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Clinton Likens GOP's Views on Women to Those of Terrorists

CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out-of-date" policies.

"Now extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world," Clinton said.

"But it's a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States, yet they espouse out-of-date and out-of-touch policies," she added at a rally with 2,800 people in Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University. "They are dead wrong for 21st century America."

In her remarks, she did not mention any specific terrorist or militant groups, such as the Islamic State, which has held women as sex slaves in Iraq and Syria. Republicans swiftly accused the Democratic presidential front-runner of directly comparing the Republican presidential field to terrorists.

"For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Allison Moore. "She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush responded on Twitter: .@HillaryClinton compares pro-life Americans to terrorists, but defends despicable PP treatment of unborn? Her priorities are totally wrong. Bush was referring to Planned Parenthood.

Clinton has defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists that show officials discussing how the organization sometimes provides fetal tissue to medical researchers.

The videos have prompted investigations by congressional committees and Republicans in Congress, and several states have sought to block government payments to the group.

Clinton, seeking to become the first woman to win the White House, said she took it "a little personal when they go after women," pointing to Republican efforts to cut access to women's health centers and opposition to abortion rights.

She specifically cited Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, saying he "brags about wanting to deny victims of rape and incest access to health care and abortion."

Rubio said during the first Republican presidential debate earlier this month that he had long opposed abortion but disputed the notion from the moderator that he opposed abortion except in the case of rape and incest. He said he had never advocated those exceptions.

In the Senate, Rubio co-sponsored a 2013 bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks and contained a number of exceptions, including cases of rape or incest that have been reported to law enforcement or where the mother's life is at risk.

Clinton also cited Bush's opposition to funding for Planned Parenthood. Bush said at a Colorado town hall this week that Planned Parenthood shouldn't "get a penny" because they weren't involved with women's health issues. Planned Parenthood offers a range of women's health services beyond abortion, including breast exams. He said as governor he expanded women's health programs through community-based organizations.

Clinton also turned her attention to home state Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, telling supporters he had banned state funding for some rape crisis centers because they sometimes referred women to other health facilities that provide abortion services.

As governor, Kasich signed a bill that funded rape crisis centers, but the bill kept the money from facilities that referred patients for abortions. He and fellow Ohio Republicans have imposed other restrictions involving abortions, including prohibiting the procedure in more cases and increasing regulatory hurdles making it harder for abortion providers to continue to operate. Since he took office in 2011, Ohio has seen the number of abortion providers trimmed in half.

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Kasich's campaign shot back a statement, saying: "Ohio and our country deserves better than what Clinton is offering them. Hillary Clinton's trail of scandal is decades long, and only continues to worsen."

The exchanges came as Clinton sought to build support in Ohio, one of the nation's top general election battlegrounds, which Clinton carried in her unsuccessful 2008 primary bid against Barack Obama. Clinton has made issues such as equal pay for women, abortion rights and early childhood education a key part of her campaign this time and the stepped-up rhetoric against Republicans comes as she has battled criticism over her use of a private email address and server as secretary of state, and while Vice President Joe Biden considers a potential presidential campaign.

by Anonymousreply 108/28/2015

She's right. We have known for years that the extreme Repubs and fundies say a lot that is similar to taliban etc.

by Anonymousreply 208/28/2015

"Joe Scarborough Blasts ‘Disgusting’ Hillary Clinton Comments Linking GOP to Terrorists"

Joe Scarborough didn’t mince words on Friday regarding controversial comments Hillary Clinton made linking Republicans to terrorists.

“It was disgusting,” the Morning Joe host said about comments the Democratic frontrunner made on Thursday comparing Republicans to terrorists. “She had to be so hyperbolic and insulting and quite frankly it’s gutter politics at its worst to compare people to radical terrorists who cut off people’s heads.”

The former Secretary of State compared Republican candidates’ “extreme views about women” to terrorists. “It’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be president of the United States,” she said.

Scarborough suggested Clinton’s controversial comments are a deliberate strategy to distract voters from the email controversy swirling around her.

*tee hee* Joe has his panties in a twitter!

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by Anonymousreply 308/28/2015

Joe Scarborough is an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 408/28/2015

Tell me again that there's no difference at all between Clinton and Jeb "Women's health - whatever THAT is" Bush or raging misogynist Donald Trump.

by Anonymousreply 508/28/2015

The worst is that the liberal bubblehead Mika agreed with Scarborough.

by Anonymousreply 608/28/2015

She's so right. The conservative right wing approaches Sharia law. Make no mistake: the GOP HATES women who use their voices, their votes and consider their bodies their own.

If Trump, Bernie & Biden are pushing Hillary left (WHAT a combo!) then she should go there.

by Anonymousreply 708/28/2015

Hillary's a politician. She should know better than to generically say "terrorists." Of course the Republicans were going to make hay out of that and twist it all around, and of course they were going to use it against her. They're the masters of changing the subject.

She'd be better off comparing them to the Taliban, and going line by line comparing the commonalities of the two. People understand how the Taliban treats women.

This is a flub more befitting a freshman politician. She should have known better than to accuse Republicans of being un-American, which is how they're going to take it. They're attacking her from the stance of being wrapped in a confederate flag and a bible.

by Anonymousreply 808/28/2015

[quote] Hillary's a politician.

She's more than just a "politician." She's a former Secretary of State.

More than anyone else, the nation's top diplomat should understand the meaning of "terrorist."

Willie Geist (on Morning Joe) called her "desperate," for making these comments, likening her to the GOP field who are trying to get attention away from Donald Trump.

Hillary should forget about the media and the press and the polls.

Just do your thing, girl. She is the front-runner and the presumptive nominee. There's no need to compete with Trump right now. Wait until next Summer, during the convention and the debates.

She needs to just get her message out right now, without all of the hoopla.

by Anonymousreply 908/28/2015

She exaggerated a bit, but she isn't wrong. Right wingers and muslims are both anti-women.

by Anonymousreply 1008/28/2015

She's correct

by Anonymousreply 1108/28/2015

If one noticed her presentation, Hillary was looking at notes while making her comments. Those statements were deliberate and injected in there by her campaign operatives. In part, it may be an attempt by her campaign operatives to deflect the focus of discussion from her Emails and the server, and to inflame the controversy over issues such as equal pay, abortion rights, and Planned Parenthood, all sensitive topics that endures her to a major segment of her political base. One of the criticisms about Hillary is that she is too scripted, and her appearances and messaged are too controlled. That's sort of ironic, since in the past at times, she was best and came across as more authentic, when she had to respond quickly on her feet, and not showing artificial passion. Trump is the anti-programmed politician, and that's been a large part of his appeal. Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, as some others, seem wound too tight, fearing they'll deviate from what their political advisers and pollsters have told them to say. Hillary's campaign leaders in 2008 contributed to blowing it at that time, by being too cautionary and making huge mistakes in field work.

by Anonymousreply 1208/28/2015

Hah, ha, ha! She used an old Republican trick.

Deliberately plant an idea about your opponent in the minds of a sympathetic electorate, then pretend you made a mistake and apologize. The apology is meaningless. She wanted to get that idea out there and she did. It's a classic move.

She was speaking to democrats and moderate women with a nod and a wink.

by Anonymousreply 1308/28/2015

"In part, it may be an attempt by her campaign operatives to deflect the focus of discussion from her Emails and the server"

Maybe freepers are deflecting the focus onto her emails to get people to stop focusing on the awfulness of their party

by Anonymousreply 1408/28/2015

Republican bullies can dish it out, but cry like babies when somebody fights back, especially a woman.

by Anonymousreply 1508/28/2015

Hillary's brand is "Hit 'em HARD and risk being messy!", so I am totally fine with this. Plus, it's true.

by Anonymousreply 1608/28/2015

Poor "PC" Republicans can't handle the truth.

by Anonymousreply 1708/28/2015

I love how hard r12 works to make it sound sinister somehow that Clinton read from prepared notes, as if there's anything remotely odd about that when it comes to political campaigning. Similarly, r12 sprains her back trying to work the notion in that playing to the Democratic base on a hot button issue is also somehow sinister and meant to deflect from vague and undefined shortcomings on her part.

Bitch, she called out the opposing party and played to her base. It's exactly what she's supposed to be doing right now.

by Anonymousreply 1808/28/2015

It's odd that some fixate on reading notes or teleprompters (in Obama's case) as if it's unheard of. All of them do it.

by Anonymousreply 1908/28/2015

It's a clever move on her part. She makes a comment like this - gets lots of media attention. Her basic message that the Republican Party is not a friend to women is delivered by the media over and over.

There doesn't seem to be a Republican strategy in place to get the votes necessary to win a general election. Which I find comforting.

by Anonymousreply 2008/28/2015

R12 is right about the notes. It isn't just that she had notes, it's how obviously she was reading them and how dispassionately it was delivered. It certainly came off as a talking point that her pollsters decided to throw in after intensive focus groups. Say terrorist, but of course, not *Muslim* terrorists, because you can't say that Muslims are the ones who violate women's rights. And honestly, is being offended by the Planned Parenthood shit really the same thing as holding women as sex slaves, forcing them to wear burqas or endure FGM, and not allowing them to drive or go out without male relatives (and this is the "moderate" countries). That can be argued as minimizing the problems of women in the Muslim world.

I'm not saying the point is wrong or she shouldn't make the point. But she should make the point with some passion and be ready to defend that stance, to not back down. It just comes off so flat, like her advisers told her to sprinkle a little bit of Trump insult-style but making sure not to target any specific politician... or even any specific terrorist group! You might offend someone.

That's not fighting for women; it's just lame.

by Anonymousreply 2108/28/2015

For fuck's sake, r21, she's campaigning for President not acting in a telenovela. Your criticisms are ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 2208/28/2015

Ted Cruz had called President Obama the 'leading financier of terrorism' - Where's the outrage?

Ben Carson says President Barack Obama is a psychopath. - Where's the outrage?

They need to shut the fuck up

by Anonymousreply 2308/28/2015

R18 struggles with finding logic and resorts to name calling. Poor thing needs anger management. Classic sign of being unemployable. And addressing the poster in the feminine intending to try to insult, suggests (its') own biases and fear of women, contrary to the core of Hillary's message. R12 delivered substance.

by Anonymousreply 2408/28/2015

Hillary is scared and getting desperate.

Fifty-four percent of American voters don’t think Hillary Clinton is “honest or trustworthy,” according to a new Quinnipiac University poll

by Anonymousreply 2508/28/2015

She is not wrong.

Conservative Republican views on women and women's rights are very similar to those of ISIS and the Taliban.

And R25 parrots a right-wing talking point... Koch-brothers-funded leading push polls are done, and then the results fed to conservative media in order to disseminate them unquestioningly, so that gullible morons like R25 parrot them as if they were fact. They're not.

You know who is getting scared and desperate? Republicans. That's why they're lying so much, pushing false narratives, and making up fake scandals like Benghazi and the Email bullshit, in an attempt to smear Hillary and tear her down... because they know they can't win on the issues.

by Anonymousreply 2608/28/2015

[quote]Fifty-four percent of American voters don’t think Hillary Clinton is “honest or trustworthy,” according to a new Quinnipiac University poll

And yet she's still beating every Republican and Democrat nationwide. lol

by Anonymousreply 2708/28/2015

She's right.

by Anonymousreply 2808/28/2015

It's not like she's exaggerating. I mean, we all know that dressing like a whore in a conservative small town is just as dangerous as dressing like a whore in front of, say, the Taliban.

by Anonymousreply 2908/28/2015

[quote] Hillary is scared and getting desperate.

LOL. Keep dreaming, Freeper.

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by Anonymousreply 3008/28/2015

Hillary is correct of course. Hilarious to see cons pretend their views aren't the same as terrorists'.

by Anonymousreply 3108/28/2015

Guess Hillary missed the fact that her husband treats women the same way. If she had any self-respect, Hill would have dumped him after the Lewinsky affair.

by Anonymousreply 3208/28/2015

[quote]Guess Hillary missed the fact that her husband treats women the same way.

By restricting their reproductive rights and access to women's health care? Why am I not surprised that a Freeper missed her point.

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by Anonymousreply 3408/28/2015

r24 sounds almost frighteningly crazy. Seriously, it's creepy as hell.

by Anonymousreply 3508/28/2015

Goodness. If this send the GOP into a tizzy, how on earth will they be able to negotiate with real boogeymen like Putin?

This was a pretty shrewd move by Hillary. Forces the rethugs to refute her, which of course, they can't.

by Anonymousreply 3608/28/2015

I had that same Freeper = Taliban thought last week when Huckabee said he wouldn't allow a raped 10 year old to have an abortion.

by Anonymousreply 3708/28/2015

She reworked this from what Warren said on the floor.

by Anonymousreply 3808/28/2015

Maybe she'll now send back the tens of millions The Clinton Foundation received from those women's rights loving Saudis.

She sucks.

by Anonymousreply 3908/28/2015

She's right.

by Anonymousreply 4008/29/2015

Yes, she's right.

by Anonymousreply 4108/29/2015

R39 she’s right on top of that, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 4209/15/2020

[Bold] She's correct!

by Anonymousreply 4309/15/2020
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