Fiorina: Left Tries To ‘Trivialize’ Women

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2010 Republican Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina declared the left “will continue to trivialize women” in a profile broadcast on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.

“They will continue to trivialize women by saying, ‘you know, all you care about is one issue’ and you ask women what they care about? guess what? they care about jobs, the economy, education, healthcare, immigration, national security, every issue is a woman’s issue” she stated.

Regarding a potential 2016 presidential run, she said “if I do it, and I haven’t made a final decision yet, although I am getting a lot closer, I must say. I’m doing it because I think our nation really is at a pivotal point. I think we’re running out of time to get some really important things done, and I think maybe we need to return to a citizen government, where it’s not just professional politicians who step forward when their nation calls them, but people who have relevant experience from other aspects of life.”

Fiorina also talked about her positions on several issues, on taxes, she stated “our rates are too high, we all know that, we now have, for example, the highest business tax rate in the world, and in an era where we have to compete for every job and work hard to make sure that business wants to be here, we can’t have the highest tax rates in the world. But, the truth is, what’s even more important is to radically simplify the tax code.”

She further argued, “we have to repeal Obamacare, we have to, because it’s too complicated for anybody to understand. I’m a cancer survivor, of course people with pre-existing conditions need to be covered, of course people who truly can’t afford it need to have access to quality, affordable healthcare, but let’s try the one thing we’ve never tried, which is real competition.”

Fiorina also declared “I am pro-life, and the majority of Americans are coming around. I think science is proving us right every day. A woman who faces a terrible choice deserves our empathy, always, and our support, not our judgment, not our condemnation, but when we can successfully perform surgery in utero, at less than five months, sounds like a life to me.

She also defended her qualifications on foreign policy, stating “I’ve sat across the table from Vladimir Putin. I know most of the leaders in the Middle East. I know most of the European leaders. I’ve done business in China for 20 years, and having sat across the table from Vladimir Putin, it is obvious when you meet him that his ambition is not going to be dulled by a gimmicky red reset button. Contrast, for a moment, the leadership of King Abdullah, who I also know well, contrast his leadership, when a Jordanian pilot is burned alive, what does he do? He immediately executes two convicted terrorists and begins bombing. What [do] Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama do when our embassy is purposefully attacked by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11? They spend a month blaming an American videographer and a year later, we’ve arrested one person and Hillary Clinton asks ‘what difference does it make?’ It makes all the difference in the world.”

On the fight against ISIS, she said “I would not have withdrawn all of our troops from Iraq in the first place. I think we mismanaged going into Iraq and I think we mismanaged going out, but Bret, there’s a problem, we have a huge problem, obviously, with ISIS, they’re evil, they have to be defeated.”

She also blasted the president’s “inexplicable” rhetoric in terrorism, declaring “I was at the National Prayer Breakfast. What a wonderful event, until honestly, our president spoke. I was a Medieval History major in college, by the way, so I actually know he got the history wrong on the Crusades as well, but when President of the United States compares ISIS to the Crusades, when he blames Jim Crow laws on Christianity, it was unbelievable. We know that ISIS is targeting Christians and Jews, we know that they are crucifying, beheading, killing, torturing children. I mean, my goodness, what will it take for this administration to acknowledge who these people are?”

Fiorina also touted her private sector record, arguing “that experience from secretary to CEO gives me an understanding of how the economy works.”

She further promoted her record at Hewlett-Packard, saying “in the five-and-a-half years, almost six years, I was at Hewlett-Packard, we doubled the company from 45 billion to 90 billion, we went from market laggard in every product category, to market leader in every product category, and in every market in which we competed. I’ll run on that record all day long.” She also defended the company’s merger with Compaq, arguing “it was at the time, as you say, a very controversial decision, it was the largest merger ever in the technology industry, it is now, by most experts acknowledged to be the most successful. We clearly did the right thing because had we not grown our business, expanded our product line, so many more people would have lost their jobs, and we wouldn’t have been able to create the jobs we did.”

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