Fio­r­ina: Clin­ton can’t use gen­der card

‘Ev­ery is­sue’s a woman’s is­sue’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY DAVID SHERFIN­SKI

For­mer Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fio­r­ina said Thurs­day that she will be able to defuse Democrats’ “war on women” at­tacks against Repub­li­cans in the 2016 elec­tion, and said if she’s the GOP’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, Demo­cratic front-run­ner Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton wouldn’t be able to play the “gen­der card.”

“I think that 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,” said Ms. Fio­r­ina, who is weigh­ing a pres­i­den­tial run. “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.”

Mrs. Clin­ton of­fi­cially de­clared her can­di­dacy on Sun­day, and Repub­li­cans are pre­par­ing for her to draw sub­stan­tial sup­port as the po­ten­tial first woman to win the White House. But Ms. Fio­r­ina said at a Chris­tian Science Mon­i­tor break­fast that Repub­li­cans can dent that sup­port if they nom­i­nate her, say­ing it would take away the po­ten­tially his­toric na­ture of Mrs. Clin­ton’s cam­paign.

She also said she is uniquely po­si­tioned to de­liver a pro-life mes­sage to vot­ers torn over the abor­tion is­sue — a strat­egy she pi­o­neered in an ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful U.S. Se­nate bid in Cal­i­for­nia in 2010.

“One of the things that I’m con­fronted with fre­quently, as you would imag­ine, is women will ap­proach me and say, ‘You know, I re­ally agree with the Repub­li­can party on so many is­sues, but I’m un­com­fort­able with the na­ture of the Repub­li­can party plat­form on abor­tion,’” she said. “And my an­swer al­ways is, ‘Have you read the Demo­cratic party plat­form?’ No one has. So I will re­mind them that what it says is any abor­tion, at any time, at any point in a woman’s preg­nancy for any rea­son [will] be paid for by tax­pay­ers and, now, some would like to add, to be per­formed by a nondoc­tor.”

She says she asks women how they feel, for ex­am­ple, about a 13-year-old girl need­ing her mother’s per­mis­sion to go to a tan­ning sa­lon but not an abor­tion clinic. She says when she tells vot­ers Mrs. Clin­ton cam­paigned against parental no­ti­fi­ca­tion, “women are hor­ri­fied.”

Boost­ing her pro-life cre­den­tials, Ms. Fio­r­ina was sched­uled to serve as the mis­tress of cer­e­monies at a gala hosted by the Su­san B. An­thony List, a ma­jor pro-life lobby, Thurs­day evening.

The Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee blasted the event, say­ing Ms. Fio­r­ina and other at­ten­dees such as Sen. Rand Paul of Ken­tucky, who is run­ning for pres­i­dent, and Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham of South Carolina, who is weigh­ing a bid, are “out of touch and want to turn back the clock for women.”

But Ms. Fio­r­ina said public opin­ion is mov­ing in the pro-life di­rec­tion.

“The com­mon ground that most women and most young peo­ple and most Amer­i­cans ac­tu­ally have found now is, you know, abor­tion for any rea­son at all af­ter five months doesn’t seem right any­more,” she said.

Stu­dents for Life of Amer­ica (SFLA) touted Marist polling ear­lier this year show­ing that six in 10 mil­len­ni­als be­lieve abor­tion is “morally wrong”, and that 84 per­cent of Amer­i­cans would limit abor­tion to, at most, the first three months of preg­nancy.

Ms. Fio­r­ina said she was “dis­ap­pointed” when Repub­li­can lead­er­ship in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives pulled a bill ear­lier this year to ban abor­tions af­ter 20 weeks — leg­is­la­tion some in the party thought would dam­age the GOP’s stand­ing with women.

“Ac­tu­ally, it’s good pol­i­tics, as well as be­ing good pol­icy,” she said.

Ms. Fio­r­ina also said she finds it “per­son­ally in­sult­ing as a woman” when the Demo­cratic party talks about “women’s is­sues,” say­ing that women care about all the is­sues that af­fect the coun­try, them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

“Women care about the econ­omy, they care about jobs, they care about health care, they care about im­mi­gra­tion, na­tional se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion — ev­ery is­sue’s a woman’s is­sue,” she said. “There’s no doubt.”


For­mer Hewlett-Packard Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Carly Fio­r­ina, con­sid­er­ing a run for the 2016 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, said a the­o­ret­i­cal match-up against Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton will rob the for­mer sec­re­tary of state of the “war on women” rhetoric and dis­al­low her us­ing the “gen­der card.”

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