Carly Fiorina has emerged as a real contender for the Republican presidential nomination following her performance in last week’s debate, and may be one of the party’s best bets to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
As her debate performance showed, Fiorina won’t pull any punches in going after Clinton and her Republican co-aspirants. During the debate, she said, “Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lied about emails, she is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party’s frontrunner.”
She continued to slam both Clinton and Donald Trump in the days following the debate.
First, she condemned Trump for his comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, tweeting last week:
Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.
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— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) August 8, 2015
(Trump responded by tweeting that Fiorina gives him a “massive headache.”)
Then, the former Hewlett Packard CEO attacked Clinton for her ignorance on economic policy. Fiorina told Fox News:
I would point out to Hillary Clinton is that every single one of the policies that she’s currently pursuing make income inequality worse. Exhibit A, income inequality under the Obama administration. Exhibit B, every liberal state in this nation. I spent 12 years in the state of California, a state that’s been ruled by liberals for a long time. And guess what you have: about 130 billionaires — good for them — the highest poverty rates in the nation, the exodus of middle class and destruction of industry after industry after industry. Income inequality is worse under progressive policies because progressive policies favor the wealthy, the well-connected, the big and the powerful.
As the former CEO of one of the largest corporations in the country, Fiorina has something Clinton sorely lacks: true leadership experience.
After beginning her career as a secretary, Fiorina rose to become the first female CEO of a top twenty U.S. corporation. As CEO of Hewlett-Packard between 1999 and 2005, She led the company’s merger with Compaq before being forced to resign following what she called a “boardroom brawl” in 2005.
Many viewers rated Fiorina the strongest of all the participants in last week’s debates. At least one post-debate poll ranked Fiorina fourth among all Republicans.