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Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a 'war hawk'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.

Paul is a leading anti-interventionist in the GOP and is considering running for president. Last year he opposed President Barack Obama's call for military action in Syria.

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Paul predicted a "transformational election" if the Democrats nominate "a war hawk like Hillary Clinton."

"I think that's what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there's gonna be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, 'You know what? We are tired of war,'" Paul said. "We're worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she's so gung-ho."

As a senator in 2002, Clinton voted in favor of giving President George W. Bush the broad authority to invade Iraq. She has said over the years that she regrets that vote, and in her new book "Hard Choices" wrote that "I wasn't alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple."

On the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Paul said he found the war-like images disturbing.

"When I see things like that, and I see, like, a warzone, and I see bazookas and tanks and all of this stuff in American city, it offends me, because many of these people, some are rioting, and they need to be arrested," he said. "If you're committing a crime, arrest people. But if you're standing up, and you wanna voice dissent, you know, it is really what America is about, is being able to dissent."

Paul also suggested that race might not be a factor in the events in Ferguson and linked the unrest to the war on drugs.

"Let's say you're African-American and you live there, let's say none of this has to do with race. It might not, but the belief - if you're African-American and you live in Ferguson, the belief is, you see people in prison and they're mostly black and brown, that somehow it is racial, even if the thoughts that were going on at that time had nothing to do with race.

"So it's a very good chance that had this had nothing to do with race, but because of all of the arrest and the way people were arrested, that everybody perceives it as, 'My goodness, the police are out to get us,' you know? And so that's why you have to change the whole war on drugs. It's not just this one instance."

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tjinam August 24 2014 at 9:50 AM

Is this idiot serious? The GOP is the on-going war machine; always was and always will be. It thrives on war and the money its proponents make on it. Get real, Rand Paul.

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jwt2469 August 24 2014 at 9:46 AM

Is this guy looney tunes or on drugs. And he wants to be president

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Don Bryan August 24 2014 at 10:03 AM

You Must be Talking About your Good Buddy John McCain who loves war and Yes it was your party (R) wanted to Bush wars Full of BS Lies.

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joseph oliver August 24 2014 at 9:51 AM

This guy is off his rocker. Would anybody in his/her right mind even consider voting for him? He's an anarchist and the concept of law and order is alien for him. What's even worst he's a wolf in sheep clothes. To add insult to injury he claims to be a Republican!

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samagni August 24 2014 at 10:10 AM

This guy is a joke. He should go back to practicing medicine. He is unfit to run for U.S. presidency and will be a disaster for our great country!

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lorax2013 August 24 2014 at 12:37 PM

Wow, worst set of comments ever. Half are still trapped in the "dem/repub" paradigm and blaming repubs for war and the other half are frightened of the terrorists which never existed before the Establishment decided to create a new enemy to replace the USSR. Oh well, ignore Rand like you did his father and keep whining as the US and your economic options circle the drain. At least a few million have woken up and moved on thanks to the Pauls. At this point if you are still asleep it is a bit late, but go ahead and keep blaming others and pretending your complaints amount to action.

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gholdpuhr August 24 2014 at 10:34 AM

Hillary is a war criminal an Rand is right about that!
Let alone the fact she's a big liar and was involved in all types of scandals!

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arnoldhoneybrown August 24 2014 at 3:09 PM

Rand Paul an his dad are worse an more dangerous than Obama, Hillary , Bush , even Carter than any single other person in the GOP . He is one of several trying his best to high jack the GOP . If he has anything to do with it, the Rich will get richer an this country military won't be able to defeat a sand lot ball team . He is a very very dangerous person !!

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whscms arnoldhoneybrown August 25 2014 at 9:18 AM

the TPers have already hijacked it with their childish nonsense

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dsh1007155 August 24 2014 at 1:35 PM

Clinton was a strong supporter of the Palestinians before politics. Now, realizing you must display blind support for Israel to have any political future in our country, she "changes" her mind.

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snakedoctor dsh1007155 August 24 2014 at 6:17 PM

People change their minds all the time. Haven't you???

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Alaf Khan dsh1007155 August 24 2014 at 11:21 PM

You are hundred percent right. Clinton is a turncoat like Bill Clinton. One day one Policy another term another depending on who is paying to keep their lifestyles. No thanks no Clinton or Bush ever. We need anybody but them!

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elobel1044 August 24 2014 at 7:08 PM

If Hillary Clinton is a war hawk, then randal paul is a lying hawk because he lies about everything he says. He lies about his being board certified to do eye surgery in Kentucky (he is not) He lies about it being President Obama's fault for the influx of children from Central America (It was GW Bush and the republicans who re-wrote the law in 2008 and if randal was around then, he would have voted for this bill in a heat beat,) he has plagiarized several speeches and and speeches and just thinks nothing of it, but when a Democratic senator does it he has to resign. Randal paul know nothing about foreign affairs and if he was 1/100th as smart as he thinks he is he would simply keep his mouth shut! He is giving the other idiot running for president rick perry a run for his money in becoming the male version of sarah palin!

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