tv First-in-the- Nation Presidential Town Hall Carly Fiorina CSPAN January 25, 2016 7:28pm-8:01pm EST
republican presidential candidate carly fiorina spoke at the first in the nation presidential town hall, hosted saturday by the new hampshire republican party. she talked about domestic policys she would enact as president and took questions on abortion, birth control and criminal justice reform. this is half an hour. >> all right, new hampshire. let's give a warm new hampshire welcome to ms. carly fiorina! cheers and applause]
ms. fiorina: hi. great to see you all. thank you. good to see all that energy after lunch. have you ever noticed how politics kind of it covered like a sport these days? is like a gain. my team versus your team. who is up, who is down. maybe that is because politics is become an inside game. politicians have been playing it all their lives. we have people like hillary clinton who sit inside the system, raking in millions by selling access and influence. we have people like donald trump sitting outside the system making billions by buying up people like hillary clinton. that is the game, folks. that's been what's going on for a long time. the political establishment and crony capitalism. it's not a game most of us can play, unless you win powerball.
the game is not working for us anymore. this has been a country of limitless possibility for me. i have traveled and lived and worked all over the world. i have done business and charity and policy work on every continent and virtually every country for decades. i am keenly aware that it is home in this nation that a young woman can start out the way i did, typing and filing and answering the phones for a nine-person real estate firm in the middle of a deep recession in the late 1970's, go on one day to become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world and run for the presidency of the united states. that is only possible in this great nation. [cheers and applause] i have to tell you along the way i have had a lot of people tell me to sit down and be quiet. settle. don't challenge the system. i have ignored that advice all my life.
i am running for the presidency of the united states because i think the american people are being given that same advice. sit down, be quiet, settle, don't challenge the system. i do not think we can do that any longer. [applause] we are being told to sit down and be quiet about our god, our guns, the abortion industry. we are being asked to settle. settle for problems that have festered for decades. illegal immigration, spending out of control, how inability or unwillingness to care for our veterans. why are we settling for his? why are we settling for a nation that used to be a place of limitless possibility regardless of our circumstances, and yet in this nation today we have record numbers of men out of work. record numbers of women living in poverty. some people don't even of the american dream exists anymore. working families wages have stagnated for decades.
meanwhile the rich get richer, the powerful get more powerful, the well-connected get more well-connected. crony capitalism has gone on under republicans and democrats alike. why are we accepting a system of government and politics is no longer works for us? here is the truth. government has grown bigger and bigger. for 50 years under republicans and democrats alike. at the same time it has grown more inept and more corrupt. [applause] why are we settling for a government that isn't even competent enough to secure our borders or to figure out terrorists pledge their allegiance to isis on facebook years ago. i checked out my oldest granddaughter's new boyfriend on facebook. if i can do that, the government can be competent. meanwhile, what do we get
election after election after election? you are sophisticated consumers of politics. how many presidential cycles have politicians stood up here and promised you to cut government down the size, to reform the tax code,, to care for veterans to secure the border? we hear about the same issues election after election and yet nothing changes. they promise much and deliver little. i don't know about you but i am angry. i am frustrated. and i'm fed up. we feel we're losing power in our lives. power to control our own future. to hold the government we pay for accountable and cut it down to size. and yet all of these problems can be solved. but we have to remember who we are. ours was intended to be a citizen government. we were never supposed to have a professional political class. or a government growing out of
control. i will not sit down and be quiet and i don't suggest you do either. i am running for the presidency because citizens, it is time. it is time we take the future back. it is time we take our politics and our government back. it is time. we must take our country back. cheers and applause] it is why i have rolled out my blueprint to take our country back. i hope you asked me about it. these are the things we must do first to take our country back. they are not the only things we must do but the first and most important things we must do. we can get these things done together. on calling it a blueprint because amazingly i would like you to hold me accountable. i'm used to being held accountable. [applause] i come from the world you do. not the political world.
we know that after -- actions speak louder than words. character is known by what they do. not by what they say. we know that talk is cheap and that results matter. do you know you go from secretary to ceo? you produce results. over and over and over. you do what you say you are going to do. you ask people to hold you accountable. hold me accountable for this and together we can get this done and solve these roblems. now, you might not admit of your mind who you want to support but in your heart of hearts you cannot wait to see me debate hillary clinton. [cheers and applause] you know it's true. i know. it is true. you know why it is true? because you know i'm going to win. you know i'm going to win.
[applause] and winning is actually very important. mrs. clinton has escaped prosecution more times than el chapo. perhaps sean penn should interview her. the truth is she is not going to be held accountable until we have a fearless fighter who will face her down on that debate stage and remind her that although she has held many titles, she still has accomplished nothing. [applause] remind her -- remind her she has gotten every single foreign-policy challenge wrong. remind her and the american people when she famously asked what difference it makes. this is what difference it makes. when our embassy is purposely attacked by terrorists and four americans are killed and the next that you stand up and lie about it to the american people, instead of saying we will seek retribution, mrs. clinton you say to every
adversary and every terrorist organization in the world open season on america. that is what difference it makes, mrs. clinton. that is what difference it makes. [applause] we are not going to beat mrs. clinton or whoever else they come up with. bloomberg, sanders. we will not be the ultimate insiders with another insider crony capitalist donald trump. we will not defeat them with somebody who is talked a good game all their lives but never made it tough decision. a tough vote is not a tough call. we will not be able to win unless we have a fearless fighter who will throw the punches. but once we're done winning, and i will win, we have to think about what it actually takes to restore the character of this nation. to restore possibilities for every american regardless of circumstances. to cut government down to size hold it accountable and lead
once again in the world. i will suggest to you that i'm the most qualified person to win this race and to do this job. we need a president who actually understands how the economy work. how to create jobs. how to save jobs. how to protect jobs. what it takes and how jobs are destroyed. we need a leader who understands the world how it works. i have more foreign-policy experience of anybody running. i've met almost as many allies and adversaries as mrs. clinton has. i didn't do photo ops. i had private meetings with them. on business or policy or charity. i have met our friends and foes. i held the highest clearance is available to a civilian. i have advised as the chairman of the advisory board the c.i.a., the n.s.a., two secretaries of defense, a secretary of state, a secretary of homeland security. i know our military and our intelligence capabilities and personnel very well. and when this nation is not leading the world is a very
dangerous and tragic place. [applause] it's kind of important we have a president who understands bureaucracy because the government has become one giant bloated and at corrupt bureaucracy. it has to get cut down to size and be held accountable and that is what the two first items are all about. we need a president that understands technology. is a tool that i will use to harness your power as citizens to move the political establishment. but it is also a weapon that is being waged against us by our enemies. we need a president that understands that and understands what to do about it. and perhaps most importantly of all need a president who understands leadership. i used to think of leadership is about whoever have a big office or the title or the big airplane. then i got a little older and i realized people with big offices and big titles and big
egos were not leading. leadership is not about size or shape of your office. it's most definitely not about the size of your ego. a leader challenges the status quo because that's the only way we solve festering problems. a leader is a servant. the highest calling of a leader is to unlock potential in others. [applause] the highest calling of a leader is to unlock potential in others and serve others. my highest calling is to restore citizen government to this great nation. ladies and gentlemen, i will not sit down and be quiet and neither will you. do not sit down or settle or accept a system that no longer works for us. instead stand with me. fight with me. vote for me. citizens, it is time to take our future back.
it is time to take our politics and our government back. citizens, it is time. we must take our country back. cheers and applause] so, ladies and gentlemen, questions? yes, sir. hen i will come to you, ma'am. >> i am an iraq war veteran. ms. fiorina: thank you for your service. [applause] >> i spent 10 years as an army combat medic. and i spent a year in baghdad policing iraqis with sometimes brutal tactics. now i see police here at home using those same tactics with
the same weapons and the same equipment that i used on black community here's at home. what would your presidency do to end the militarization of police and stop cops from illing everyday americans? [applause] ms.ify recenta: thank you for your service, first of all. what a tragedy, as well, that after this brave vet served, that hillary clinton and barack obama declared victory in iraq, withdrew every troop against all the advice of the military generals. they did so for political expediency. permitting isis to gobble up territory and weaponry. with all due respect, mrs. clinton and barack obama and michael bloomberg for that matter, climate change is not our most pressing national security threat. isis is. [applause] where we have examples of real
wrongdoing in the police force such as we had in chicago, under rahm emanuel, amazing how the democrats have been absolutely silent about what happened in chicago, silent because it was a cover-up by their good friend, rahm emanuel, where we have copses who have done the wrong thing, they must be held accountable. i have advocated for a long time that every single cop on the street needs to be equipped with a body camera so we can be seeing what is going on. it is an investment that needs to be made. but i must tell you, sir, i think we have to start by lifting up and honoring and respecting and valuing and listening to everyone who serves, from the cop on the beat all the way to the soldier and afghanistan. i do not think we are doing a ood job of that now. because while i cry, while i
cry for the parents of that young man slain in chicago, and the year-long cover-up went on, i do not hear a lot of tears for the cops assassinated in their cars on the corner. [applause] i will promise you, as commander in chief, i will value, support, invest in, listen lift up, and honor everyone who serves and has served. we will finally reform the v.a. so those who have served us can be cared for. we will lift up and honor everyone who serves, from the cop on the beat to the soldier in afghanistan. if someone has done something wrong, they must be held to account. let us start with some of our politicians. [applause]
>> thank you and thank you for running. i am pro-life. it is not ok that we put a price tag on babies and body parts. what will you do to planned arenthood? ms. fiorina: there has not been a more outspoken advocate for pro-life and against planned parenthood been carly fiorina. [applause] i spoke at the march for life yesterday in washington, d.c., before they shut that down. -- the city down. i know i have been the most effective advocate because, frequently at my events, planned parenthood protesters show up and throw condoms that me, they shout and scream.
i will not sit down and be quiet about the issue either. let me tell you exactly what i will do. [applause] the american people have found common ground on this, although, the left does not want you to know this. the majority of young people, women, men, americans, the majority of americans now understand that abortion for any reason at all after five months is wrong. first, we will get the child protection act finally passed and put into law. [applause] second, everyone would like you to believe that planned parenthood is about women's health. it is not. the democrats will not fund community health centers. there are many more of those. they do not agree to fund taxpayer money pregnancy centers. planned parenthood is a political opposition -- operation. it spends millions of dollars contributing to pro-abortion
candidates. there will not be a dime of funding for planned parenthood. there will be plenty for women's health. [applause] yes, sir. and then i will come to you. >> ok. so the best way to stop abortion would be to educate young women with comprehensive sex education programs and republicans very often want to have abstinence programs which have been proven not to work . what would your policy be for educating people to behavior in responsible sexual behavior so they don't have an unwanted pregnancy that might lead to an abortion? ms. fiorina: one of the things i think is interesting, i do not know how many of you have ever visited a pregnancy center, but they are funded by private donations. they exist all over the country.
they are providing education, all kinds of education, by the way. they will help new fathers or fathers to be can skills and education, as it will help new mothers to be and also provide education. this is an issue, perhaps i should explain. most people, when i first started running for office, they did not believe i was pro-life. they said she is a silicon valley's eeo. -- c.e.o. she must be pro-choice. i think science is proving us every right every day. the d.n.a. in a zygote is exactly the same as the d.n.a. when you die. i do not know how to draw the line. my husband, who i have been together with for 34 years, his mother -- yes. he's eye candy. that's my eye candy. i introduced him. he's already here somewhere. when i met his mother, i learned that she had been told to abort him. but she was a woman of great
courage and faith and she chose to bring her son into the world and he has been -- was the joy of her life and he's been the rock of mine. i was not able to have children of my own. learned how precious a gift life is. we buried a child. ladies and gentlemen, that is why i am pro-life. let me say something to you. politics uses these issues to divide us. we do not all have to agree on everything but know this. the real extremes in this debate are not republican. they are democrat. democrats who believe -- [applause] democrats whose policy is it is not a life until it is born. democrats, whose policy is that a 13-year-old girl must have her mother's permission to go to a tanning salon but not to get an abortion. democrats whose policy is that it is ok for a planned parenthood clinic to be less regulated than a tattoo parlor.
democrats who consistently resist having birth control be over-the-counter so that it is cheap and widely available to anyone. i am not the extreme on this issue. hillary clinton is. but we have found common ground. let's take the common ground on the pain-capable unborn child protection act, defunding planned parenthood, and let it go from there, not to finish there, but to start there. [applause] >> i had a chance to speak earlier. i'm a combat wounded vet. in a coma for two weeks. i got shot and was hit by a suicide bomber in afghanistan. thanks for you speaking as well because we need more vets in politics. the second thing is, because everybody has got a bunch of questions, i would like to know if i could get two minutes with
you. afterwards. my final question is, when will the republican party stop attacking each other and when will they are going after hillary clinton? if you need a combat wounded vet to stand with you and go after that girl, i will stand there with you. cheers and applause] ms. fiorina: thank you for your service and sacrifice and heroism. who is it in this race who has consistently gone after hillary clinton from day one? carly fiorina. [applause] and i will keep doing that. i cannot speak for the rest of the republican party. all i can do is control my own behavior but you have watched me debate of a debate after debate take our fight to where the fight has to go. let me say one other thing to you. i hope i can spend a few
minutes with you, although i have a bunch of interviews right after this, but i'll be around. i want to use the v.a. as an example of how much power you have, but also as an example of why we cannot settle for what we are settling for any more. do you remember the scandal in v.a. in arizona, where we learned veterans had died waiting for an appointment and bureaucrats cooked the books? so that nobody would find out. we were so outraged as citizens of this great nation that we flooded congress with tweets and posts and e-mails and phone calls. because of the enormous pressure from the citizens of the great nation, this do-nothing congress acted in three weeks record time. a bill flew out of the house and passed the senate 99-0. in a bill said we could fire
the top 400 senior executives at the v.a. it was precedent shattering. we do not ever hold anybody accountable in government that this bill says we can fire 400 senior executives in the v.a. because of the power, the protest that you registered. sadly, we all moved on. so did the politicians. despite all the pretty speeches they made during that three weeks, we have now learned this. 307,000 veterans have died waiting for health care and the v.a. handed out $142 million in bonuses for superb performance. we cannot settle for this. it is a stain on our nation's honor. we have been talking about reforming the v.a. for 20 years. it is also an example of your power. when i say i will lift up and value and support those who serve and those who have served, what i mean is we're actually going to get the v.a. reformed. i spent a lot of time with
veterans and every time i do, i take note. i will put 15 veterans in a room and asked you, how do you want to be served? you will come up with a better blueprint than all of the bureaucrats in washington, d.c., combined. then we will move forward. [applause] in the meantime, i will take the lesson from your power. the items on the blueprint, radically simplifying the tax code, finally, it is 73,000 pages today, which means it's crushing the economic engine of growth in this nation, how am i going to get that done? i think we ought to have a three page tax code. the pundits say it is impossible. there has been a plan lying around for 20 years. we could get it done. just like we could get the next item on this list done. zero-based budgeting. fancy word. it means the government needs to budget the way you do, where we actually have to
examine every dollar, cut any dollar, move any dollar. it is the only way we'll ever get control of the money. you see the way the government budgets now. how is it possible they spend more money each and every year, as they have for 50 years under republicans and democrats alike, we have spent more money. and yet, they never have enough money. they never have enough money to serve veterans or secure the border. because the money is spoken for. because once you get a budget, you never have to give it back , all you have to do is ask for more. we have to go to zero-based budgeting. cut this government down to size, hold it accountable and get control of your money. they are spending your money. [applause] now how are we going to get that done? and what does that have to do with the power of citizenry and the v.a.? i will tell you. you have enormous power. but we do not use it. i will. every week, i will go into the oval office on a radio address
and i will ask you to take out your smartphones or your ipads r your pc's. a flip phone, you might want to upgrade. [laughter] just a suggestion. take out your smart devices of choice and i will say to you, my fellow citizens, do you agree with me it is finally time to pass that 20-year-old, three page tax code? do you agree it is time to finally pass that bill, and there is a bill, that has been languishing on the u.s. house floor for zero-based watching? -- budgeting? press one for yes and two for no. seriously. there is an app for citizen government. technology is an incredibly powerful tool. i will use it or you have enormous power and when you do not use it, you lose it. i will channel your anger and frustration but most importantly i will channel your commonsense and judgment.
we can fix every problem we have that we have got to start by restoring citizen government in this great nation. [applause] sorry, we're out of time. i did not see the red light. all your questions are so good. can i do one more with that young lady? ok. eally quick. >> where do you stand on lowering the maximum sentence for nonviolent crime? ms. fiorina: i will try to answer quickly but it is an mportant question. my husband and i buried my younger daughter to the demons of addiction. i know it is a grave problem here. i can remember standing in front of a judge and pleading with him not to send our daughter back to jail. he was sympathetic, i am sure, but his hands were tied.
we have to treat mental illness and especially addiction. we cannot criminalize them. that calls for criminal justice reform, a federal government responsibility. we have the highest incarceration rate in the world. almost 2/3 of the people sitting in jails are there for nonviolent, drug-related and addiction related illnesses. when we criminalize this, we are not treating people. i know this all too well. we have to invest in mental illness and drug addiction prevention and treatment. i have seen so many great programs starving for money while the federal government is awash in it. yes, we have to finally undertake criminal justice reform. thank you for having me. vote for me. stand with me. fight with me. it is time to take the country back. bless you all. [applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> c-span's campaign 2016 is
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