Carly Fiorina Positions Herself as the Anti-Hillary Candidate in CPAC Speech

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – In her address before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, potential 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina took aim at Democrats, particularly former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), both of which are also considered to be potential 2016 presidential candidates.

“This is not leadership,” Fiorina said. “Nor is it leadership when Secretary Clinton asks: ‘What difference does it make?’ when our embassy is deliberately attacked by terrorists and four Americans are murdered.  It makes all the difference in the world and the required response has never come. Like Mrs. Clinton, I too have travelled the globe.  Unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.  I have met Vladimir Putin and I know that his ambition will not be deterred by a gimmicky red reset button.”

“Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment,” Fiorina said of Clinton’s time at the State Department.  “And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments doesn’t represent a conflict of interest. She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards—and neither will our President. Hillary likes hashtags. But she doesn’t know what leadership means.”

Fiorina also pointed where she differs from Warren in her approach to tackling “crony capitalism.”

“Work is a central part of such a life and so we must rebuild Main Street,” she added. “Elizabeth Warren is right:  crony capitalism is alive and well.  Government and government programs have grown so big, so powerful, so costly and so complex that only the big and the powerful can prosper. But Elizabeth Warren is dead wrong about how to end crony capitalism.  You see, whether it is Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare or net-neutrality, all this government complexity means the big get bigger, the small disappear, and the powerless are trapped.”

“We are now destroying more businesses than we are creating,” Fiorina continued. “Most Americans get their start the way I did – in a small business.  The dry-cleaners, tacquerias, coffee shops, hairdressers and real-estate firms of American Main Street create most of our new jobs and employ half our people.  So if we want more jobs, we need more small businesses.”

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