Hillary Clinton told reporters in New Hampshire today that Donald Trump’s comments about Megyn Kelly were “offensive” and “outrageous,” but asserted that Marco Rubio’s bad, too.
“They should be going after him. The Republican Party’s going to have to deal with him,” she said of Trump, adding it’s a reminder that “what they say about women — not one woman, who is perfectly capable and incredibly impressive, able to take care of herself — but all these women that I have fought for, worked for, stood up for, advocated for, and want to be a president for who may not have the opportunity to defend themselves, who may lose the right to exercise a personal choice if certain of the Republicans were to be successful.”
“I don’t want that forgotten,” Clinton added emphatically. “So yes, I know it makes great TV, I think the guy went way overboard — offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective — but what Marco Rubio said has as much of an impact as far as where the Republican Party is today as anybody else on that stage. And it is deeply troubling and it should be to the press, not just to those of us who have been doing this work for so long.”
Kelly asked the Florida senator at Thursday night’s debate: “If you believe that life begins at conception, as you say you do, how do you justify ending a life just because it begins violently, through no fault of the baby?… You don’t favor a rape and incest exception?”
“I have never said that. And I have never advocated that. What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States,” Rubio replied. “And let me go further. I believe that every single human being is entitled to the protection of our laws, whether they can vote or not. Whether they can speak or not. Whether they can hire a lawyer or not. Whether they have a birth certificate or not. And I think future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave them a chance to live.”
Clinton was also asked today about Trump’s debate statement about her history as a wedding guest: “I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding,” Trump said. “You know why? She had no choice, because I gave.”
She laughed and threw up her hands at the answer. “It’s all entertainment. You know, I think he’s having the time of his life, getting up on that stage, saying whatever he wants to say, getting people excited, both for and against him.
“I didn’t know him that well,” Clinton added. “I mean, I knew him, and I happened to be in Florida and thought it would be fun to go to his wedding because it’s always entertaining. And now that he’s running for president, it’s a little more troubling.”
UPDATE: Rubio responds in a statement: “Hillary Clinton supports abortion even at the stage when an unborn child can feel pain; she has defended partial birth abortions as a ‘fundamental right;’ she opposes requiring parents to be notified that their minor daughter is having an abortion; she supports funding Planned Parenthood even after they have been exposed for their role in selling the organs of unborn children; and she supports using taxpayer money to pay for abortions overseas. Hillary Clinton holds radical views on abortion that we look forward to exposing in the months to come.”