Carly Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010, but was defeated by Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Fiorina announced her campaign for the Republican nomination in May 2015 on the “Good Morning America” news program.
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- Frank Sadler: Campaign Manager. Formerly at Koch Industries. Sadler recently worked at the public affairs firm Cove Strategies.
- Steve DeMaura: Executive Director, Carly for America super PAC. He is also the President of Americans for Job Security, a pro-business 501(c)(6) criticized for not revealing its donors.
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"We could rebuild the Sixth Fleet. I will. We haven’t. We could rebuild the missile defense program. We haven’t. I will. We could also, to Senator Rubio’s point, give the Egyptians what they’ve asked for, which is intelligence. We could give the Jordanians what they’ve asked for… …bombs and materiel. We have not supplied it……I will. We could arm the Kurds. They’ve been asking us for three years. All of this is within our control.” (September 2015, CNN Debate)
"It is a sad chapter of American history when President Obama and Secretaries Kerry and Clinton are more concerned with their legacy than they are with our national security. Unfortunately, this behavior is no longer unexpected; it continues six years of alienating our allies, weakening our international stature, and negotiating with states who have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted." (April 2015, Fox News Op-Ed)
"One of the things I would immediately do, in addition to defeating them here at home, is bring back the warrior class — Petraeus, McChrystal, Mattis, Keane, Flynn. Every single one of these generals I know. Every one was retired early because they told President Obama things that he didn’t want to hear. We must have Sunni-Arabs involved in this coalition." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)
“There are a whole host of things that we should have done that we have not done and unfortunately I think Obama has managed to polarize the debate about what to do with ISIS with a false choice.” (November 2015, Fox Business)
“Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy because what ISIS wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally.” (Oct 2015, New Hampshire town hall)
"Syria and Russia, who have had a longstanding relationship, Iran and Iraq are forming an unholy alliance. Russia’s intentions are to shore up and stabilize the Assad regime. ISIS is sort of a camouflage." (September 2015,Fox News Insider)
"When 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded on the beaches of Egypt, it was the President of Egypt, President Al-Sisi — a very brave and pious Muslim — who went into Cairo to visit with the most powerful imams and told them that Islam was in need of a religious revolution. He knew that they must condemn radical Islam and call it what it is: a cancer at the heart of their religion. We have to know what we’re up against if we are to defeat it. I, like President Obama, will hold a Camp David summit, but not to talk our allies into a bad deal with Iran to cement my legacy. Instead, I will discuss with our Arab allies how we can support them in their fight against ISIS. They know this is their fight but they must see leadership and resolve and support from us. We will arm the Kurds as they have been requesting for three long years. I will provide King Abdullah, a fine man, with the bombs and materiel he has requested — instead of putting him in a position to turn to China for help. I will share intelligence with the Egyptians as they have requested. The Kurds, the Jordanians, the Egyptians, and the Saudis are fighting ISIS on the ground as we speak. President Obama told us his administration would spend $500 million to train 3,000 troops within the next year. We’ve trained 60. That’s simply unacceptable. And what do we see now? ISIS is gaining traction. The FBI now tells us they are more dangerous than al Qaeda. Secretary Clinton and President Obama declared victory in Iraq in 2011 and withdrew. They watched while ISIS grew, and a growing crisis is now spiraling out of control." (September 2015, Medium op-ed)
"Instead of having a Camp David conference to talk our Arab allies into a bad deal with Iran, I would have a Camp David conference to talk with our Arab allies about how we can support them to fight ISIS. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years. We still have not. The Jordanians have been asking us to provide them with bombs and materiel. There are a whole set of things we've been asked to do by our allies, who know this is their fight, and we're not doing any of them.” (May 2015, Weekly Standard)
After the Paris terrorist attacks, Fiorina referenced Syrian refugees saying, "We cannot determine who they are or what their intentions are.” (November 2015, Federation of Republican Women)
“As pitiful as these pictures are of mothers and their children – as pitiful as they are – the truth is this: The vast majority of these refugees are young, able-bodied men looking for work. And we do not have a moral obligation to provide everybody looking for work with an opportunity to work. So let’s start with that.” (November 2015, Federation of Republican Women)
"The United States honestly, sadly, cannot relax our entrance criteria. We are having to be very careful about who we let enter this country from these war torn regions to ensure that terrorists are not coming here. I think the Europeans need to continue to step up here both in terms of the amount of money they provide for humanitarian relief. They have not done as much as the United States has done on that front." (September 2015, CBS interview)
“The United States, I believe, has done its fair share in terms of humanitarian aid. We are having to be very careful about who we let enter this country from these war-torn regions to ensure that terrorists are not coming here.” (September 2015, CBS's Face the Nation)
"[The United States has] never had a strategy in Syria. The U.S. should set up a buffer zone, arm the Kurds, implement a no fly zone, and collaborate with Turkey." (October 2014, Politico)
"I think Syria is an example where that false choice has been offered over and over again. There are things we could have done in Syria. We could have provided more help to the rebels when there were moderate rebels there. We could have joined more effectively with Turkey instead of fighting against the things that Turkey wanted to do. We did none of that." (April 2015, Remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies)
“On my first day in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls. The first will be to my friend Bibi Netanyahu. I will reassure him that the United States will always stand with the State of Israel." (September 2015, Medium op-ed / 2nd Republican Debate)
"This administration has made the world a more dangerous place by the way they have treated Israel.” (May 2015, Breitbart)
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"On day one in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls, the first to my good friend to Bibi Netanyahu to reassure him we will stand with the state of Israel. The second, to the supreme leader, to tell him that unless and until he opens every military and every nuclear facility to real anytime, anywhere inspections by our people, not his, we, the United States of America, will make it as difficult as possible and move money around the global financial system." (September 2015, 2nd Republican Debate)
“We are going to impose sanctions, specifically making it very difficult for them to move money throughout the global financial system, which we have a fair amount of influence over, unless and until they open themselves up to full and unfettered inspections, as they agreed to do, per the unanimously passed UN resolution, and which they have never done.” (May 2015, Breitbart)
"It would be different if Iran was a good actor and had negotiated in good faith all this time but they haven't and we've caved many times. I've never negotiated an Iran nuclear deal, but I've negotiated a lot of high-stakes deals, and there are a couple of rules and every rule has been broken. If you want a good deal, you've got to walk away sometimes. We never did." (July 2015, CBS News.)
“When America does not lead, the world is a dangerous and a tragic place. This is a bad deal. Obama broke every rule of negotiation. Yes, our allies are not perfect, but Iran is at the heart of most of the evil that is going on in the Middle East through their proxy.” (August 2015, Fox News Debate)
“On day one in the Oval Office, I would make two phone calls. The first one would be to my good friend, Bibi Netanyahu, to reassure him we will stand with the State of Israel. The second will be to the supreme leader of Iran. He might not take my phone call, but he would get the message, and the message is this: Until you open every nuclear and every military facility to full, open, anytime/anywhere, for real, inspections, we are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system.” (August 2015, Fox News Debate)
When asked if automatic voter registration is a good initiative, Fiorina said “I don’t think it’s a good idea unless there are some safeguards on who is registering. We know, for example, in a state like New Hampshire, people drive across the border from Massachusetts, register the same day and vote and then drive back home to Massachusetts. We know that goes on.” (June 2015, The Guardian interview)
"Those of terror watch lists should be indicted and thus prevented from buying guns." (December 2015, Fox News)
In response to whether Kim Davis' actions were justified, Fiorina said, “I think that we must protect religious liberties with great passion and be willing to expend a lot of political capital to do so now, because it’s clear religious liberty is under assault in many, many ways. Having said that, when you are a government employee, I think you take on a different role. When you are a government employee as opposed to say, an employee of another kind of organization, then in essence, you are agreeing to act as an arm of the government.” (September 2015, Hugh Hewitt Show)
“I think this is a nation that should be able to accept that government shouldn’t discriminate on how it provides benefits and that people have a right to their religious views and those views need to be protected. We need to protect religious liberty in this country” (May 2015, Caffeinated Thoughts interview)
“And I think when we get into trouble on this debate when we assume that people who support gay marriage are open and compassionate, and people who don't are not. It's why I believe the right way to solve these very personal issues is to let people vote on them, don't have judges decide it, don't even have representative government decide it, let people vote on it in the states. I think people of both points of view, accept the democratic process. What they don't always accept is a bunch of self-important, self-appointed judges saying this is culturally the new norm.” (2012, ABC News)
"For heaven’s sakes, every parent in America is checking social media and every employer is as well, but our government can’t do it." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)
"Let’s examine what happened, why did we miss the Tsarnaev brothers, why did we miss the San Bernardino couple? It wasn’t because we had stopped collecting metadata it was because, I think, as someone who comes from the technology world, we were using the wrong algorithms..." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)
"To solve the problem, we need to do something here at home and something over there in their caliphate. We need to deny them territory. But here at home, we need to do two fundamental things. Number one, we need to recognize that technology has moved on. The Patriot Act was signed in 2001, roughly... Technology has moved on, and the terrorists have moved on with it… We need the private sector’s help, because government is not innovating. Technology is running ahead by leaps and bound. The private sector will help, just as I helped after 9/11. But they must be engaged, and they must be asked. I will ask them. I know them." (December 2015, CNN GOP Debate)
On how HP worked with the NSA following 9/11, Fiorina said, “I felt it was my duty to help, and so we did. They were ramping up a whole set of programs and needed a lot of data crunching capability to try and monitor a whole set of threats... What I knew at the time was our nation had been attacked.” (September 2015, Yahoo News interview)
“I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases. And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.” (September 2015, Yahoo News interview)
“We need to be very well aware of the fact that China and Russia are using technology to attack us, just as ISIS is using technology to recruit those who would murder American citizens. I do not believe that we need to wholesale destroy every American citizen's privacy in order to go after those that we know are suspect or are -- are already a problem.” (August 2015, Fox News Debate)
“First of all, of course all lives matter. Secondly, black lives have been diminished under Democratic policies. That's just true.” (August 2015, Fox News)
“Any situation in which police are engaged in violence, then police must be held accountable.” (May 2015, Fox News)
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When asked about her opinion about Ben Carson's comment that he would not support a Muslim being president, Fiorina said, “Well, I think that’s wrong. It says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office. It’s also true that this country is founded on the principle that we judge each individual, and that anyone of any faith is welcome here. I actually believe that people of faith make better leaders, whether they’re Christians, as I am… My faith has sustained me through some very bad times. I battled cancer, I’ve lost a child. I’ve been tested. But whether it’s a person of Christian faith, or Jewish faith, or Muslim faith, or other faiths, I think faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism, and I think those are important things.”
“You would be fine with that,” Fallon asked about the Muslim-being-president notion.
“Yes, I would be fine with that,” Fiorina reasserted. (September 2015, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon)
"Women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this country." (September 2015, 2nd Republican Debate)
“[About post-9/11] And as a business leader, I experienced a whole other set of emotions … concern for the security of our employees who are of Middle Eastern descent or who practice the Muslim religion here in the US and abroad.” (June 2015, Chicago Monitor.)
"As to birthright citizenship……the truth is, you can’t just wave your hands and say 'the 14th Amendment is gonna go away.' It will take an extremely arduous vote in Congress, followed by two-thirds of the states, and if that doesn’t work to amend the Constitution, then it is a long, arduous process in court. And meanwhile, what will continue to go on is what has gone on for 25 years. With all due respect, Mr. Trump, we’ve been talking about illegal immigration for 25 years. San Francisco has been a sanctuary city since 1989. There are 300 of them." (September 2015, 2nd Republican Debate)
"It would take passing a constitutional amendment to get that changed [birthright citizenship]. It's part of our 14th Amendment. So honestly, I think we should put all of our energies, all of our political will into finally getting the border secured and fixing the legal immigration." (August 2015, MSNBC)
"The people who worked hard to earn citizenship the right way are totally committed to this country. I think it isn't fair to say to people who've worked hard to earn the privilege of citizenship that 'Never mind. Never mind that you played by the rules.’ People who didn't get to have the same privileges that you do." (May 2015, CNN)
“I think the privilege of citizenship should be left to those who worked hard and did it the right way.” (May 2015, Breitbart)