Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday she is confident she'll make the cut for the first GOP presidential debate, which Fox News Channel says will be limited to the top 10 candidates.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday,"
the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said it is her job to ensure she makes the cut in what is quickly becoming a crowded field.
"I'm confident I'll be on that debate stage," Fiorina said.
Doing so is vital, she added, because a recent Fox News poll showed that more than half of Americans don't know who she is.
"That's because I haven't been in politics all my life," she said. "So of course, a debate is an opportunity for many more American people to get a look at me and understand who I am and what I believe in and what I would do as president of the United States."
Fiorina faces long odds, but should she win the GOP nomination, she would likely face former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Fiorina called Clinton a "hardworking, intelligent woman," who has "devoted her life to public service." But, she added, Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton "are the personification of what 82 percent of Americans now consider the professional political class that is more concerned about preserving its power and its privilege than it is about doing the people's business."
She said her Washington outsider status is a plus.
Clinton has played up the fact that she would be the first woman to serve as president, and Fiorina has hinted that nominating her would take "the gender card" away from Clinton, forcing a debate solely on issues.
Questioned by host Chris Wallace whether she, too, isn't playing the gender card by saying she can attack Clinton more effectively than a male candidate can, Fiorina replied, "Actually, I haven't said that. Perhaps others have."
Quoted by The Washington Examiner
on April 16, Fiorina told a forum sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, "If Hillary Clinton were to face a female nominee, there are a whole set of things that she won't be able to talk about. She won't be able to talk about being the first woman president. She won't be able to talk about a war on women without being challenged. She won't be able to play the gender card."
Fiorina also found herself under fire when speaking out against the Common Core education
"The argument for Common Core is frequently, 'Oh, we have to compete with the Chinese.' I have been doing business in China for decades and I will tell you that, yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate," she said.
Fiorina on Sunday she was trying to say that the Chinese system "standardizes behavior" and is part of the Communist country's oppressive regime.
"It's one of the reasons China has a strategy of continuing to steal our intellectual property. It's one of the reasons they have not adhered to the requirements of (the World Trade Organization)," she said.
Common Core may have had good intentions, she said, but has become "a nationally driven set of bureaucratic standards."
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