Carly Fiorina: Straight talking at the Reagan Library

Presidential candidate, and former Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina, spoke last night at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  Her opening remarks set the tone for the evening.  “I see a world in dire need of American Leadership.”

Ms. Fiorina jabbed at Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, citing the former Secretary of State and her involvement in the Obama Administration’s foreign policy.  “The world is a more tragic place.” Fiorina referred to the increase of abuse suffered by women from radical Islamists, and asked how can,  “Mrs.” Clinton, champion women’s rights when, as Secretary of State, she turned a blind eye to this and continues to do so?

The former CEO berated the recent Iranian deal, saying “When you reward bad behavior you get more bad behavior.”  The candidate noted that the Iranian regime just that day refused all access to their nuclear facilities.

Fiorina was particularly critical of the “professional political class,” which has bred “Too many speeches, too few results.”  She pointed out that the political class falls silent on an issue once the media attention has died down.

She would like to see America as the strongest military on the planet, and would, if elected, overhaul the Veterans Administration.   Her first call as President would be to Benjamin Netanyahu, assuring the Israeli Prime Minister that America will stand with his country.  Her second call would be to the Iranian leader informing him “the deal” was off.  Fiorina said that Global companies should not be profiting from this murderous regime. 

The rise of China was addressed, and the threat of their international banking institution.  They have created another “Great Wall” with control over of their Internet access and that we must breach that wall to institute the free flow of information. They have stolen our intellectual property and are a cyber threat.  Furthermore, we must push back against their intrusion into the South China Sea.   The Chinese are developing their satellite and nuclear capabilities.  We need to help our allies in the region.

Fiorina emphasized throughout that the Founders envisioned a citizen government, not a professional political class.  She pledged that she won’t manage the decline of America, that our ideals would shine in the darkest corners of the world.  She is prepared to lead.

During Q&A, one audience member asked her about being inclusive and allowing for choice, referencing the right to abortion and to gay marriage.  The speaker stated she was a registered Republican but votes with the Democrats on issues of choice.  Fiorina shot back that the Democrats don’t support choice when it comes to education, locking in poor families to under-performing schools because of unions.

In her closing remarks, Fiorina said, “You all have God-given gifts.”

The Reagan Foundation will be hosting two presidential debates on September 16th in order to include all the candidates running for the GOP nomination.

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Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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