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June 26, 2015, 1:53 pm

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina woos, wows Colorado Republicans

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina and Carl Cannon with RealClearPolitics at the Brown Palace in Denver on Friday. (Lynn Bartels, The Denver Post)

Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina and Carl Cannon with RealClearPolitics at the Brown Palace in Denver on Friday. (Lynn Bartels, The Denver Post)

Carly Fiorina told Colorado Republicans Friday morning she supports civil unions but not gay marriage, health care policy should be left up to the states and to let “The Donald go do what The Donald’s going to do.”

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the only woman running for president in a crowded Republicans field, got her first round of applause when she talked about energy, which drives Colorado’s economy.

“We should be, we could be, we must be, we will be, if I am president of the United states, a global energy powerhouse in the 21st century,” she said.


Fiorina spoke at the Brown Palace in Denver at an event sponsored by RealClearPolitics. She also will address the Western Conservative Summit, which kicks off its three-day gathering in Denver on Friday. She received a warm reception — state Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, cheered as Fiorina took the stage after being introduced by Carl Cannon, the Washington bureau chief for RealClearPolitics.

“I like her because she’s not a politician,” said Buck, who was one of a number of Republican state lawmakers who attended the event. “I like her business smarts and the economy is the most important thing. I do think she has some great international experience that I don’t think some of the other candidates have.”

Fiorina has taken on the Democrats’ frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in various speeches since announcing in May she was seeking the GOP nomination for president.

Here’s some of what Fiorina had to say:


I support civil unions and I have for a very long time because I do not believe government can discriminate in any way. Everyone should be protected equally under the law. It’s why I provided benefits to same-sex couples way back in 1999 when I came to Hewlett Packard.

On the other hand, marriage means something very specific. I do not think it is the purview of five people on the Supreme court, unelected and unaccountable, to think in their hubris that they have the power to change that. I hope that after this decision we will focus on preserving and protecting religious liberty because there are millions of people who disagree with this decision. I’m one of those people who believes marriage is between a man and a woman.


Whatever you thought of the Supreme Court ruling, set that aside. Here are the facts about Obamacare. The law itself was longer than a Harry Potter novel and not nearly as interesting. It was accompanied by tens of thousands pages of regulations. No one understands it. We need to repeal it because it’s too complicated. My own view is we let states manage high-risk pools.

I’m a cancer survivor — I understand you can’t bankrupt the families with pre-existing conditions. If people truly need help we need to give them that. (But the decision needs to be made) in the states, as close as possible to the people impacted by the decisions.


Let the Donald go do what the Donald’s going to do. I’m going train my fire on Hillary Clinton, on the policies she is trying to lay out for this nation, and talk about why our values and our principles work better to unlock the potential of every American in this country.


* I truly know from having lived and worked all over the world that only in this nation can a young woman start out typing and filing and answering the phones, go on to become the chief executive officer of the largest technology company of the world and run for the presidency of the United States.

* I’m not a professional politician but I’m not a political neophyte. I played a very active role in two presidential campaigns, I ran my own Senate campaign in the state of California. I spent last year helping other people win, including here in Colorado with Cory Gardner.

* Of course my business record is fair game. I led Hewlett-Packard for six years. It was a very difficult time. We had the dot.com bust, 9/11, the worst technology recession in 25 years.


You have to let shareholders vote on it and you have to be utterly transparent. Those were the rules that applied when I was the chief executive. I changed the rule so shareholders would vote on my pay.

But I don’t hear Hillary ever saying a baseball player makes too much, a Hollywood mogul makes too much, my husband made too much when he got $500,000 for a speech, gee, it wasn’t right that we accepted tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments while I was secretary of state.


How is is that the Office of Personnel Management couldn’t manage to push back against a Chinese cyber attack. I’ve advised two secretaries of defense, a secretary of state, a secretary of homeland security. We have known without a doubt for at least 12 years that the Chinese were trying to hack into our federal government databases. Now we have 18 million people’s most personal records in the hands of the Chinese. That, ladies and gentleman, is ineptitude.

Afterward, Fiorina received rave reviews.

“I’m pro Carly, very much so,” said state Rep. Jack Tate of Cetennial. “I think she has a depth of intellect and a record of accomplishment that makes her stand out among all the candidates.”

Debbie Brown with the Colorado Women’s Alliance said, “I get more impressed every day.” She also said she found it interesting that Fiorina doesn’t shy away from the press.  

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