Rand Paul Laser-Focused on Hillary Clinton for Some Reason

One guess why.


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In the wake of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's victory over challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, Rand Paul—who attended McConnell's victory rally—had just one name on his mind: Hillary Clinton.

Fox News asked Paul about the win; Paul framed the election as a referendum, not just on Obama, but also on Clinton, who actively campaigned on behalf of Grimes and Democratic candidates in other states. According to Mediaite:

"Mrs. Grimes ran as a Clinton Democrat," said Paul. "She tried to disassociate herself with President Obama, so she tried to attach herself to Hillary Clinton, but it turns out Hillary Clinton doesn't have many coattails in Kentucky.

Later in the interview, Paul repeated this line of thinking, saying the GOP wins are a "repudiation basically of the president's policies but also Hillary Clinton." While he said people were trying to say that Hillary and Bill Clinton are "somehow better for Democrats" than Obama is, in Kentucky, "they were soundly rejected."

Eventually, Bret Baier couldn't help but point out that Paul was taking every possible opportunity to trash Clinton, his most likely opponent in the 2016 presidential race were he to win the Republican nomination.

In other words, if anyone is still on the fence about whether Paul is going to run for president: He is going to run for president.

As I have noted previously, a Paul vs. Clinton showdown would invert some the traditional Republican and Democratic Party positions on civil liberties, foreign policy, and drug policy. That is undeniably exciting for libertarians.