Rand Paul: 'If There Was a War on Women, I Think They Won'

By Susan Jones | January 27, 2014 | 8:50 AM EST

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - A war on women? Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says a lot of debates in Washington "get dumbed down and used for political purposes," including the accusation by Democrats that Republicans are on the wrong side of issue that concern some women.

"This whole sort of war on women thing, I'm scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won," he told NBC's "Meet the Press" with David Gregory on Sunday.

"You know, I don't see so much that women are downtrodden; I see women rising up and doing great things. And in fact, I worry about our young men sometimes because I think that women really are out-competing the men in our world."

Paul mentioned that the women in his family are "incredibly successful," including his niece at Cornell veterinary school, where "85 percent of the young people there are women. Sixty percent of young people in law school are women, and 55 percent in medical school are women. "My younger sister is an OB-GYN with six kids and doing great," he added.

He also said women are the "the leading intellectual lights" in his Senate office.

"So I don't really see this, that there is some sort of war that's, you know, keeping women down. I see women doing great, and I think we should extol that success and not dumb it down into a political campaign that somehow, one party doesn't like women or that. I think that's what's happened. It's all been for political purposes."

Asked if Bill Clinton's extra-marital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky should be a factor in Hillary Clinton's possible presidential campaign, Paul said he agrees with laws and rules that say bosses shouldn't prey on office interns.

"And I think really the media seems to be -- 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 -- it should be something -- we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office.

"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? So yes, I think it's a factor. Now, it's not Hillary's fault --but it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history."

"But is it something that Hillary Clinton should be judged on if she were a candidate in 2016?" Gregory asked.

"No, I'm not -- I'm not saying that. This was 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. Now, I think in my state, you know, people tend to sort of frown upon that. We wouldn't be -- you know, if there was someone in my community who did that, they would be socially -- we would disassociate from somebody who would take advantage of a young woman in the -- in the workplace."