MANCHESTER, N.H. – Advisers to both Democratic presidential candidates played down controversies Monday stemming from remarks made by prominent Clinton backers over the weekend.

Tad Devine, a senior strategist for Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, said the campaign is prepared to refute specific points that Bill Clinton made on his wife’s behalf Sunday, but has no intention of engaging him more broadly.

Bill Clinton had said that the Sanders camp is playing fast and loose with facts and treating Hillary Clinton unfairly.

"I don't think in the final hours of this campaign we want to be pulled off a message that's obviously resonating very well," Devine said in an interview. "We don't want to be drawn into something that doesn't have to do with the challenges the country is facing, which is what Bernie is speaking to."

Meanwhile, Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon said former secretary of state Madeleine Albright was “misinterpreted” when she said Saturday that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

That line drew loud applause and whoops in the elementary school gym where she stood with Clinton, but struck many who watched or read it later as offensive, a guilt trip laid on young women who don’t support Clinton.

“I think that comment has been misinterpreted,” Fallon said. “That’s a line that she has used for years,” in other contexts, and was once featured on a Starbuck’s coffee cup, Fallon said.

Clinton, standing alongside Albright at the time, guffawed and grinned at her longtime friend and sometime mentor, 10 years her elder.

“Look, Hillary Clinton, the fact that she is a female, is an important attribute of hers,” Fallon said. “I think that it means she would bring a unique perspective to the Oval Office, one we haven’t had with any of the 44 presidents to date, but we know that women are not going to vote for her, or that any voter’s not going to vote for her, simply based on her gender, nor are we asking them to.”

Regarding outreach to young women, Devine said Sanders is going to continue talking about issues important to them, including free college tuition, equal pay and family leave.

"We're going to talk about Bernie's record on these issues, where he is on these issues and not counter-attack and try to get things riled up, particularly on the day before an election," he said.

If the Clinton campaign continues to pursue this line of attack in TV commercials and through other means in coming weeks, "we're going to deal with it," Devine said.