US Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul addresses the 2015 Conservative Policy Summit at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Jan. 13, 2015.
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Rand Paul mocks Hillary Clinton with parody Pinterest page

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sen. Rand Paul is having some pointed fun at Hillary Clinton’s expense.

The Kentucky senator tweeted out a link Saturday to a parody Pinterest page that uses some tired anti-Hillary tropes to lampoon the potential Democratic presidential nominee.

“Hillary Clinton’s new Valentine’s Day Pinterest board is worth a look,” wrote Paul. “Check it out and please RT!”

The Pinterest page, which uses the same profile image as Clinton’s genuine Twitter account, includes pictures on themes that figure to be prominent Republican attack lines should Clinton pursue the 2016 Democratic nomination for president: among them Clinton’s ties to President Obama; anxiety over the prospect of Bill Clinton’s return to the White House; and of course, Benghazi.

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The stunt may seem light-hearted, but it has a serious intent: to bolster Paul’s brand as a tech-savvy Republican who can appeal to young voters; to keep him in the spotlight as other potential GOP candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker threaten to eclipse him; and to court conservatives by going after a perennial favorite target of the right.

It isn’t the first time Paul has taken to social media to mock the former first lady. After last November’s midterms, he sent out a series of tweets that used the hashtag #HillarysLosers and showed pictures of Clinton appearing with Democratic Senate candidates who’d just been defeated.

A spokesman for Paul didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the Pinterest page.