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01/28/2016 11:26 pm ET

Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton Can't Be A Crusader For Women's Rights Because Of Her Husband

"The thing is, she can't be a champion of women's rights at the same time she's got this that is always lurking out there, this type of behavior."

Rand Paul said it is hypocritical for Hillary Clinton to push for women's rights because of her husband Bill Clinton's past sexual transgressions.

The Kentucky senator said during Thursday's GOP debate that if a CEO had been found guilty of similar inappropriate behavior, he would be fired, shunned and never hired again. While he said he didn't hold the Democratic candidate responsible, Paul said the former president's actions weakened Hillary Clinton's credibility.

"The thing is, she can't be a champion of women's rights at the same time she's got this that is always lurking out there, this type of behavior. So it is difficult," Paul said.

Katha Pollitt, a columnist at The Nation, noted the contradictions in the kind of thinking Paul used in a New York Times op-ed earlier this week.

"Blaming the wife for the husband’s dalliances is an old old story, of course, which is being given a faux-feminist gloss today," Pollitt wrote. "Now women who make the best of an imperfect marriage are not only still held to account for their husband's behavior -- that Hillary is a frigid harridan is still a popular theme on social media -- they are blamed as co-conspirators or doormats for not walking out the door. And they're called bad feminists for not embracing his other women."

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