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Fiorina Defends Record at HP, Speaking at Clinton Global Initiative

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina defended her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard and her involvement with the Clinton Global Initiative on Friday’s “Sean Hannity Show.”

Regarding her record at Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina said the facts of her record were “clear and public,” and that she was “criminally liable” if she misrepresented any results, something that no one else on the debate stage has had to do, and people can “come at my track record about HP all day long.”

Fiorina then addressed Hewlett-Packard’s selling of materials to Iran, she stated, “HP’s budget is larger than any one of the 50 states in the United States of America. So I led an enterprise that is larger than any state. And in an enterprise that big, this is global as well, you can’t possibly ensure that nothing ever ever goes wrong. The issue is, when you find out something’s wrong, what do you do about it? In this case, the case of Iran, three years after I left, HP discovered that a company that we were doing business with, elsewhere in the Middle East, was doing business with another company, that was doing business in Iran, and as soon as they found that out, they cut off business ties with this original company in the Middle East. The SEC did a thorough investigation and concluded that no one in management, myself included, knew anything about it.”

She concluded, “with regard to the Clinton Global Initiative, yes, I went and spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative on two occasions. On one occasion, I was asked by ‘Meet the Press’ to debate President Clinton on the stage. I was happy to do so. And in the second instance, I went to lead a panel on entrepreneurship. I thought it was important to do that because Democrats are trying to claim that they are the party of small business and entrepreneurship, and every policy they pursue, crushes small business and entrepreneurship, and I thought the audience needed to know the other side of the story.”

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