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Carly at odds with HP heirs on Planned Parenthood

As Carly Fiorina joins the rest of the GOP presidential pack in calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the charitable foundations of the two families who founded the company she’s famous for leading remain among Planned Parenthood’s largest donors – to the tune of more than $138 million since 2001.

Carly FiorinaFiorina was CEO of 1999 to 2004, the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 business – a major part of the track record she now touts on the campaign trail. She has been an outspoken critic of Planned Parenthood since mid July, when the first of a series of covert videos were released depicting officials from the organization discussing procurement of fetal tissue for stem-cell research.

“I am pro-life. And I believe science is proving us right every day. But you do not have to be pro-life to understand the hideous nature of what is going on here,” she said at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17. “This is about the moral character of our nation. When you can have employees who target poor communities, who are pushing women into later-term abortions so they can more successfully harvest body parts even though late-term abortions are demonstrably bad for women, you can only be horrified when you see employees picking over a Petri dish for body parts while they say, ‘Look, it’s a baby.’ There is no excuse – Planned Parenthood must be defunded.”

Meanwhile, the Menlo Park-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 2001 has given $86,580,945 to various domestic and international Planned Parenthood organizations and affiliates. And the Los Altos-based David and Lucille Packard Foundation since 2001 has given $51,883,238. (The Packard Foundation’s online grant database goes back only to 2010, but spokeswoman Felicia Madsen provided the total since 2001.)

There’s been no love lost between Fiorina and some of the HP heirs for quite some time. For example, Jason Burnett – the mayor of Carmel, the grandson of HP cofounder David Packard, and a member of the Packard Foudnation’s board of trustees – earlier this year told CNN that Fiorina shouldn’t work at any level of government: “She did damage to a great company and I don’t want to see her do damage to a great country.”

But Burnett said Wednesday that “there’s no particular reason why a CEO of a technology company needs to hold other policy views consistent with a company’s founders” such as on Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015
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Carly Fiorina embraces ‘happy hour debate’

Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina says she’s looking forward to taking part in Thursday’s “happy hour” debate between the low-polling contenders.

Fiorina, formerly of Los Altos Hills and now of Virginia, had issued a statement Tuesday soon after Fox News announced the main debate’s lineup saying she continues “to be encouraged by the support of conservative activists and grassroots Republicans across the country–even just today from the readers of PJMedia and Breitbart. They know we need someone from outside the political class if we want America back in the leadership business.”

She called into MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday morning to speak with host Joe Scarborough:

SCARBOROUGH: You ears were probably burning yesterday. We were all saying wonderful things about you around the set, how you have done a great job this year in everything you’ve done and yet, you’re not going to be on the main stage tomorrow. I know you’ve been getting positive reviews from a lot of people. What do you think about being kept off the main debate stage based on some polls, what, seven months out?

FIORINA: Well, first of all, these are national polls, as you know, Joe. National polls measure, among other things, name I.D. About 40 percent of Republicans have heard my name. In other words, a vast majority of Republican voters, never mind Americans, still don’t know who I am. So that’s not unexpected, considering I’m not a professional politician. Also, you know, in 2007 I think Rudy Giuliani was burning up the polls. As you point out, you have a long way to go here. It’s a long race. And I’ll look forward to the “happy hour” debate.

SCARBOROUGH: What’s the message you hope to get out in the “happy hour” debate?

FIORINA: You know, people are frustrated, disappointed, angry with the professional political class. Whatever your issue, your cause, the festering problem you hoped would be resolved by now, whether it’s border security or the veterans administrations or debts and deficits or a complicated tax code, the political class has let you down.

I don’t come from the political class. I think we need a president now who understands how the economy works, how the world works and who’s in it. Bureaucracies have to hold them accountable and cut them down to size. Technology. I think we need a leader in the White House who understands that their job now is to challenge the status quo of politics as usual.

Every problem we, as Republicans, talk about has been around for 25 or 30 years. It’s not that we don’t have good ideas. We have great ideas. It’s just that they never get implemented. So if we want to actually change it, we have to change the kind of leader we put in the White House.

Fiorina also said she would defund Planned Parenthood; oppose a gas-tax increase to fund the federal highway program; take the federal government to zero-based budgeting; and hold a summit meeting with America’s allies in the Middle East to determine how we can support them better.

Fiorina now ranks 14th among the Republican candidates, with 1 percent support, in an average of five recent national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. In Iowa, she places 11th with 2.5 percent support in an average of four recent polls; in New Hampshire, she’s in 11th place with 2 percent support in an average of three recent polls.

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
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Carly Fiorina talks tough in telephone town hall

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina renewed her call Thursday for a citizen-led government that would grow the economy, cut spending, better support our Middle Eastern allies against ISIS and cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO, formerly of Los Altos Hills and now of Virginia, held a 45-minute telephone town hall Thursday, taking 10 questions from supporters across the country.

Fiorina 5-14-2015 AP photoFiorina – whom the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls shows is in a three-way tie for 12th place among the 16 major, declared GOP candidates – sounded undaunted by her lack of traction and likened herself to a beloved party icon.

“At this point in previous presidential elections, the polls, the pundits and the money said that Jimmy Carter couldn’t win, Ronald Reagan couldn’t win, Bill Clinton couldn’t win and Barack Obama couldn’t win,” she said, adding “the media may want to control the process, the party may want to control the process, but you know in the end the voters control the process.”

Reagan won the White House in 1980 “because the people decided he should win,” she said – though she didn’t mention that 1980 was Reagan’s third presidential run, and he had served two terms as governor of the nation’s most populous state.

Fiorina said even Republicans who support other candidates are telling her “I would love to see you debate Hillary Clinton.”

“They know what I would do, they know I would win that debate, they know I would bring up all the tough issues that are not being brought up,” she said. “We’re at a pivotal point. We need to challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C.”

More on Fiorina’s policy answers, after the jump…
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Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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Fiorina blasts Obama, Clinton on national security

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will blast President Obama’s and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s national security policies, and cast China as “our rising adversary,” in a speech she’s scheduled to give Monday evening at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

Fiorina 5-14-2015 AP photo“President Obama has richly rewarded the bad behavior of Cuba, Russia, Syria, Iran and China — and Mrs. Clinton has signaled her approval,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will say, according to the speech’s prepared text. “It is really quite simple. When you reward bad behavior, you get more of it.”

Fiorina will promise that on her first day in the Oval Office, she would call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm the United States’ support of Israel. She also would call Iran’s Supreme Leader to tell him that the P5+1 deal is off, and “unless and until Iran opens itself to full and unfettered inspections of all nuclear and military facilities, we are going to make it very hard for Iran to move money around the global financial system.”

“I will not call Vladimir Putin,” she’ll say. “We have talked way too much to him. But he too will get the message.”

Meanwhile, she’ll say, “China is building their economic power and will wield it ruthlessly.”

Her plan calls for America moving firmly against China’s internet censorship, economic domination, cyberterrorism, and aggressive push into the South China Sea – the latter by working with Vietnam and the Philippines to increase surveillance, and by joint military exercises with the Philippines. And America also must push harder for human rights, women’s rights and democracy there and elsewhere around the globe, she’ll say.

“China, Russia, Iran, and terrorist groups such as ISIS — these are the big human rights tests of our time,” the prepared speech says. “Women and girls are systematically targeted, subjugated, murdered, raped and sold into bondage. It is the height of hypocrisy for Hillary Clinton to run for President as a champion of women’s rights when her record as Secretary of State is this dismal.

“Our ideals are a light that shines in the very darkest corners of the world. Today, without American leadership, we have too many dark corners.”

Fiorina’s campaign said she’ll deliver the speech to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000.

With little time remaining before Fox News selects the top 10 candidates to participate in the first debate (scheduled for Aug. 6 in Cleveland), it’s looking like Fiorina will be among those shut out. Of 16 Republicans already in the race, Fiorina is tied for 13th place with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – each with 1.3 percent support – according to an average of six recent national polls tabulated by Real Clear Politics; only U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former New York Gov. George Pataki fare worse.

Fiorina’s speech will be livestreamed at 6 p.m. But you can read the entire text of the speech as prepared, after the jump…

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Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Carly Fiorina is coming to town

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is coming home to the Bay Area. Well, for a day, at least.

Fiorina 5-14-2015 AP photoThe former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who moved from Los Altos Hills to Virginia in 2011, will be in the Bay Area next Thursday, June 4 for a $1,000-per-person fundraiser at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo. The hosts are Phil and Sharon Lebherz of Portola Valley; Phil Lebherz is chairman of a company that provides support and services for health insurance brokers.

It’ll be her fourth consecutive fundraising day in California – she’ll be in Los Angeles on Monday, Orange County on Tuesday and San Diego on Wednesday – but it doesn’t appear that she’ll do any public events in the Golden State. She’s been doing plenty of those in early caucus and primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire – in fact, she’ll be back in Iowa next Saturday, June 6, as one of at least seven GOP presidential candidates attending U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride.”

Today Fiorina is in South Carolina, trying to cast herself as a counterpoint to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by holding a news conference and speaking to the South Carolina Republican Legislative Caucus.

“Our events tomorrow are all open to the press,” Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah Flores wrote in an email to reporters Tuesday. “And by open press, we mean we’ll actually take questions. That’s right. We’ve answered hundreds of questions from reporters because we believe the American people will not and should not elect a president that can’t answer for her record, won’t explain her positions or for whom the truth is whatever she can get away with.”

A Field Poll released last week found Fiorina has the support of about 3 percent of likely voters in next year’s California Republican primary, ranking her ninth in the GOP field. A national poll conducted by Fox News earlier this month found her with 1 percent support, ranked 13th.

Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Carly Fiorina’s first presidential video

While Hillary Clinton was in Santa Clara on Tuesday calling for gender equity in Silicon Valley, one of the tech industries foremost female ex-CEOs was launching her first presidential campaign video.

Carly Fiorina, who led HP from 1999 to 2005 and was California’s 2010 Republican U.S. Senate nominee, talks in the two-minute video about her career, America, family, faith and conservatism – with nary a demon sheep in sight.

The video is from the newly formed super PAC Carly for America, which the Washington Post reports is laying the groundwork for a potential candidacy. It coincides with Fiorina’s scheduled appearance Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a four-day event in Maryland featuring a slew of possible presidential contenders.

Fiorina – no longer a Californian, having moved to Virginia a few years ago – has been setting the stage for a campaign for the past several months by speaking at conferences, visiting early-primary states, and wooing potential contributors and staffers.

So far, she’s having trouble finding traction and name recognition; most polls of the potential Republican field don’t include her. It’s very early, of course, and she has time to get her name out there – but if she’s actually angling for something other than the Oval Office, it might be useful to remember Fiorina about a year ago joined the advisory board of a pro-Rick Perry “dark money” group.

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Carly for President? BRING ON THE DEMON SHEEP!

My colleague Michelle Quinn reports today on the possibility that Carly Fiorina, the former HP CEO who was California’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, might be exploring a presidential bid.

Me, I just hope that if she does, she once again hires Fred Davis to do her campaign videos, since he’s the creator of the BEST CAMPAIGN VIDEOS EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I was just looking for an excuse to post these again. Deal with it.

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Carly Fiorina to advise Rick Perry-related group

Former California Republican U.S. Senate nominee and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has signed on to advise a “dark money” group tied to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Carly FiorinaFiorina, 59, of Virginia, will serve on the advisory board of Americans for Economic Freedom, a “501(c)(4) that examines and promotes policies that work to create opportunity, and does not engage in direct political advocacy,” according to its news release.

The Houston Chronicle reported the group’s founding last September as “aimed at helping Gov. Rick Perry lay the foundation for a another presidential run” and launched with “more than $200,000 in leftover cash from a now-defunct Super PAC that raised millions for Perry’s failed 2012 bid.” The group can take unlimited, completely anonymous contributions; Perry strategist Jeff Miller, a former major fundraiser for California Republicans, is its CEO.

“From small business owners to CEOs, business leaders have a deep understanding of the policies that help create jobs, opportunity and innovation,” Miller said in Wednesday’s news release. “We are proud to have Carly’s guidance on our board, and look forward to our continued efforts to promote policies that bolster economic freedom and strengthen the U.S.”

Fiorina said that as a businesswoman, “I’m proud to stand with an organization that values and understands the prosperity that is created through smart economic policies. I look forward to working with AEF to increase our understanding of how to create American jobs and focus on economic growth.”

Fiorina, formerly of Los Altos Hills, was chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. In 2010, she defeated former Rep. Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the GOP senatorial primary, and then lost to incumbent Barbara Boxer that November.

She became a vice-chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in mid-2011 in order to help Republicans in their failed bid to retake control of the U.S. Senate in 2012; she also co-chaired the California campaign of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Last September, she was named chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation.

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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Carly Fiorina will chair conservative foundation

Carly Fiorina – the former Hewlett Packard CEO who was U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Republican challenger in 2010 – has been named chairwoman of the American Conservative Union’s educational arm.

ACU Chairman Al Cardenas on Tuesday announced his appointment of Fiorina, 59, who now lives in Virginia, to chair the American Conservative Union Foundation; she’ll succeed current chairwoman Cleta Mitchell on Oct. 1.

Carly Fiorina “I very much look forward to reaching out to all Americans – whether they think of themselves as conservatives or not – and engaging in a conversation about why the principles of personal liberty and personal responsibility simply work better,” Fiorina said in the ACU’s news release. “Bloated and unaccountable bureaucracies cannot make better decisions than families and entrepreneurs can make for themselves.”

The ACU’s release said “Fiorina’s conservative philosophy has been battle-tested on Wall Street and Main Street.”

“It’s one thing to be a conservative among friends; it’s quite another to be an unapologetic public conservative in California,” Cardenas said. “At this pivotal moment for our nation’s economy, we look forward to Carly’s razor sharp insights into restoring prosperity and entrepreneurship to America.”

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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A few upcoming Bay Area political events

Julian Castro at DNCThis Saturday, March 16, the Peralta Community College District presents the second installment of the 2012/2013 Barbara Lee-Elihu Harris Lecture Series with a speech from Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Tex., and a featured speaker at last year’s Democratic National Convention. Castro’s address on “Moving Forward… Together” is co-produced by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and Merritt College. The 7 p.m. event at the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, is free of charge but space is limited and so reservations are encouraged; call 510-434-3988.

Carly FiorinaOn Thursday, March 21, former HP CEO and 2010 Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina will speak to the Commonwealth Club of California on “our financial future and the next tech revolution.” The club says Fiorina, now chairwoman of Good360.com and a CNBC contributor, “will share her thoughts on how the U.S. and California are performing in terms of innovation, job creation and economic growth.” Tickets to the 7 p.m. event at the Schutlz Cultural Hall in the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, cost $20 for the public, $12 for club members or $7 for students with valid ID, and are available online.

George MillerAnd way out on May 4, donors are invited to help Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, celebrate his 68th birthday (which actually is May 17) at a fundraiser with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, at the Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. The event aims “to support George’s re-election campaign and George and Nancy’s efforts to win back the House of Representatives,” the invitation says. Tickets start at $125 each.

Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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