In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press” on Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called Hillary Clinton a “war hawk” and said her “gung-ho” stance on national defense will hurt her chances for the White House in 2016.

“There's going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what, we are tired of war. We're worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she's so gung-ho,’” Paul said.

“If you want to see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton, and you'll see a transformation like you've never seen.”

On today’s “America’s Newsroom,” Fox News contributors Ed Rollins and Joe Trippi reacted to these surprising comments from Paul.

Rollins said Paul's statements don't make sense sense politically, as a less aggressive stance on national defense might help him win a general election against a candidate like Clinton, but it will not help him in the Republican primary.

Rollins explained that to win a very difficult primary and emerge as the Republican candidate, Paul will likely have to be very tough on terrorism and high on defense spending.

Trippi agreed with Rollins' assessment and couldn't see how this positioning would help Paul secure the Republican nomination. Even if Paul were to run as an independent, Trippi said, he would risk splitting up the libertarian and conservative wings of the Republican party.

Rollins said, contrary to Paul's comments, defense spending and the strength of the U.S. military will be key issues for the Republican party in the upcoming election.

Watch the clip above.


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