One of the areas where Marco Rubio did do well in last night’s debate was when he attacked Hillary Clinton on the issue of abortion, going as far as to say she supports it up until the due date of the baby.
Clinton’s campaign said last night that the “due date” comment was not true, but they were vague on what exact restrictions she would support in the late third trimester:
Her campaign pointed NBC News to remarks she made during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”
“I’ve said that there can be restrictions in the very end of the third trimester, but they have to take into account the life and health of the mother,” Clinton said on “Meet the Press” in September.
“My husband vetoed a very restrictive legislation on late-term abortions, and he vetoed it at an event in the White House where we invited a lot of women who had faced this very difficult decision, that ought to be made based on their own conscience, their family, their faith, in consultation with doctors. Those stories left a searing impression on me,” she continued.
Clinton was asked about it this morning and called Rubio’s comments “pathetic” and used to “buttress his credentials,” but still avoided any specifics:
She had trouble on ABC’s “This Week” as well:
Here’s her full answer when George Stephanopoulos asked, “But are there anyrestrictions you would accept on late-term abortions?”
CLINTON: Well, you know, I’ve been on the record on this for a long time. You know, I think that the life and health of the mother, obviously, rape and incest, have to be always taken into account. And, you know, when he raises the, you know, very, very difficult issue of late-term abortion, he conveniently overlooks the fact that there are medical reasons, there are health-related reasons.
I’ve met women who have had to face this excruciating choice. This is not something that anyone that I’ve ever met with enters into without the deepest thought, the most careful consideration.
And I remember at an event back in the ’90s, where, you know, we sat and talked with some of the women who had to make a very hard decision.
You know, it’s — it’s just so unfortunate that politicians like Senator Rubio are trying to politicize these kinds of very difficult concerns.