Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) continued to criticize Bill Clinton on Tuesday as the former president swung through the Bluegrass State to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
“I think the Democrats mistake Bill Clinton’s popularity,” Paul told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “We have a lot of conservative Democrats in our state who go to church each week and really don’t approve of his behavior, what he’s done with women, with sexual harassment in the workplace. A lot of Democrats in our state don’t approve of that kind of behavior.”
Cable news hosts have been asking Paul about Clinton ever since he began criticizing Democrats for claiming to support both women’s rights and the former president, whom Paul says exhibited “predatory behavior” toward women while office. He previously said Democrats should return money they raised with Clinton’s help.
“It is a little hard to escape the association and that he’s a fundraiser,” Paul told Hannity. “And I personally think Alison Grimes in our state who is running for Senate – I would return any money that was associated with Bill Clinton because I think he’s a bad role model for the workplace, for women’s rights, for all of that. And I think frankly they ought to be a little embarrassed to be associated or being seen with him.”
While stumping Tuesday for Grimes, Clinton slammed Republicans, including her challenger Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for moping about the fact that they don’t control the White House.
“The other choice is to just pout if your party is not in the White House and make as many problems as you can, stop anything good from happening and if you can’t stop it at least bad mouth it and then when life being what it is and all of us being imperfect as we are, when there’s a problem do everything you can to make sure the problem is never fixed,” he said.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.