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Carly Fiorina: 'Establishment Do Not Want the Status Quo Challenged'

 

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 06:00 PM

The privileged political elite, which believes it’s empowered to handpick the nation’s lawmakers, is about to get a rude awakening — as fed-up Americans reject the status quo and vote in a fresh-faced outsider who’ll buck the broken system, GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tells Newsmax TV.

"We have a professional political class, an establishment of media that thinks it's their job to pick our politicians. But last time I looked, it was the business of the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina, Nevada, and this nation," Fiorina said Tuesday to Ed Berliner, host of "The Hard Line."

"There are a lot of people in the establishment who do not want the status quo challenged. There are people running for president who claim they are outside of the status quo, but are in fact right in the middle of it.

"We have a professional political class, people who have spent all their lives in politics, most of them are running for office, and they've become part of the problem."

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Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said some 80 percent of Americans believe the professional political class cares more about "its own power, position, and privilege, running and winning," than on getting anything done.

"And I agree with them. Because guess what, we've had the same problem for a long time. It's not just about replacing a D with an R," she said.

"Our debt and deficits have been rising for 50 years, our government's been getting bigger for 50 years. Our government's been taking more power out of the hands of people for 50 years under Republicans and Democrats alike.

"We need someone who will actually challenge the status quo. I will and I have a plan to take our country back. This is why the voters of New Hampshire and Iowa and South Carolina and Nevada and elsewhere are listening."

Fiorina, the only female candidate in the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, was once trailing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump by single digits.

But her poll numbers have plummeted dramatically and she is now tied with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for last place in a Quinnipiac poll of GOP Caucus-goers in Iowa released Monday. Each have a mere 1 percent of the vote.

Because of the low numbers, Fiorina also has been booted off the primetime stage at the next GOP presidential debate, set for Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Business Network.
But she says Americans are starting to get her message.

"In the latest Fox News poll, I'm number six nationally. I started out as 17 out of 16. The margin of error in these polls are greater than the distance between me and the people on the main stage," Fiorina told Berliner.

"So you ask yourself, why am I not on the main stage? Frankly, the most important thing is for me to continue to talk to the American people. I am someone who will challenge the status quo. Maybe that's what the establishment's afraid of. But it's what the voters are looking for….

"I've gained ground in New Hampshire, in Iowa. So voters decide elections. If we paid attention to the polls at this time in the presidential raced, we never would have had a Ronald Reagan, we would have already had a Hillary Clinton presidency, we would have had a Rudy Giuliani presidency, we would have had a Howard Dean presidency.

"But we didn't have any of those things and we did have a Ronald Reagan, because voters decided. The last time I looked, voters decide elections. Polls don't, pundits don't, the media doesn't the establishment doesn't."

Fiorina said that all her life, she has been told to "sit down and be quiet, to settle … don't challenge the status quo, just accept the way things are."

"I have rejected that advice all of my life. It's how you go from secretary to CEO. I'm running for president because the American people are being told the same thing," she said.

"The American people are being told, sit down and be quiet, just settle for the way things are, the political establishment, a federal government that doesn't work for you anymore. I don't think the American people should settle.

"What we're doing right now isn't working and people know that in their gut. So I have never faltered, I have never shied away from a fight."

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