Fox News host Neil Cavuto has slammed Sen. Rand Paul for his "condescending swipe" at Hillary Clinton over whether she's too old for the "rigorous physical ordeal" of a presidential campaign.
Cavuto said the Republican Kentucky senator had done more damage with his "cheap shots" than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did when he shouted at a heckler to "shut up," according to Mediaite.
During an interview with Politico this month, Paul had claimed
that Clinton's age, 67, could be a factor in her campaign if she runs.
"I think all the polls show if she does run, she'll win the Democrat nomination," said Paul, 51. "But I don't think it's for certain. It's a very taxing undertaking to go through. It's a rigorous physical ordeal, I think, to be able to campaign for the presidency."
Calling it "nonsense," Cavuto fired back Tuesday at Paul, who has yet to announce whether he plans a presidential bid.
"So what are you saying then, Senator, that Hillary would be too old because she would be 69 on Inauguration Day?" Cavuto said during a broadcast. "Maybe I missed it, but did you say the same about Ronald Reagan when he was running? He was also 69 on Inauguration Day. He seemed to turn out OK.
"So did Winston Churchill. He was 66 when he became prime minister of England, through its darkest hours, despite his age. So what in the world are you getting at, Senator?
And why does it seem you are only getting at it with Hillary Clinton?"
"So are you going after Hillary Clinton because she's a Democrat or a woman, or both?
Either way you have done more damage with that condescending swipe than Chris Christie could shaking 1,000 ice cream cones in critics' faces."
Cavuto added that Paul should feel free to attack Clinton on her record as secretary of state when she was in her 60s.
"But I think it's fair to say that Clinton was up to the rigors of the job and then some," he said, while noting she had logged record miles for any secretary of state in U.S. history.
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