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Fiorina continues attack on Clinton

Fiorina continues attack on Clinton

Latest round was in South Carolina!

Now that former Senator Rick Santorum has dived into the presidential pool, I thought I would check the status of a candidate who is already in — Carly Fiorina.

Early in her candidacy, Professor Jacobson noted she was “rocking it” by taking the fight to Hillary Clinton. She continues to show the rest of the field how to target the elusive Democratic candidate.

For example, Clinton has been less than responsive when it comes to addressing the American press.

In contrast, Fiorina held a press conference…directly outside a Clinton event.

First the former Hewlett Packard chief executive popped up outside the Marriott hotel where Clinton was just about to kick off a campaign event, offering to take questions from the press since Clinton so often won’t.

Forty-five minutes later and six blocks down the road, there Fiorina was again, bragging to the South Carolina House Republican caucus about what she’d just done as they chewed on grilled chicken at a Hilton hotel luncheon.

“I’ve answered probably 420-plus questions on the record about everything, from, ‘Is a hot dog a sandwich?’ — I flubbed that one, I will tell you — to what I would do about ISIS and everything in between,” Fiorina said. “And Hillary Clinton has answered maybe 15 questions.”

Barely registering at the polls and less than three months away from the GOP’s first primary debate, Fiorina is making her one and only play: attacking the best-known presidential candidate of them all. And while it’s too soon to tell whether Fiorina’s tactics are paying off in the polls, Republican officials and activists in the early-primary states say what she’s doing is working.

She had a biting analysis of Clinton’s political record.

How can we trust Mrs. Clinton?” asked Fiorina, who in recent months has used her status as the only woman in the Republican field to attack the Democratic candidate.

“We now know that her family foundation has had to refile five years’ worth of returns because it failed to disclose donations from foreign governments. We know that she only had one email in her server, that she put a server in her basement, that it was convenient not to rely on federal government emails. We know that Benghazi was a terrorist attack despite the fact that she told us it was a protest gone bad,” added Fiorina during the 11-minute news conference.

An NBC video captures the conference:

Conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce had a lengthy interview with Fiorina, in which she gave impressively dynamic and detailed-filled responses to Bruce’s policy questions. Addressing the matter of polls, Fiorina pointed out that it is too early for the numbers to have any significant meaning.

Given that the poll numbers will ultimately have bearing on who Fox News will permit in its Republican presidential debate, I was impressed that Fiorina indicated she will do what it takes to be on that stage in August.

Compare this reply to that of the GOP’s newest candidate.

The Fox News presidential debate qualification rules have former Senator Rick Santorum crying foul.

….”I’m someone who believes that we should have an inclusive process,” Mr Santorum told reporters after his speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. “If you’re a United States senator, if you’re a governor, if you’re a woman who ran a Fortune 500 company and you’re running a legitimate campaign for president, then you should have the right to be on stage with everyone else.”

I have vowed to keep an open mind during the candidate selection process. However, at this point, I hope Fiorina makes it to the first debate. She has the right campaign priorities, as far as I’m concerned.


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Mrs. Fiorina continues to demonstrate three things the other Republican candidates don’t:

1. Knowledge and experience in dealing with global scale issues
2. Knowledge and experience in economics and business
3. Marked intelligence and an in-your-face attitude.

The Presidential debate process does not permit the sort of detailed, lengthy answers needed for voters to make informed decisions. As a former Republican now Independent, I’d much prefer to see a formalized debate structure along the lines of old High School Debate Teams. Get the media out of the picture and let the candidates debate on the issues.

    leeatmg in reply to SeniorD. | May 28, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Agreed…I’m willing to give her a look. She is doing all the right things at this point, and saying most of the right things. She is turning out to be much more impressive than I had expected.

    Can she win the whole thing? Maybe….just maybe.

    legacyrepublican in reply to SeniorD. | May 28, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Not entirely true.

    Ben Carson’s resume while not as storied as Carly’s is just as diverse as hers.

    The bottom line is that with the exception of two or three RINO candidates running on the Republican side, I would love one of them to be President and the rest to be in his or her cabinet.

    They would make one hell of a team.

      Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to legacyrepublican. | May 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Ben Carson’s resume while not as storied as Carly’s is just as diverse as hers.

      Good God, spare us this ‘diversity’. Ben Carson is a very good man with an impressive life story. But what has he ever done in the way of executive duties in a large organization with fierce competitors?

      Carly Fiorina actually HAS that kind of experience. Unlike candidate Obama, whom everyone fawned over for diversity’s sake, but who turned out to have very low-grade qualifications for the actual job as president.

      I can’t say enough good things about Ben Carson, but despite them all, he should not be running for the office of POTUS.

        legacyrepublican in reply to Insufficiently Sensitive. | May 28, 2015 at 10:54 pm

        Carly Fiorina — Breast Cancer Survivor
        Ben Carson — Prostate Cancer Survivor

        Carly Fiorina — CEO of HP
        Ben Carson — Became youngest Director of Pediatric Surgery at Johns Hopkins raising the prestige of the hospital in a competitive health market by pioneering inventive surgical solutions. Ben has also been on the board of directors of Kellogg and Costco who compete in the business world.

        My point still remains valid.

        From a business perspective or a personal perspective in regards to fighting cancer, Ben may not be as storied as Carly, but of all the candidates, I find his resume is the only one that can compare to hers in diversity of life and business experience outside of being a career politician.

    Kyle_davinski in reply to SeniorD. | May 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Bottom line in all this is: We’ve tried voting in and out numerous “career politicians” how all ‘coincidentally’ yield the same unsatisfactory results… NONE of them EVER answer questions honestly. None of them even get asked questions that MATTER… The “debate” processes are set up in a way to ensure the “under-dog” never has an equal platform, be it under-funded, or under-promoted in the MSM. The institutional biases and catch-22’s that plague our “election” process are installed as a way to truly prevent change…. Why not hire a neurosurgeon…. Why not hire an executive for a top notch company… I mean, again… look what we’ve gotten with a “constitutional lawyer”… I don’t even know WHAT to characterize bush jr. as… but it was most certainly not “Presidential”

    **If it is TRUE CHANGE that we seek, perhaps we must ALL re-evaluate the means in which we seek it out! **

I lived in California when she ran there – she has really honed her knives since then! But she was battling other problems at that time, also, and it was California. The residents there are braindead, hence my move out of state. I think I’m all in for Fiornia – we’ll see. Love Carson, too.

Henry Hawkins | May 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

So far, so good. She has my attention.

I really like her spirit and moxy (is that word OK?), but I don’t know her convictions.

Open mind maintained.

Carly needs to show off her knowledge of various issues such as national defense, foreign policy, plus a whole plethora of other national issues like spending, health care, etc…

To date, she’s done well, IMHO, and am confident that she will do well go forward. I’d like to she her go very far down this 2016 nomination road, because, if nothing else, and she’s got a lot more to offer too, Carly holds up quite well so far against the Socialist Party’s presumed nominee.

I like her. I would like to see her in Iowa, addressing the corn subsidies. If she were to be veep nominee, going against Whooooooliaaaaan Casteo….what a trouncing that would be.

FrankNatoli | May 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

To date, my one 2016 campaign contribution has been to Ted Cruz. That stated, the more I hear from and about Fiorina, the more I like. There is this regrettable tendency of white Republican “men” to be scared of their own shadow [not including Cruz]. Republican women and non-white men thankfully do not share that weakness. Go Carly!

jdjohnson50 | May 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I get the feeling that Ms Fiorina has taken up the mantle of “Destroyer of Hillary” for the republican party. Any male Republican candidate that attacks Hillary will be met with charges of sexism. Fiorina can attack with impunity. She must know, based on polling, that she doesn’t have much of a chance at the nomination. I have to wonder if a consortium of Republican candidates met with Fiorina and asked her to bring down Hillary for some type of post nomination consideration. VP candidacy maybe?

    That’s kind of my worry about Ms. Fiorina, too.

    She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, a good handle on answering tough questions, and rather than hide she actively seeks out the press. These are good things.

    My worry is that she’s pigeon-holing herself into the “anti-Hillary” role. Yes, she’s very good at attacking Hillary and exposing weaknesses, but that can’t be her only play. Especially if the unthinkable happens: someone else gets the Democratic nomination.

what i like most so far about Fiorina is that she’s not spouting off with the religious stuff – sorry believers, I’m voting for a sectarian candidate – if I wanted a religious one, I’d write-in the Pope. I for one don’t want to be lectured to, admonished, or otherwise exposed to religious proselytization in the context of running for office. While I commend Santorum in his decision to raise his child, well, good on him. IT WAS HIS CHOICE!!! Others in similar circumstances must, should, AND DO have the choice to exercise within the context of their own life circumstance to do as they see fit. So spare me the Pro-life ideology. LOL I often ask my Pro-life colleagues, when was the last time you adopted a child whose parent chose to give birth? Wanna guess at the answer? LOL LOL LOL

Captain Keogh | May 28, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Another vanity candidate to go with the pizza salesman from 2012 and Ben Carson – who we would never even consider for a moment if he were white. You can add soon Donald Trump to that mix and the race to the bottom continues. The Republican Party has a love affair with non politicians and thinks that the rest of the country will go for that as well.

Enough with the airbrushed pictures of Clinton. What’s next showing Trayvon Martin toddler pictures as her likeness?

Carly is infinitely easier on the eyes and ears.