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01/28/2014 08:14 pm ET | Updated Jan 28, 2014

Claire McCaskill Infuriated By Rand Paul's Remarks: He's 'Trying To Show That He Can Be Tough'

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) denounced Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) recent comments on former President Bill Clinton's “predatory behavior” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, calling the Kentucky senator’s remarks “infuriating.”

“I think I can speak for most women to say what I found what he said infuriating,” McCaskill told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday.

Paul accused media outlets of giving “President Clinton a pass” on taking “advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office” during NBC's “Meet the Press" on Sunday. But he also added that the issue is relevant to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's possible 2016 presidential run because “sometimes it’s hard to separate one from the other.”

“I think most women understand that they should not be held accountable for the behaviors of their husbands," McCaskill said. "I think Rand Paul is grasping, trying to show that he can be tough and win the presidential nomination."

McCaskill herself came under fire in 2006 when she said Clinton had “been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him." She quickly regretted the remark and phoned Clinton to apologize.

The Missouri senator, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for 2016, also criticized Paul and his Republican colleagues for dismissing the “war on women.”

"It was a political posturing and, frankly ... what Rand Paul doesn't get is that women don't want to be marginalized in the workplace, that we are not yet at the point we need to be in terms of our country and around the world," McCaskill said.

“The more Republicans keep talking about how somehow they’ve got it all figured out about women, the more trouble they get in,” McCaskill added.

(h/t Politico)

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