Sen. Rand Paul: Benghazi should preclude Hillary Clinton from presidency

Sen. Rand Paul to Citadel cadets: Benghazi ‘Should preclude Hillary Clinton’ from presidency

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A possible presidential candidate creating buzz in the national spotlight spoke at the Citadel Tuesday.

The speech by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) made it appear as if his campaign has already begun.

Sen. Paul hasn't said whether or not he's running for president, but he's already hitting hard at a possible opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

During the speech in front of a packed house of cadets, Paul focused on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya when a U.S. Ambassador and diplomats were killed near the end of Clinton's term.

"Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again," said Paul while addressing the Corps of Cadets.

Paul's comment was followed by applause. He touched on important topics during the event known as the Greater Issues Series.

"You will fight the wars, but we have to make decisions about whether we go to war," said Paul to the audience.

The junior Senator shared ideas with cadets he believes could help shape their futures if they decide to join the armed services.

Paul said, "We owe you something that I think is sometimes lacking in Washington. We owe you a full and proper consideration of the pros and cons of war."

Senator Paul also focused on how our government interacts with other countries.

Paul said, "How does sending foreign aid to Egypt, to Syria, to Pakistan help our international security? We do ourselves no favors when we aid our enemies, when we aid the enemies of freedom around the world."

Paul says countries that burn our flag should not get any help from the United States. The cadets showed their approval with applause.

A few cadets got the chance to step to the microphone with their own questions.

A cadet from the college's Libertarian Society asked, "What is the number one issue facing America in the coming years and how can the Republican Party combat this issue?"

Paul said, "There aren't enough jobs because of this burden of debt."

With all the buzz surrounding the 50-year-old, this time next year the nation will know whether or not he's going to run for president, just as his father, Ron Paul did three times before.

In the past two weeks Senator Rand Paul has faced allegations of plagiarizing information used in some of his speeches.

According to CBS, the sources include Wikipedia and an article from the Associated Press.

Paul eventually took responsibility telling CNN things do go out under his name, but he didn't intentionally present anyone's ideas as his own.

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