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Aug 10, 2015 11:37 PM

Steinhauser: Clinton speaks out on Trump, Planned Parenthood

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EXETER – Hillary Clinton is targeting Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, and the three Republican members of the state Executive Council.

Speaking to reporters Monday after unveiling her college affordability plan, Clinton brought up Trump’s personal attacks on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that many people interpreted as a reference to her menstrual cycle. Trump’s controversial comments on Friday night came one day after Kelly, who was one of the moderators at Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate, asked the frontrunner for the GOP nomination about his offensive language towards women.

“I said it was offensive. I said it was outrageous. I stand by that. I think more people should say the same. They should be going after him. The Republican party is going to have to deal with him,” Clinton said.

“I know it makes great TV. I think the guy went way overboard. Offensive. Outrage. Pick your adjective,” she added.

But Clinton also fired away at another Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who during the debate in Cleveland firmly stood by his belief that there should be no exceptions for abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.

“When of their major candidates, a much younger man, the senator from Florida, says there should be no exceptions for rape and incest, that is as offensive and as troubling a comment as you can hear from a major candidate running for the presidency,” Clinton said.

“What Marco Rubio said has as much of an impact in terms of where the Republican Party is today as anybody else on that stage and it is deeply troubling,” she added.

And Clinton took aim at the entire GOP presidential field, saying “what the rest of the Republicans are saying about all women is also outrageous. They brag about slashing women’s health care funding. They say they would force women who’ve been raped to carry their rapist’s child and we don’t hear any of them supporting raising the minimum wage, paid leave for new parents, access to quality childcare, equal pay for women, or anything else that will help give women a chance to go ahead.”

Clinton also brought up last Wednesday’s 3-2 vote by the Executive Council to defund Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire. The three votes came from the three Republican members of the council, Chris Sununu, David Wheeler, and Joseph Kenney. Sununu, who voted in favor of the Planned Parenthood contract in the past, was the swing vote.

“I want to add my voice to all those who’ve expressed outrage and disappointment about the decision last week by the executive council to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire,” Clinton said. “It shows yet again why we need more leaders like Gov. Hassan and Sen. Shaheen who are willing to stand up for women and just how out of touch and out of date Republican leaders are,” Clinton said.

Asked about the criticism by some New Hampshire Democrats directed at the Democratic National Committee over their decision to hold just six presidential nomination debates this cycle, with just one being held in the Granite State, Clinton said “I’m looking forward to debating first my friends and colleagues in the Democratic side and then finally having a chance to debate the Republicans about whatever their nominee has to say. I’m going to show up for the debates as they are scheduled and I look forward to having a robust good opportunity to exchange views with my fellow candidates.”

“I’m not going to get into scheduling. I’m just going to show up, and when I’m told to show up I’ll be there and look forward to it,” Clinton added.

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