The gloves are off.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton went after her Republican rival Jeb Bush on Twitter Tuesday, hours after he said, “I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” during a discussion on Planned Parenthood at a meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Responding to a Tweet quoting the former Florida governor, Clinton said:
It wasn’t long before Bush hit back just as hard, Tweeting:
Bush released a statement on his website about his initial comment saying he “misspoke,” but Clinton later doubled down on her attack at an organizing event in Denver Tuesday night, saying, “Just today we got another window into what Republican candidates really believe. Jeb Bush said he’s not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.”
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“Now, he’s got no problem giving billions of dollars away to super-wealthy and powerful corporations, but I guess women’s health just isn’t a priority for him,” she added, according to ABC News.
“This really isn’t complicated. When you attack Planned Parenthood, you attack women’s health. When you attack women’s health, you attack America’s health. The truth is, what Jeb said, the other Republican candidates believe, too, and that’s not the only example of them being out of touch and out of date.”
Bush hasn’t respond to Clinton’s comments.
The public feud comes amid Republican efforts to strip the embattled Planned Parenthood Federation of America of its federal funding after a series of damaging undercover videos kicked up a firestorm over the group’s abortion practices.
Clinton recently called the videos “disturbing,” but she’s still standing by Planned Parenthood, releasing a video Monday slamming Republicans for trying to defund the group.