A video has surfaced of Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina praising Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, stating that she has “great admiration” for her because of her achievements as a woman.
In the 2008 video, Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announces her support for then-Republican presidential candidate John McCain, but simultaneously praises Clinton out of her desire to “empower women.”
“This is why perhaps I have such great admiration and empathy for Hillary Clinton,” Fiorina says in the video. “I have great admiration for her because I know what it takes in some small measure to do what she has done. She is obviously incredibly intelligent, focused, tough, determined, empathetic of all the tens of millions of people that she was trying to represent in her quest to become the first woman president of the United States.”
“And as a woman, I take great pride in the fact that Hillary Clinton ran for president,” she continues. “And I also watched with a lot of empathy as I saw how she was scrutinized, characterized, talked about as a woman.”
Fiorina asserts that Clinton was scrutinized more because she is a woman.
“While I think woman have made great progress in so many ways I also known from personal experience that women in positions of power—particularly bold women—who are trying to drive change as Hillary Clinton must surely is: bold women, women in power are characterized, scrutinized differently than their male counterparts are.”
The resurfacing of the video comes amid more recent comments from Fiorina criticizing Clinton and Barack Obama.
“If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them about Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments as secretary of state,” she said during Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate.
In 2009, while running for the California Senate, Fiorina told reporters that she agreed with the confirmation of now Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and that she “does not believe in litmus tests” for judges. All but seven Republican U.S. Senators had voted against Sotomayor’s confirmation.
In 2010, Erick Erickson of Red State criticized Fiorina for what he called her “liberal views,” including for supporting Sotomayor.
“From her praise of Jesse Jackson, to her playing the race and gender cards against [her opponent], to her support for the Wall Street bailouts, to her qualified support for the Obama stimulus, to her past support for taxation of sales on the Internet, to her waffling on immigration, to her support for Sonia Sotomayor, … to her statement to the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that Roe v. Wade is ‘a decided issue,’ Carly Fiorina’s oft-repeated claim to be a ‘lifelong conservative’ was only plausible in the universe of NRSC staffers who recruited her in the first place,” he stated.
Fioria also drew criticism earlier this month in stating that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should resign if she can’t issue “gay marriage” licenses against her faith. She opined that Davis should not continue to engage in civil disobedience.
“Given the fact that the government is paying her salary, I think that is not appropriate,” Fiorina, who opposes same-sex nuptials and abortion, told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. “Now, that’s my personal opinion. Others may disagree with that, but I think it’s a very different situation for her than someone in a hospital who’s asked to perform an abortion or someone at a florist who’s asked to serve a gay wedding. I think when you’re a government employee, you are put into a different position honestly.”