(THE HILL) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that some of Rush Limbaugh’s comments towards women amounted to a “verbal assault,” and called “for a return to civility” when asked about the controversy surrounding the conservative radio host and what he said about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

“I try very hard to stay out of the politics, so let me put the campaign and the implications to the side — that is for others to comment on. But as a woman and as someone who can vaguely remember being a young woman, and as a mother of a young woman of that age and generation, I thought the response was very encouraging, the response from the public, the response from women cutting across all kinds of categories, the response from advertisers, so I’ll let that speak for itself,” Clinton said during an interview with MSNBC.

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