Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi should “preclude her from holding higher office,” according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Paul told a crowd of supporters in Iowa on Friday that any presidential ambitions Clinton might have in 2016 should be stymied by the administration’s response to the Libya attack.
“First question to Hillary Clinton: Where in the hell were the Marines?” he said, according to NBC News. “It was inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude her from holding higher office.”
The administration has come under heavy criticism from Republicans for how it handled the attack, which left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. In particular, Republicans have questioned whether the administration provided enough security and support to the embassy, and also how the attack was initially characterized afterwards.
Paul has not been shy about discussing his own interest in mounting a presidential run in 2016, and his appearance before the Iowa crowd carried heavy campaign undertones, as he spoke at the Iowa GOP’s annual Lincoln Dinner.
Read more at The Hill. By Peter Schroeder.