Republican Party officials aren't the only ones eager to turn the focus of the political world away from Donald Trump. Hillary Rodham Clinton does too, though not for the same reason.
Speaking with reporters Monday after a town hall meeting here in Exeter, N.H., Clinton, the Democratic presidential hopeful, said that as offensive as Trump's comments were in recent days about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, she hoped more voters would focus on the ways in which other Republicans' policies would be harmful to women.
Clinton singled out Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for suggesting during Thursday's Republican debate and in a subsequent interview that he would support legislation to outlaw abortions even in cases of rape or incest.
"That is as offensive and as troubling a comment as you can hear from a major candidate running for the presidency," Clinton said. "The language may be more colorful and more offensive [from Trump]. But the thinking, the attitude toward women is very much the same. It just is delivered in a different package."
Rubio sought to clarify his views in an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," after he disputed a moderator's assertion that he had supported abortion legislation that made such exceptions.
Rubio said he would support "any legislation that reduces the number of abortions." "What I've never done is said I require that it must have or not have exceptions," he said.
"I personally and deeply believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws. I do. And I believe that irrespective of the conditions by which that life was conceived or anything else," he said.
In a brief Q&A; with reporters, Clinton was asked multiple times about Trump, who took umbrage during the debate with Kelly asking him about previous statements he'd made about women, and who later said Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," a comment largely interpreted to be a reference to menstruation. Trump said in a defensive-sounding statement that he was talking about Kelly's nose and "only a deviant" would think otherwise.
For her part, Clinton kept trying to broaden the focus to the GOP field at large.
"I know it makes great TV. I think the guy went way overboard. Offensive, outrageous -- pick your adjective," she said of Trump. "But 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, and it should be to the press, not just to those of us who've been doing this work for so long."
Rubio responded in a statement later Monday that Clinton herself has “radical views” on abortion, citing her support for funding of both Planned Parenthood and abortions overseas.
2:43 p.m.: This story was updated with Rubio's response.