Paul defended comments made by his wife in a 2013 Vogue interview, where she said that Clinton's past behavior could hurt Hillary Clinton if she ran for president.
“I would say his behavior was predatory, offensive to women,” Kelley Paul was quoted as saying.
Addressing Democratic criticisms that GOP policies on health and the economy amounted to a “War on Women,” Rand Paul pointed to Clinton's behavior and said the media had given the former president a pass.
“I mean, the Democrats, one of their big issues is they have concocted and said Republicans are committing a war on women. One of the workplace laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn't prey on young interns in their office,” he said, defending his wife’s comments.
“I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior, and it should be something we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office,” Paul added.
“This isn't having an affair. I mean, this isn't me saying, ‘Oh, he's had an affair, we shouldn't talk to him.’ Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say, ‘Republicans are having a war on women?’ ”
Paul said that affair was “not Hillary’s fault” but is “a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history.”
Asked if Hillary Clinton should be judged on her husband's behavior if she enters the 2016 race, Paul said “no.”
“I'm not saying that. This is with regard to the Clintons, and sometimes it's hard to separate one from the other. But I would say that, with regard to his place in history, that it certainly is a discussion,” said Paul.
He added that voters in his home state would be critical of Bill Clinton’s behavior.
“In my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that,” said Paul. “You know, if there were someone in my community who did that, they would be socially -- we would dissociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young women in the workplace.”
Polls show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the Democratic frontrunner if she runs.
In a separate interview on "Meet the Press," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., defended Hillary Clinton and said she should be judged on her own merits.
“Hillary Clinton has established her own reputation, her own name, and her own basis for running for president, should she choose to do it,” said Durbin. “The issues that were raised by my colleague, Sen. Paul, have been litigated in the public square for over a decade.
“For goodness' sake, let's judge Hillary Clinton based on her talents and her vision of America, should she choose to run for president,” he added.
Durbin said Bill Clinton had already “paid a heavy price” for the scandal, noting his impeachment trial.