Possible Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina lashed into probable Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last night on Fox News:
The first question Fiorina was asked had to do with ongoing questions about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address. "Well, look, I think that Hillary Clinton in her core believes this is a partisan issue, the vast right-wing conspiracy," Fiorina responded. "And what she fails to understand is that transparency and trust are a core part of leadership. It's through transparency that trust is built. Trust in a leader's competence, in their capability, in their character. Trust that their actions match their words. And so while Hillary Clinton is acting offended that we're asking these basic questions, remember, this is the same woman who told us that Benghazi was as a result of an L.A. videographer and demonstration gone bad. So why should we trust her now? When in essence, all she said to us is, just trust me, I did the right thing."
Fiorina added, "If I am the nominee, Benghazi, and the email-gate, and her entire track record will be the issue in the 2016 campaign. But let's remember, what she said in Benghazi for a month, following that purposeful terrorist attack, where it's now clear the State Department knew it was a purposeful terrorist attack. Nevertheless, she told us, no, actually, it was a demonstration gone bad. She apologized many times, and told the world that we didn't intend to offend Muslims. A year later, we had arrested one guy, and that's still all we've ever done. And Hillary Clinton went before Congress and asked angrily, What difference does it make why they died? Why would we trust her, given that track record?"
The possible candidate made her case to be the Republican nominee. "Hillary Clinton will be their nominee, and we have to have a nominee on our side with the courage and the conviction to take the fight to her every time. What is her track record? What are her accomplishments? What are her beliefs? What are her values? What is the consequence of her principles?"
Sean Hannity, the Fox host, responded, "You said she's a woman of no accomplishment. She's a former secretary of state, former senator. No accomplishments?"
"Yes, it's true. And you know, well, titles are not accomplishments, Sean. Titles are not accomplishments. I've had a lot of titles. They're just titles. They're just positions. What counts is, what have you done? What have you accomplished? And in particular, what have you, Mrs. Clinton, accomplished on behalf of the American people? Have you kept us safer? No. What have you accomplished honestly on behalf of women and girls, which she talks a lot about?"
Hannity then asked Fiorina about Clinton accepting money for her foundation from countries with bad track records on women's issues. "Well, let's just start by saying that clearly there's a very troubling issue here of conflict of interest when these foreign governments are putting money into the Clinton Foundation, while she is secretary of state and knowing that she has ambition to be president, let's just start with that. Secondly, I must say, as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels to Silicon Valley, a place where I worked for a long time, and lectures Silicon Valley companies on women's rights and technology and yet sees nothing wrong with taking money from the Algerian government, which really denies women the most basic human rights. This is called, Sean, hypocrisy."
Hannity titled the possible candidate "one of Hillary's most outspoken critics."
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