Jeb Bush suggested Tuesday that women's healthcare is overfunded.
The ad-lib remarks came during an interview at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, where Bush was asked about funding for Planned Parenthood, which has come under renewed attacked from Republicans following the release of undercover videos.
"The next president should defund Planned Parenthood," he said to thunderous applause.
Bush, who is among 17 Republican presidential candidates, then went on to say:
"You could take dollar for dollar—although I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinarily fine organizations, community health organizations that exist federally sponsored community health organizations, to provide quality care for woman on a wide variety of health issues."
In response to Bush's remarks, Hillary Clinton offered this statement via Twitter:
The Bush campaign later backed away from the candidate's remarks, issuing a statement after the fact saying:
"With regards to women's health funding broadly, I misspoke, as there are countless community health centers, rural clinics, and other women's health organizations that need to be fully funded. They provide critical services to all, but particularly low-income women who don't have the access they need. I was referring to the hard-to-fathom $500 million in federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood–an organization that was callously participating is the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs. Democrats and Republicans agree we absolutely must defund them and redirect those funds to other women's health organizations."
The remarks come just a day after the Senate voted on whether to begin a debate for a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. However, the vote failed to garner the 60 ballots needed to proceed.
Bush will have a chance to address his comments during the first GOP debate on Thursday. He is among the 10 Republican candidates—out of a total of 17—who were invited to take part in the debate, which airs on Fox News at 9 P.M. Eastern.