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Jan 5, 2016 12:25 AM

Steinhauser: Paul tells NH1 News Hillary Clinton's 'opened the door' to husband's past sexual infidelities

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CONCORD – Sen. Rand Paul says Hillary Clinton’s made her husband’s past sexual infidelities and allegations of misconduct “fair game.”

Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News on Monday at the station’s media headquarters, the senator from Kentucky and Republican White House candidate took aim at the former president as Clinton was in New Hampshire campaigning for his wife, the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has sought numerous times over the past week to make the former president’s past sexual behavior an issue in Hilary Clinton’s White House bid. But long before Trump put Clinton back in the media spotlight, Paul was making the case.

Talking about Bill Clinton’s well chronicled affair with Monica Lewinsky during his years in the White House in the 1990’s, Paul said two years ago on NBC’s Meet the Press that “he took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that and that is predatory behavior.”

Asked by NH1 News if it’s still fair game to be talking about the issue, Paul said “I don’t think it’s Hillary’s fault. His serial infidelities are not her fault. But at the same time she recently said in a speech that sexual victims of harassment or whatever need to be believed, need to be listened to, and I agree with that. But shouldn’t that apply to people who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment?”

“And I think in some ways he got a pass. I know there was the impeachment and all that but in some ways people kind of ignored the fact that this was a 21 year old intern under his employment. If any CEO had that kind of behavior towards an intern who was 21 years old, they would be fired. And Hillary Clinton supports some of these workplace rules, but she hasn’t really made a comment that if they were applied to a president or her husband, he would have been fired by any corporation. So I think she’s made him fair game,” he added.

Paul also told NH1 News that when it comes to Bill Clinton’s infidelities, “I used to do it in response to questions. I don’t voluntarily bring it up. But I do think she’s opened the door for this.”

“She wants to be a champion for victims of sexual harassment or victims of sexual abuse. Well there are several victims that have stepped forward and accused Bill Clinton of that,” he added.

Paul spoke with NH1 News as he kicked off a week of campaigning in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Paul launched his GOP nomination bid in the early spring to much fanfare and was briefly a co-front runner in public opinion surveys. But his campaign appeared to languish, and for months he’s been in the mid-single digits in most Granite State surveys.

But Paul disagreed with such an assessment, telling NH1 News that “I think the one thing that's unknown is if things have gone sour or not.”

“I think the polls aren't very accurate. I think they've been overwhelmed by this celebrity coverage,” he added, referring to the media’s obsession with Trump.

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