Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, slammed Hillary Clinton—the former Secretary of State and the likely 2016 Democratic Party presidential frontrunner—in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News on Sunday.
Fiorina, who said on a Sunday morning TV appearance that she is about 90 percent sure she will run for the GOP nomination in 2016, predicted that if Clinton faces off against a woman like her, Clinton will be at a disadvantage.
“Hillary Clinton has said it is not enough to be a woman,” Fiorina told Breitbart News. “You have to be a woman who believes – and then she ticks off all the orthodoxy of the Democratic Party. She believes that ‘only if you’re a woman who sides with us do you count.’ Well, women are 53 percent of the electorate and I think they are ready for something different than that. I think if Hillary Clinton faces a woman opponent, she will get a hitch in her swing.”
Appearing on Fox News Sunday earlier, Fiorina compared Clinton to former President Richard Nixon—who was forced to resign the presidency due to his coverup of the Watergate scandal.
“Her character is flawed,” Fiorina told host Chris Wallace after addressing Clinton’s recent scandal surrounding her private email server being wiped clean.
When asked by Wallace what the chances were on whether she’ll vie for the 2016 Republican nomination, Fiorina responded that they are “very high,” then added, “higher than 90 percent.”
Fiorina says she needs to make sure she has the right support, resources, and finances prior to making a formal 2016 campaign announcement.
The female Republican started as a secretary and worked her way up becoming the chief executive of HP.
Although the board of directors fired her, Fiorina said it is true that she managed the company during the worst recession in years, but she stood by her record: “We took the growth rate from 2 percent to 9 percent,” she added, “and we grew jobs.”
She believes her experience leading one of the largest tech companies in the private sector gives her an edge against fellow GOP opponents.
“People who have been in and around government and politics for their entire lives may no longer be able to see the truth: our government must be reimagined,” Fiorina told Breitbart News. “And if we want someone who can reimagine our government, then we cannot elect another career politician who knows how Washington works but doesn’t know what leadership means.”
Fiorina pointed out two problems with America’s economy. First, she says, people have become tangled up in economic dependence upon government. Second, she said, big government’s heavy hand—which is the current policy of President Obama’s administration—has hurt small business development.
Fiorina said she will make a formal campaign announcement by early May.