Let the Republicans have no doubts about Carly Fiorina – the sole female candidate for president on the GOP’s side of the political aisle. Her take on Hillary Clinton when being interviewed by liberal Andrea Mitchell shows that Fiorina not only knows what she needs to know to challenge Hillary Clinton, but she also knows how to effectively enunciate her concerns about Mrs. Clinton ending up in the White House, according to MSNBC on Wednesday.
During a live interview, Carly Fiorina spoke with MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday. Mitchell acknowledged that Fiorina has made a splash in the political news with her entrance into the 2016 presidential race. She also was quick to mention that Fiorina has gone after Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate very assertively. Gender-specific, Mitchell’s first question was about Fiorina being a woman by asking if she felt enabled to go after Clinton like the other GOP candidates haven’t because she’s a woman, according to Breitbart.
Out of the box with that question, Fiorina let Mitchell know that she was prepared with facts while also letting Mitchell know that this is one politician who wasn’t going to be belittled and cornered by her. First and foremost, she basically said that ‘genderism’ in politics and anything else doesn’t intimidate her. Fiorina said, “I think when 82 percent of the American people now believe that there is a professional political class more interested in preserving its own power and privilege than it is in serving the American people, people expect basic questions to be asked of anyone running for president.” She said, questions such as: “What have you done? Are you trustworthy? Are you transparent? Will you answer questions?”
Obviously, Clinton has been accused of not being trustworthy or transparent during her email scandal in which she had two private email accounts in use when she was secretary of state. It is now known that many of those emails have been “conveniently” deleted from Clinton’s own server. Yet, showing her liberal side, Mitchell immediately defended Clinton by saying that she has had a lifetime in public service – first lady in Arkansas, worked with the Children’s Defense Fund, senator from New York, and Secretary of State. Mitchell dangerously asked the question: “How do you compare yourself to her?”
Again, Fiorina took control of the conversation and laid it on the line about Clinton’s experienced-past. She said, “It’s also true that as secretary of state she took women’s rights and human rights off the table for discussion with China. It’s also true as secretary of state that she called Bashar al-Assad a ‘positive reformer.’ It’s also true in 2011, when she was secretary of state, she said that Iraq was a ‘free, stable, sovereign nation’ and now we have a nation falling apart, Iranian influence growing, ISIS growing. It’s true that she said that she could reset our Russia – our relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin is on the march. So I think all of those things I just named go fundamentally to what is her track record.”
In attempted-recovery mode from the onslaught of facts from Fiorina, Mitchell tried to turn the conversation back on the other Republican candidates. Fiorina didn’t let it happened. When Mitchell inquired about other Republicans supporting those policies, Fiorina said, “Every single Republican candidate has been asked about their vote for the war in Iraq. The one person who’s not been asked that question, because she won’t answer the question, is Hillary Clinton.” She also factually pointed out that Clinton was on the job in 2011 when Iraq started to fall apart – not the Republican nominees of which Mitchell was referring.
Next, Mitchell tried to corner Fiorina by asking her if she is being discriminated against by the Republican National Committee by keeping her out of the initial debate, according to Fox News. Quite appropriately, Fiorina asked Mitchell, “Why do you assume I’m going to be kept out? The debates are not for another eleven weeks.” It’s apparent that Fiorina believes she has a strong chance of being invited into the affluent circle of GOP candidates and allowed equal time.
The interview with Mitchell was an eye-opener for many. Fiorina handled Mitchell’s liberal-favoring questions with ease. The point being, if she can handle Mitchell so incredibly easily, her fellow-Republican candidates for president and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side shouldn’t be very tough for her either.