What They're Saying About Clinton 2016
Rand Paul, John Kerry, et al weigh in ahead of announcement
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2015 11:05 AM CDT
Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at a rally Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

(Newser) – After breathless years of speculation, Hillary Clinton will allegedly make her blessed announcement today, and rivals, potential rivals, and also-rans took to the airwaves to let their opinions be known on what they thought of Hillary for President 2.0. A look around your Sunday talk show dial, per the Washington Post and the Hill:

  • Rand Paul: "I think Benghazi was a 3am phone call that she never picked up. She didn't provide the security—not just that day, for nine months. Dozens and dozens of requests for more security, all completely ignored by Hillary Clinton. ... I do think that there is sort of a history of the Clintons sort of feeling like they're above the law. "

  • Would-be rival Lincoln Chafee: "What kind of accomplishments did you have? There were precious few (as secretary of state)." Further, Clinton blew it by voting to go to war in Iraq. "There was an age of lasting peace ahead of us if we made good decisions, particularly after Sept. 11. She didn't do her homework, and we live with the ramifications today. If you show lack of judgment, lack of doing your homework then, what can we expect in the future? It's a big motivator for why I'm running."
  • John Kerry: "Secretary of State Clinton did a terrific job of rebuilding alliances that had been shredded over the course of the prior years,” including "the beginning of the effort with Iran. I wish her well in this race and I look forward to being able to stay well away from it."
  • Mitt Romney: “You’ve seen in polls and discussions across the country the feeling that Hillary Clinton just isn’t trustworthy. That’s made people remember that with the Clintons it’s always something. She’s a creature of Washington. She’s been there a long time … I think people want to see change. They want to see something new, and Hillary Clinton just is not that person.”