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Could Monica Lewinsky hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential run?

Posted by Lara Salahi  January 27, 2014 10:10 AM

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Monica Lewinsky is probably a hatchet in the Clinton's relationship that they'd just like to bury. But chances are her name will continue to reemerge should Hillary Clinton decide to run for president, so she better be ready.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Kentucky's Republican Senator Paul Rand defended his wife's comment to "Vogue" magazine stating that Bill Clinton's affair as president with then White House intern Monica Lewinsky was "predatory, offensive to women."

"Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky should complicate his return to the White House, even as first spouse," she told "Vogue."


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Paul told "Meet the Press" anchor David Gregory Sunday that the general view of his party as one that is out of touch with women's issues is unfair. He then reminded the public about the last Democrats' president and allegations made by women against him. Paul alluded to Monica Lewinsky in his discussion with Gregory, but did not mention her by name.

"One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office. And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this," Paul said.

When asked by Gregory whether the Clinton-Lewinsky affair is considered fair game to discuss should Hillary Clinton seek nomination, and whether she should be judged based on the event, Paul said yes.

"Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say, 'Republicans are having a war on women'? So, yes, I think it's a factor. Now, it's not Hillary's fault," Paul said.

You know, if there were someone in my community who did that, they would be socially -- we would dissociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young women in the workplace," Paul continued.

Should Monica Lewinsky be an issue should Hillary Clinton seek nomination in 2016?

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