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Fiorina: Hillary Speech 'Contradictory,' But a 'Good Launch'

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Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at her official campaign launch rally on in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 15 June 2015 09:57 AM

Hillary Clinton's first official major campaign speech was "deeply contradictory" and a "long litany of left-wing causes," GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Monday, but other than that, "it was a good launch."

"If you're a liberal Democrat, she did fine," the former Hewlett-Packard CEO told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "It was a good launch. A great rally."

Clinton's speech, delivered Saturday at New York City's Roosevelt Island park, saw the former secretary of state talking "about being a champion for the middle class, and then [she] talks about a set of energy policies that will raise energy bills for the middle class," said Fiorina.

Further, Clinton "talked about money in politics, and [how] she's going to raise more money than anyone else," she continued.

Fiorina also commented on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who will on Monday join with Fiorina in the growing list of Republicans seeking the 2016 nomination.

"I disagree with him on a number of issues," she said. "I think Common Core, however it started, has turned into a giant bureaucratic program emanating from the Department of Education. I disagree with him on immigration, as do many others in the party. But the voters have to decide."

Fiorina, in addition to critiquing her competition, also outlined many of her own positions on the program.

On immigration, she said she would start by securing the nation's border and fixing the illegal immigration system.

"My own view is if you have come here illegally and stayed here illegally, that you don't get a pass to citizenship," she said. "It isn't fair to say to people who have played by the rules" — which "takes a long time" — to have to hear, "it just doesn't matter."

Fiorina also said that she's qualified to be president because, as a businesswoman, she understands the economy and foreign relations.

"I know more world leaders on the stage [than] anyone running with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton," she said. "I didn't do photo ops with them; I had private meetings with them. I understand bureaucracies and what it takes to move them. I understand technology."

Fiorina added that she also believes the country's "inept" bureaucracy is "crushing to potential of this nation" and she knows how to move it along.

"Think about it," she said. " How long has the veterans' administration not been serving our veterans? How long has the IRS been unaccountable? This latest hack from the Chinese, we should be able to deal with that."

Fiorina is also calling for a robust defense.

"We have the capability to do that," she said, "but as we've seen over and over again, when you put a vast bureaucracy that's not accountable in charge of technology, it doesn't go real well. "

And when it comes to technology, the former CEO said she'd use it to put pressure on Congress to balance the nation's budget.

"I would go into the Oval Office or on the weekly radio address and ask Americans to take out their smartphones and ask them a question: Do you think it's necessary for the government to justify every dollar it spends on every program every year?" she said. "Press one for yes, two for no. I know what the answer will be"

Fiorina also said that she believes regulation on Wall Street "has been wholly ineffective."

"Remember that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were the cause behind the financial crisis," she said. "They haven't been reformed at all."

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