By Jesse Byrnes
Rubio: I wouldn't go as far as calling Clinton a 'traitor'
Marco RubioMarco RubioPoll: Rubio, Murphy neck-and-neck in Florida Senate race Overnight Healthcare: Blame game over Zika funding The Trail 2016: 11 hours, 800 pages, 0 changed minds MORE on Thursday rebuffed a supporter who called Democratic presidential rival Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAmbassador's sister: I don't blame Clinton for Benghazi Clinton to Trump supporters: 'Don’t look for easy answers' Seven key findings in the Benghazi report MORE a "traitor," though he criticized her politics and use of a private email server while secretary of State.
"The Democratic Party today has been taken over by radical elements on the left," Rubio said during a campaign event in Greenville, S.C., ahead of Saturday's GOP primary there.
"When the leading candidate is an avowed democratic socialist, you know the Democratic Party has gone off the deep end," Rubio continued, referencing Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Gillibrand aide wins NY House primary Sanders-backed candidate wins NY House primary The Trail 2016: 11 hours, 800 pages, 0 changed minds MORE and Clinton.
Rubio discussed the FBI's ongoing investigation into Clinton's email arrangement, before stating, "She did it because she thinks she's above the law. They've always thought they're above the law."
"She's a traitor!" a man in the audience yelled, according to CNN.
"Well I wouldn't go that far, sir," Rubio said before adding, "But I would say that she is someone who thinks that she is above the law."
When the man continued, mentioning Benghazi, Rubio took the opportunity to criticize the former secretary of State for her handling of the 2012 attacks in Libya.
Candidates' reaction to incendiary comments from supporters have drawn attention at previous campaign events.
GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDem Suozzi wins NY primary to replace Israel Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Sanders-backed candidate wins NY House primary MORE caught flak in September for failing to correct a supporter at a rally who said that President Obama wasn't a U.S. citizen and was also a Muslim.
Rubio is battling Trump and Ted CruzTed CruzCruz-backed candidate wins GOP primary in Colorado Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Trump camp slating major sports figures for convention: report MORE in South Carolina and is campaigning with the state's Gov. Nikki Haley, who endorsed the Florida senator on Wednesday.