Carly Fiorina: Women Will Respond to Right GOP Message

Monday, 11 Aug 2014 06:29 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The founder of a new conservative women's political group says she's not concerned about losing supporters to Hillary Clinton should the former secretary of state run for president.

"In some ways, I would say it may sound like a flip answer, but in some ways I would say I don't think Hillary Clinton matters a bit to these efforts,'' Carly Fiorina said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, recently launched the Unlocking Potential Project, which is focusing on bringing more center-right women into the voting process in six key states.

"Women are most persuaded by women they know, [and] sometimes respond to an issue portrayed slightly differently than men do,'' she said, citing the Affordable Care Act as an example.

"With Obamacare, a woman is more likely to be moved by a message that says, 'You know what? You will lose access to your doctor, or you already have.' What about the hospital that used to be in-network and no longer is? What about the fact that women ages 55 to 64 are going to face the largest increase in insurance premiums of any group?

"I don't think it's necessarily about the gender of the candidate. It's about the caliber of the message and whether or not we deliver our message in personal, empathetic terms that people can relate to.''

The states on Fiorina's list have key Senate races: New Hampshire, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia.

She said women have suffered under liberal policies.

"Women do not, for example, lack access to free birth control. They do not lack access to abortion,'' Fiorina said. "What they do lack access to now as a result of Obamacare in too many cases is their doctor ... their hospital ... procedures that their doctors would recommend. What they lack access to is opportunity.''

Fiorina insisted that her organization is not a "single-issue, special-interest group.''

"Every issue is a woman's issue. We care about the economy, we care about the debt, we care about education, we care about jobs,'' she said.

"We're training women to go out and engage in conversations, we're giving them training and collateral and help. We're going to measure our results so we know what works, so we can keep doing it over and over again.''

As Newsmax previously reported, Fiorina, who chairs the American Conservative Union Foundation, plans a political assault against Democrats who used a "war on women" narrative to achieve success in the 2012 elections.

Fiorina ran for U.S. Senate in California in 2010.

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