Potential presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina says she has nothing against Hillary Clinton personally, but she just doesn't like the former secretary of state's liberal policies, and she's not afraid to say why.
Fiorina has become Clinton's loudest critic, mocking her global travels, questioning her use of private email, and even accusing the former first lady of stealing intellectual property from her in a campaign that is already in attack mode before either woman has officially announced their candadicies, reports The New York Times
Further, Fiorina also dismisses Clinton's record, saying she is not impressed with her ability to achieve much of anything.
"Like Hillary Clinton, I too, have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe, but unlike her, I have actually accomplished something," she told conservatives during the Iowa summit in January
. "Mrs. Clinton: Flying is an activity, not an accomplishment."
And on Tuesday, after Clinton held a news conference to explain her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, Fiorina mocked her again, saying on Twitter that nothing in Clinton's track record suggests she should be trusted.
Fiorina is the lone woman emerging in a wide group of potential Republican contenders for the 2016 GOP nomination, and is largely getting notice for such attacks, not her business experience or policies.
"In a field of men, she could really emerge as a very effective critic of Hillary, which Republicans are going to need," said Republican strategist Rob Stutzman. "You look at the field, and obviously there is a space for a very articulate, conservative woman."
Clinton allies, though, say that Republicans are using Fiorina to damage her without making it appear that she is being attacked by male candidates and risking alienating female voters.
"These guys really believe it's unfair that women are now running," said Ann Lewis, a senior adviser to Clinton when she sought the Democratic nomination in 2008. Lewis further accused Fiorina of attending the Iowa summit "only to show she could be mean to Hillary."
Fiorina said she is not under the control of Republican leaders, but argued that her gender and work record, which took her from being a secretary up to becoming the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, puts her in an ideal place to fight Clinton.
"The Democrats and Hillary Clinton have made gender an issue with their ridiculous ‘war on women,'" Fiorina told The Times. "I think if Hillary Clinton faces a woman opponent, she will get a hitch in her swing."
But some of those attacks aren't political. Fiorina has accused Clinton of lifting the title of her memoir, "Hard Choices," from her own memoir, "Tough Choices," which came out in 2006. In addition, Clinton last month urged 5,000 female tech experts in Silicon Valley to "unlock our full potential." Fiorina accused her of copying the name of her "Unlocking Potential
" political action committee.
Fiorina is also attacking GOP rivals, including Jeb Bush, who she said is hoping to "scare people out of the race" through raising the most money. She's also accused her party of being insensitive when it comes to discussing women's issues.
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