ABC News(NASHUA, N.H.) — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke about the need of a strong national defense while attacking Hillary Clinton’s actions in a speech on Saturday.
Paul was among the many Republican presidential hopefuls in Nashua, New Hampshire over the weekend to speak to voters at the GOP Leadership Summit.
The presidential candidate spoke Saturday morning about what it will take for the Republicans to win back the White House, saying his party needs to stand up for civil liberties and that the number one priority of the federal government is national defense.
“The president won’t name the enemy but I will. It’s radical Islam. Until we name it we can’t defeat them and I can tell you this, that if I’m ever the commander in chief, I will do everything it takes to stop and defend the country against radical Islam,” Paul said.
The presidential candidate also criticized members of his own party for being too quick to get involved in conflicts abroad, saying that we need to think before we get involved.
“In fact if you can say one thing that is probably true in the Middle East, every time we’ve toppled a secular dictator, a secular strong man, we’ve gotten chaos and the rise of radical Islam,” he said.
He also attacked Hillary Clinton’s actions in Benghazi, Libya while she was Secretary of State, saying she completely ignored countless requests for more staffing ahead of the deadly attack in September 2012.
“I think that her dereliction of duty, her not doing her job, her not providing security for our forces, for our diplomatic missions, should forever preclude her from holding higher office, applause,” he said.
Paul added that Clinton’s actions of not providing security there, should “forever preclude her from holding higher office.”
“To win these purple states that aren’t so easy anymore I think we need to be the party that defends the entire Bill of Rights,” he said.
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