will be wielded mercilessly on the campaign trail should she emerge as the Democrats’ White House nominee.
“She owns the Obama-Clinton foreign policy,” the Texas Republican and potential 2016 contender told The Washington Times.
“She designed and implemented ‘lead from behind’ – and the whole world is on fire right now,” Sen. Cruz said.
The former first lady has been widely criticized on her foreign policy performance as secretary of state from her Russian “reset” button to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens. The Washington Times also recently revealed audio tapes where top government officials questioned Mrs. Clinton’s role in Libya causing Democrats to question Ms. Clinton’s rush to war creating a terrorist hotbed.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, also a potential GOP presidential candidate, said Ms. Clinton’s foreign policy legacy could be a campaign albatross.
“I’m not sure that being secretary of state has really given her any advantage at all if you use that position in a negative way,” added Dr. Ben Carson.
Dr. Carson slammed Mrs. Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attack.
“I actually believe that if we have a consulate or an embassy and we have people there in danger – I actually believe I would protect them,” he said.
It’s a theme echoed by Carly Fiorina, a former business executive and prospective White House player.
“I will be pretty fearless in pointing out her failures as secretary of state. And I also think that the policies that she has pursued hasn’t been good for this country,” Mrs. Fiorina said to the Washington Times.
Republicans should have plenty of time to calibrate their campaign attacks as polls show Mr. Clinton as the clear Democratic frontrunner for the nomination should she make her bid official, as expected.
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