• Carly Fiorina Takes Media Questions Outside Clinton Event

    Hillary Clinton was in South Carolina on Wednesday — and so was Carly Fiorina.

    Fiorina is capitalizing on simultaneous campaign swings through South Carolina with Clinton to create a contrast between her and the Democratic front runner, particularly Clinton’s tenuous relationship with the press.

    Clinton has been dogged by her lack of press availability, having recently gone more than 27 days without taking questions from the press, while Fiorina is welcoming reporters with open arms.

    The former Senate candidate and Hewlett Packard CEO criticized Clinton as a career politician and hit her on foreign policy and equal pay, outside the same hotel where Clinton planned to host a round-table with minority women small-business owners less than two hours later.

    “Hillary Clinton is the personification of the professional class,” Fiorina said. “We need a nominee who can ask her these questions.”

    Fiorina shrugged off the suggestion that she followed Clinton to South Carolina, asserting her trip had been planned for weeks around a luncheon with the state Republican Legislative Caucus.

    “Perhaps she’s following me. I have never been following Mrs. Clinton,” she said.

    Fiorina answered reporters’ questions for 10 minutes then appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Report,” where she claimed Clinton’s record falls short even though Clinton has been praised as a “role model” for women.

    “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,” she said of the Syrian president who is accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.

    Fiorina said as president she would provide more concrete help to Middle Eastern leaders in their fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and accused Clinton of insufficiently addressing her role in the collapse in Iraq that has led to the rise of ISIS.

    She also lamented the seniority system at the federal government that she believes holds women back from getting equal pay for equal work.

    “A seniority system, which exists in the federal government, that allows a man to watch pornography all day long in the federal government and earn the same pay, pension, and benefits as a woman sitting next to him trying to do a good job, that is not equal pay for equal work,” she said on MSNBC.

    “So before a federal government or Hillary Clinton — who by her own measures is not paying women equally in her own office, nor is President Obama — before they lecture others, maybe they ought to look into their own offices or look into the seniority system in the federal government.”

    The Republican presidential field is expected to swell ahead of the first GOP debate on Fox News in August. The network has said it will only include the top 10 candidates and the next few months are crucial for Fiorina as she fights to earn a spot in the debate.

    She is currently polling outside of the top 10, but she pushed back at Andrea Mitchell’s assertion that she won’t have enough support to debate in August.

    “Why do you assume I’m going to be kept out?” she asked Mitchell on MSNBC. “The debates are not for another 11 weeks. I’m actually glad to have a goal. I’m glad to have clarity about what it takes to get to that stage. And I will work very hard to meet the goal.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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