"I am Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare," Carly Fiorina said during the third Republican debate. It was Fiorina's chance to stand out from the crowd of male candidates in Colorado, but it's clear she has her eyes on her potential Democratic opponent. After defending her record as HP's CEO and explaining her three-page tax plan, Fiorina turned to women voters and promised to be a better president for them than the other woman running for president.
Taking on Hillary Clinton directly, Carly said: "It is the height of hypocrisy for Mrs. Clinton to talk about being the first woman president when every single policy she espouses — and every single policy of President Obama — has been demonstrably bad for women." She then listed off some statistics, claiming that 92 percent of people who lost their jobs during Obama's first term were women. (That exact figure has been brought into question.) It appears that Hillary was tuning in from home and tweeting to remind people what she does stand for:
We need to fight for policies that break down barriers to good jobs and help balance work and family: equal pay, child care, and paid leave.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 29, 2015
So what would a President Fiorina look like? In a Facebook post last Spring, she maintained that she's against gender discrimination: "We have laws on the books today that ban gender discrimination, and if a woman is being discriminated against because of her gender, she should use the full extent of that law." But she also thinks companies, not the government, should solve the equal pay gap by rewarding merit more than seniority. She is against Obamacare and doesn't support government-guaranteed family leave. She also opposes Planned Parenthood but does think birth control should be available over the counter.
Here are some of her top moments from the third debate:
On her CEO record:
"The truth is, I had to make some tough calls in some tough times. I think, actually, people are looking for that in Washington now. And yes, I was fired over a disagreement in the boardroom. There are politics in the boardroom as well.
And yet the man who led my firing, Tom Perkins, an icon of Silicon Valley, has come out publicly and said, 'You know what? We were wrong. She was right. She was a great CEO. She'd be a great president of the United States because the leadership she brought to HP is exactly the leadership we need in Washington, D.C.'"
On making the tax code three pages, instead of 73,000:
"Only if it's about three pages are you leveling the playing field between the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well-connected who can hire the armies of lawyers and accountants and, yes, lobbyists to help them navigate their way through 73,000 pages.
Three pages is about the maximum that a single business owner or a farmer or just a couple can understand without hiring somebody. Almost 60 percent of American people now need to hire an expert to understand their taxes."