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Democrats, 2-1, also say Hillary Clinton is a war 'hawk'

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Sen. Rand Paul isn’t the only one calling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a war hawk.

Democrats in the latest Economist/YouGov.com poll also believe she’d pull the trigger of the military faster than President Obama.

Asked if she is a hawk or dove, 45 percent of Democrats polled called her a hawk and 21 percent a peacenik.

And of Democrats who believe that Clinton would have done a better job with the Syria crisis had she been president, 57 percent called her a hawk.

“Democrats in general are more likely to describe Clinton as a hawk than is the public overall, and twice as likely as Republicans to believe that,” said the poll. Overall, Americans were split in the poll, with 33 percent calling her a hawk and 30 percent a dove.

On Sunday, Paul said that Democrats fret over Clinton’s pro-military leanings. On “Meet the Press,” he called her a “war hawk,” and said, “I think that's what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there's gonna be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, `You know what? We are tired of war.”

He added, “We're worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she's so gung-ho.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.