Jan 25, 2013
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul firmly staked out his place as a conservative firebrand this week, igniting the blogosphere and cable news punditry with his feisty interrogation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Wednesday’s Senate hearing on Benghazi.
The exchange — in which he told Clinton he would have “fired her” if he were president — was eyebrow-raising, but not particularly surprising. In recent weeks, Paul has made a habit of inflaming political passions, part of a calculated effort to boost the Kentucky Senator’s national profile in advance of a possible 2016 presidential bid. Check out Paul’s activities in the last month alone:
• He took a tour of Israel with 40 evangelical leaders, including several from Iowa and South Carolina, two key early voting states.
• He accused President Barack Obama of acting like a “king” by issuing executive orders to curb gun violence, and told off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his criticism of the NRA. (He also chided Christie for throwing a “tantrum” over Hurricane Sandy relief aid.)
• He spent Inauguration Day in South Carolina, where he spoke to the Charleston Meeting, a exclusive conservative confab in the first-in-South primary state. At that meeting, he accused House Republicans of “retreating” on the debt ceiling.
• After grilling Clinton Wednesday, he emailed supporters a video of his questioning with the subject line: “Had I Been President I Would Have Relieved Clinton Of Her Duties”
This article was posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6:27 am