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Opinion: Paul's commentary on Hilary

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For many years now, Hilary Clinton has been garnering support among her peers for her own possible presidential run in 2016.

Recently, Senator Rand Paul spoke his opinion on a possible Hilary Clinton nomination in 2016. The Republican senator from Kentucky brought up the Lewinsky scandal of the late 1990s, when then-President Bill Clinton was found to have engaged in a relationship with White House Intern Monica Lewinsky.

In the recent interview, Paul called Bill Clinton a "predator" and suggested that Hilary's potential run for the presidency could be impacted by the affair her husband famously had while in office.

Well, let's take a step back. For one thing, Lewinsky was a woman in her early 20's when the affair began. She was not a young teenager, as was suggested by this interview. She was an adult. While Clinton was of course a powerful man, which could be intimidating for any young woman, Lewinsky was an adult. It takes two people to have an affair of any kind, and she is just as accountable for her actions at that time as Mr. Clinton was.

Second of all, Clinton is hardly the first president to have ever engaged in some type of an affair while he was in office. If Paul is going to play the Lewinsky card in this manner, then all politicians (regardless of their party) should be considered fair game, even years after the affair ended.

Lastly, at this point, why mention her husband's past indiscretions as something against Mrs. Clinton? Hilary Clinton is an intelligent woman, who has served as a senator, secretary of state. She has clearly made the choice to stand by her husband. Whatever her reasons for doing so, that was her choice. Will it be asked if she runs for president? Probably, but what her husband did should not a judgement on her.

Republicans have been accused of waging a "war on women." Paul's comment on Clinton makes one wonder if that is true. If Hilary Clinton were a man running for office, would the Lewinsky affair even be mentioned, or would it all be swept under the rug?

Perhaps in the future, politicians should just stay completely away from bringing up anything that touches on one's personal life. Not that it will happen anytime soon, but it would be nice.

What do you think about Paul's comments?



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