Rand Paul, in Iowa, Rips Clinton on Benghazi

By:  Jack Kenny
05/13/2013
       
Rand Paul, in Iowa, Rips Clinton on Benghazi

Kentucky Senator and potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul continued his criticism of Hillary Clinton over the attack in Benghazi in a speech Friday night in Iowa.

Kentucky Senator and potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul continued his criticism of Hillary Clinton over the attack in Benghazi in a Friday night speech in Iowa, the state where the voting for presidential nominees begins every four years.

Speaking at the Iowa GOP Lincoln Day fundraising dinner in Cedar Rapids, Paul took aim at the former secretary of state, repeating his charges about <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->her failure to respond to requests for additional security in the months leading up to the armed attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

"It was inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude her from holding higher office," Paul said, bringing the cheering crowd of about 500 to their feet.

Clinton, a former First Lady and senator from New York, was the runner up to Barack Obama in the 2008 battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. She resigned as secretary of state in January after serving in that office during Obama's first term as president. Though she is considered the likely frontrunner for her party's nomination in 2016, her political future may be clouded by recent revelations about unheeded and rejected requests for added security in Libya, and by the State Department's role in revising "talking points" about the incident to exclude references to terrorist groups and CIA warnings about terrorist activity in Benghazi.

"Where the hell were the Marines?" Paul asked, concerning security failures at the mission. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before leaving office in January, Clinton said she had not personally seen the cables from Libya requesting more security. Paul, a committee member, told Clinton at that hearing he would have fired her. "Had I been president at the time and I had found that you had not read the cables from Benghazi, you had not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens," Paul said, "I would have relieved you of your post."

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