Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was reveling in rave reviews for her aggressive approach, a day after a strong performance in the pre-debate debate for those relegated to second-tier status by Fox News' assessment of the national polls.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was reveling in rave reviews for her aggressive approach, a day after a strong performance in the pre-debate debate for those relegated to second-tier status by Fox News’ assessment of the national polls.
In her first campaign stop since, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who has never held public office, embraced the prospect of new momentum for her underfunded campaign. She told the crowd of conservative activists at RedState Gathering that Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all were once regarded as quixotic candidates.
”You know why all of those men served as president?” she asked. ”Because people decided they wanted them to win.”
Fiorina told the crowd that her experience in the private sector and ability to sell conservatism without the baggage of being a long-serving politician set her apart in a field replete with current and former senators and governors.
”People get captured by a system they’ve been in for too long,” she said, adding that ”people who protect the status quo most aggressively are people who have benefited most from it.”
The best hope, she said, is someone who is not from the status quo ”but who can see it, who understands it and who has the courage to change it.”
While Fiorina, 60, doesn’t always mention that she’s the only woman running for the Republican nomination, she has built her early campaign around broadsides against Hillary Rodham Clinton – even going so far as to shadow the Democrats’ 2016 favorite at campaign stops around the country.
”We’re going to have to have a nominee who throws every punch, who will not ever pull her punches,” Fiorina said Friday, continuing her attacks on Clinton’s record as secretary of state.
She also said Republicans must steel themselves for a bruising campaign against Democratic Party policies that are ”crushing the potential of this nation” and ”entangle people’s lives in a web of dependency.”
Democrats play ”identity politics,” Fiorina said, promising she would counter with ”the truth that Democrats are bad for women, bad for African-Americans, bad for Hispanics, bad for economic growth.”
Fiorina lost her only other bid for public office, a 2010 effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in California. Before that, she rose from a job as a secretary to become the first female chief executive of a Fortune 20 company before the Hewlett-Packard board of directors forced her out in 2005.