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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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Romney rolls out California leadership team

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, completing a campaigning and fundraising swing through California today, announced his leadership team for the Golden State.

Former governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian will serve as honorary statewide chairman, while the statewide chairs will be 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee and current HP CEO Meg Whitman; House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield; Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista; Rep. Mary Bono-Mack, R-Palm Springs; Rep Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita; congressional candidate and state Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark; and 2010 GOP U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina of Los Altos Hills. McCarthy’s and Fiorina’s endorsements were announced yesterday.

“It is an honor to have so much support from such distinguished leaders in California,” Romney said in a news release. “This is further proof that my pro-growth message is resonating with voters and that Californians want a conservative businessman to replace President Obama. I look forward to their counsel in my efforts to bring back jobs and restore fiscal sanity in Washington.”

Wilson said this election “is too important for our party to nominate a candidate without the real-world economic experience and proven track record that Mitt Romney has demonstrated throughout this campaign and throughout his life.”

“The members of his California Leadership Team have already been hard at work spreading his pro-growth message and working to ensure that President Obama is defeated in November,” Wilson added. “I am proud to be a part of this team and encourage my fellow Republicans to unite behind the one candidate we know can beat President Obama and create an economic climate that will bring jobs back to California.”

Romney did a campaign event yesterday morning in San Diego before holding fundraising events there and in Redwood City. Today, he’s doing fundraisers in Stockton, Irvine and Los Angeles, and will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Five California polls conducted in the past seven weeks have shown Romney establishing a strong lead over his competitors Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Under: 2012 presidential election, Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Republican politics | 6 Comments »

Carly Fiorina to keynote anti-abortion group’s gala

Carly Fiorina, California’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010, will give the keynote address at the 40th anniversary gala of Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion-rights group.

Fiorina 6-17-10 in Sacramento (AP Photo)The former Hewlett Packard CEO, 57, of Los Altos Hills, will deliver the speech Nov. 2 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Fiorina was named in July as a vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, charged with fundraising for GOP candidates in the 2012 cycle.

“As the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, Carly Fiorina has lived a life of accomplishment and achievement that beautifully demonstrates that being pro-life is pro-woman,” AUL President and CEO Charmaine Yoest said in a news release issued early this morning. “We are honored to have Carly articulate her vision of moving forward toward restoring a culture of life while celebrating AUL’s four decades of pro-life victories.”

AUL’s release said the gala will celebrate “the accomplishments of four decades serving as the nation’s premier pro-life legal team and as the source of much of the pro-life model legislation that has had such an impact across the country.” It lists among its milestones successfully defending the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court, “establishing the intellectual groundwork for fetal homicide laws enacted in 37 states,” reducing abortions state by state through its model legislation, leading the fight against assisted suicide and testifying in state legislatures and the last two U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The event’s honorary co-chairs are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; and Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Individual tickets cost $500 each while sponsorships range up to $25,000, all available online.

Fiorina outlined her anti-abortion stance to the San Francisco Chronicle in April 2010:

“I myself was not able to have children of my own, and so I know what a precious gift life is,” Fiorina said. She helped raised two stepchildren, the daughters of her second husband, Frank Fiorina. One, Lori Ann Fiorina, 35, died last year.

“My husband’s mother was told to abort him,” Fiorina said. “She spent a year in the hospital after his birth. My husband is the joy of her life, and he is the rock of my life. So those experiences have shaped my view.

“I recognize that a lot of women disagree with me on that,” Fiorina said. “But I also know that women in general are not single-issue voters. When I talk to women on this, it’s not the issue that is on the table in this election.”

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
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Carly Fiorina to help run GOP’s 2012 Senate push

Will the Demon Sheep campaign method be writ large upon next year’s Senate elections? 2010 Republican senatorial nominee Carly Fiorina has become a vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, chairman U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced this morning.

Fiorina 6-17-10 in Sacramento (AP Photo)The NRSC’s news release said Fiorina, serving with Cornyn and NRSC Vice Chairman U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, “will amplify Senate Republicans’ focus on healing America’s troubled economy, and assist with the NRSC’s crucial fundraising efforts in support of a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.”

“I’m pleased to welcome my friend Carly Fiorina to the NRSC team, where her many business and civic achievements will make her an invaluable leader and fundraiser during this critical election cycle,” Cornyn, R-Texas, said in the release. “I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama’s failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth and job creation Americans so badly need.”

Fiorina said the Senate sets the nation’s legislative agenda and she’s proud to work with the NRSC to restore a GOP majority next year. “Republicans in the Senate will provide job creators the opportunities and environment they need to grow our economy, decentralize power out of Washington, and restore fiscal accountability.”

The former HP chairwoman and CEO first got her feet wet in politics supporting 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. She defeated former congressman Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, in the June 2010 GOP primary, but lost in November to incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., by 10 percentage points.

UPDATE @ 2:48 P.M.: “Carly Fiorina laid off thousands and outsourced good American jobs overseas, but that didn’t stop national Republicans from investing millions in her campaign last year, which she lost by double digits, or hiring her today,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Press Secretary Shripal Shah said today. “Apparently, Republicans are not only protecting tax breaks for millionaires, they’re also finding them jobs.”

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Under: Carly Fiorina, Republican politics, U.S. Senate | 3 Comments »