Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and current 2016 GOP presidential candidate, made a name for herself with the public during the ‘happy hour’ debate on Fox News last Thursday. The former secretary turned CEO of a Fortune 500 company, who many view as the epitome of the achievement of the American dream, is believed to have won that debate to such a large degree that many believe she showed that she is indeed a top tier candidate.
But, footage that has been recirculating around social media of a 2013 appearance by Fiorina on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper could have a negative effect on the gains that she has made in the polls and with potential voters.
At the time of her appearance, Fiorina had just joined the American Conservative Union, a group that has been criticized by many in the grassroots to be more RINO establishment than truly conservative, as the chairwoman of their educational arm. She joined Tapper to offer an analysis of the 21-hour long filibuster led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to stop Obamacare.
The filibuster led to a partial government shutdown, 82% of the government was still operational, that was sold to an American people as a disastrous full government shutdown. The Campaign of Pain that Barack Obama waged against the American people during that time helped perpetuate that narrative and belief that the entire government was shut down completely. Carly Fiorina, in her analysis of Ted Cruz’s filibuster, contributed to this false perception and, in the process, demonized Ted Cruz as a “flamethrower.”
“You know, if President Obama had wanted to avoid a government shutdown, then he should have negotiated. He should have had the meeting he’s having today two or three months ago. Everybody could see this trainwreck coming. I actually feel badly for John Boehner. I think this is Ted Cruz and President Obama shutdown. Ted Cruz’s tactics were wrong. There’s no honor in charging a hill that you know you can’t take, only casualities, although Ted Cruz maybe got name recognition and money along the way. But, President Obama wanted this shutdown and Ted Cruz played right into his hands.”
Was Fiorina saying she doesn’t think that standing on principle and fighting against something you believe to be wrong, the is Constitutionally incorrect, is not worth it?
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She continued, “And the thing is, you and I (referencing Tapper) have talked about negotiating before. If you want to negotiate with someone, you have to empower them. President Obama has done everything possible to disempower the reasonable people that he’s trying to negotiate with and he’s done everything possible to say, I was amazed to hear him say ‘I’ve kept my rhetoric down.’ My goodness, he’s been on campaign style speeches the last three months saying over and over again, ‘I will not negotiate. I will not negotiate. I will not negotiate.’”
Then came the attack against Ted Cruz, one that is reminiscent of language used by the Left.
“When you say that, you empower the flamethrowers,” Fiorina contended.
She didn’t just stop at Ted Cruz with her intense criticism. In speaking about the caucus, likely those who backed Ted Cruz’s filibuster, she said that there are “elements of his caucus that are much more extreme than other elements of his caucus.”
Watch Fiorina, whose remarks begin at the 1:10 mark. Her analysis will leave some wondering where she truly stands when it comes to Obamacare and whether she would refuse to fight against something unconstitutional because she thinks it is a battle that can’t be won.