Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) elaborated Wednesday on earlier remarks regarding former President Bill Clinton’s "predatory behavior," characterizing the Democrat as a "serial philanderer" during an interview on CBS "This Morning."
His original comment on Sunday's "Meet the Press" was in response to a question about a Vogue interview of Paul and his wife Kelley, in which she advised voters to be wary of a potential 2016 Hillary Clinton bid that would result in a "predatory" Bill Clinton as "first gentleman."
"For all these people who stand up for Bill Clinton and say he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, he was a serial philanderer," the senator said on Wednesday.
Paul said he was "not so sure" what the former president’s improprieties had to do with a potential Hillary Clinton bid, but added, "I mean, like I said, it's hard to separate them."
"She's had to tolerate the same sort of problems from him, you know, I guess, over time," Paul said. "[I]t's more a question of the entire Democratic party who says there's a war on women and that somehow the other party's committing this and yet they support and defend a guy who, really, in the workplace was doing something that was inexcusable, should not be tolerated."
The tea party darling also expanded on the larger discussion of the "war on women," which he dismissed as a "trumped up" Democratic delusion during CNN’s "State Of The Union" on Sunday.
"In fact, I worry about our young men sometimes, because I think the women really are outcompeting men in our world," Paul told CNN.
Women today compose roughly half of the American workforce and earn more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women still make 23 percent less than men, with full-time female workers making 77 cents for every dollar earned by men across every occupation. Paul brought the conversation back to Clinton when discussing women in the workplace, alluding to the then-president's infamous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
"There's been a lot of talk of a war on women and I am very concerned ... that women be treated equally and fairly in the workplace, and one of the worst things that can happen is if your boss takes advantage of you in the workplace," Paul said on Wednesday. "Many of the Democrats today still defend [Bill Clinton] and think he's the greatest thing. But he was a person who took advantage of a young girl in the workplace and I think that's inexcusable and that kind of war on women should end."
Paul, who is considering a 2016 run for the White House, opposed the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2010, both aimed at ensuring equal pay for women in the workforce. He also voted against taking up the Violence Against Women Act last February.
"The minute you set up a fairness czar to determine what wages are, you give away freedom," Paul told reporters in 2012, explaining his opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act. "When you give that power to someone to make decisions, they may well discriminate in favor of whoever they want to discriminate in favor of. The market just makes decisions on your ability to do your job."