On Thursday, Carly Fiorina slammed Hillary Clinton during a speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., attacked Hillary on everything from her tweets about women’s rights to the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of millions of dollars from foreign governments. And amid Fiorina’s takedown of Clinton, she dropped another bombshell: she thinks she could give Hillary a run for her money in the 2016 presidential election.
But while Fiorina’s suggestion of two women running head-to-head for president may be awesome, her teardown of Clinton at CPAC suggests that her strategy might be a bit off. If Fiorina were actually serious about a presidential run, she probably should be channeling less of her energy into attacking her potential opponent’s ideas, and more effort into outlining her stances on the issues that really matter.
For instance, rather than actually delving into the issue of women’s rights, Fiorina focused on her problems with Hillary’s handling of the issue.
She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards — and neither will our president. Hillary likes hashtags. But she doesn’t know what leadership means.
Fiorina went on to slam the Obama administration’s strategy on ISIS and Hillary’s testimony on the attacks in Benghazi in 2012. She questioned the ethics of the Clinton Foundation getting donations from foreign governments. She went so far as to question whether Hillary had made any accomplishments to date.
Mrs. Clinton, please name an accomplishment. And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments does not represent a conflict of interest.
Her brutal attacks on Hillary may have poked holes in the presidential hopeful’s platform, but, ultimately, the negativity also reflected back on Fiorina.
There was one thing that Fiorina was spot on about — female candidates do matter. When Fiorna was asked about the merits of female candidates, she said this:
If Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage, at the very least she would have to have a hitch in her swing.
Go ahead and face Hillary, Fiorina. Seriously — watching two women face off for president would be truly awesome. That said, that face off should be more than just an attack on the other candidate and rather a moment to highlight women’s stances and ideas for shaping the world.
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