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Marco Rubio blasts Hillary Clinton’s remarks about his pro-life stance

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Marco Rubio’s performance at last week’s debate apparently garnered the attention of Hillary Clinton — or at least his comments on abortion have in the past few days.

The Democratic front-runner for president in 2016 spoke to reporters in Exeter, N.H., today, and used the occasion to rip into Rubio for his view that there should be no exceptions when it comes to aborting a fetus, even if it was conceived via rape or incest.

“When one 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 on Monday, after criticizing Donald Trump for his comments regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that dominated the news cycle this weekend. “So the language may be more colorful and more offensive, but the thinking, the attitude toward women is very much the same. It is just delivered in a different package,” she said.

Hours later, Team Rubio fired back.

“Hillary Clinton supports abortion even at the stage when an unborn child can feel pain,” began a statement from the campaign. “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.”

Rubio has often mentioned and criticized Clinton on the campaign trail, seemingly always to emphasize his youth vs. her age — he’s 44, she’s 67.

But Rubio admitted during last Thursday night’s debate in Cleveland that Clinton had more experience than him.

“If this election is a resume competition then Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president,” he admitted.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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