Republican Carly Fiorina is ready to do battle with Hillary Clinton and makes no bones about it. She told Newsmax on Thursday that America needs a “squeaky-clean fighter” in the White House, intimating Clinton is mired in one scandal after another.
Her best line was referring to Hillary raising the “woman card.” She vowed that her candidacy would have nothing to do with that gender-bending set of political rules. As the former Hewlett-Packard CEO put it, “This battle with Hillary Clinton needs to be about track record, accomplishment, leadership, capability, character,” Fiorina said on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
But she wasn’t done there. She added, “And Benghazi goes to the heart of her character because she peddled a fiction for four weeks about what really happened there. And it goes to the heart of her capability as well, because she did nothing to protect that embassy when she was asked to do so and she did nothing to respond to the terrorist attack that occurred.” Strong words for a still undeclared candidate looking more like one every speech she makes.
She was of course referring to Clinton’s original explanation that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, was triggered by an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube. Two weeks later it was revealed that the bloodbath, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, was a planned terror attack. This even though then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said the tragedy was due to an anti-Muslim video.
Fiorina said, “We need a fighter because this is a fight about what we believe in this nation, what values and principles and policies work better to lift people up. It’s a fight about the direction we take in the world as well as the direction we take in this nation. It is going to be a fight and so we do need a fighter, and I’m not afraid to fight and anyone who looks at my life knows that.”
The former CEO didn’t stop there. She also called Clinton out on her use of a personal email account and private server to conduct government business while she headed the State Department. It is now known she deleted thousands of emails sometime between October and last week. Clinton’s actions before and after the Benghazi attack are now being probed by a House select committee.
The former CEO explained her candidacy as “My gender is different from everyone else running on the Republican side and it is the same as Hillary Clinton’s gender. That will not allow her to play the war on women card or to play the gender card, and she won’t be able to say ‘I’ll be the first woman president.”
Fiorina faces a formidable battle against other Republican hopefuls that include GOP names like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Bush and Paul are still weighing a 2016 run; Cruz declared his candidacy last week.
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