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By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

Carly Fiorina tried to extend her surge in the polls Sunday, portraying herself in a television interview as a tough negotiator and hard-nosed manager willing to winnow down government inefficiency and bureaucracy.

With one poll showing her in second place in the crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, Fiorina defended her record at Hewlett-Packard, doubled down on cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and said she would be able to bring Democrats to the table on entitlements, cutting taxes and boosting border security.

An increased number of Republican voters, at least for now, have seized on Fiorina as an antidote to Donald Trump’s bombastic style and headline-grabbing quips.

“It’s obviously a very important moment, because now more people know who I am and we know, based on what’s happened before this debate, that as people come to know me and they understand who I am and what I’ve done and most importantly, what I will do, they tend to support me,” Fiorina said on “Fox News Sunday.”

On Wednesday, Fiorina took on Trump’s reported insults about her, clashed with him over their business records and spoke out strongly against Planned Parenthood’s collection of fetal body parts for medical research. Twenty-three million people watched the GOP debate.

The leading GOP candidates remain those who have never held political office, reflecting frustration with career politicians among Republican voters.

Fiorina ranked second with 15 percent in a CNN/ORC poll, moving just ahead of Ben Carson. The poll showed Trump as the front-runner with 24 percent support, an 8 percent decrease from a poll one month earlier. Of Republicans who watched the debate, 52 percent identified Fiorina as the winner and 31 percent said Trump was the loser Wednesday night.

Questioned about 30,000 layoffs at Hewlett-Packard while she was running the troubled tech company, Fiorina described the rounds of job eliminations as culling a “big bloated bureaucracy that costs too much” and was becoming “inept.”

“By the way,” Fiorina said, “that’s what we have in Washington, D.C.”

As president, Fiorina said, she would not replace any of the 256,000 baby boomers projected to retire from federal service in the next “four or five” years.

When asked if she was aware that a European subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard had sold hundreds of millions of dollars of computers to Iran while she was chief executive, Fiorina said the company is a larger global enterprise than any one of the 50 U.S. states. With a company that large, Fiorina said, “it’s impossible to ensure that nothing wrong ever happens.”

Those sales to Iran were discovered three years after Fiorina left Hewlett-Packard, she said. The transactions were investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as possible violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

“In fact, the SEC investigation proved that neither I nor anyone else in management knew about it and the facts of the matter were the European subsidiary apparently was doing business with another company in the Middle East. That company was doing business with another company that was doing business with Iran. And when the company discovered this three years after I left, they cut off all ties with those companies,” she said. “It shouldn’t have happened, obviously.”

Fiorina continued to go on offense against Planned Parenthood, saying congressional Republicans should shut down the government if annual funding for the organization moves forward next month. Some GOP strategists have advised against a shutdown, saying it could lead to a backlash from voters. Fiorina disagreed and welcomed a showdown.

“President Obama can explain to the American people why it is so important to him to continue to fund this organization that no one denies is engaged in this kind of barbarity,” Fiorina said.

Planned Parenthood has come under renewed fire from Republicans following an undercover investigation by an advocacy organization into abortion clinics that pass fetal body parts to medical research labs.

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton said she plans to roll out a proposal for controlling the cost of prescription drugs, a problem not addressed in President Barack Obama’s health care law.

“We have a lot of positives. But there are issues that need to be addressed,” Clinton said. “I’m going to address them this week, starting with how we’re going to try to control the cost of skyrocketing prescription drugs. It’s something I hear about everywhere I go.”

Clinton’s lead in the Democratic primary has weakened in recent weeks as revelations continue to mount about her use of a private email server for official communications while secretary of state. “What I did was allowed – it was fully above board,” she said. “I’m sorry that I made a choice that has raised all these questions,” she said, repeating a previous explanation that she didn’t want to use two email accounts. “I didn’t make the best choice.”

(c)2015 Tribune Co. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waits backstage while being introduced at the Education Summit in Londonderry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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21 responses to “Surging To 2nd Place, Fiorina Tries To Seize ‘Important Moment’ For Campaign”

  1. Otto Greif says:

    She’s an incompetent phony.

    • jmprint says:

      So is TRUMP.

      • Bill says:

        This is the best the GOP has to offer, God help us if any of the GOP people ever get elected President. We’ve had two debates now that have said nothing, what a waste the GOP is, the only thing they know how to do is shut down the Government, another waste of time and taxpayer money.

      • paulyz says:

        No, Trump is a very competent & hugely sucessful person that says what he means. Will be a forceful leader in the most important issues to make it happen.

    • paulyz says:

      She is being praised by the media & anti-Trump crowd to jump her in the polls, but when the truth about her being another moderate, not a Conservative comes to light, she will drop, just like Rubio did awhile back with his supporting another “comprehensive” Amnesty.

  2. charleo1 says:

    What are the facts concerning the undercover investigation? How credible, or apt to be evenhanded in their fact-finding are those who conducted this sting? Or is the investigation itself a phony? Much like the one conducted earlier on Acorn? The target of Right Wing political operatives, accused of falsely registering voters. Acorn, was defunded without independent corroboration of the facts, in a similar budget deal by Congress in 2009 in hopes of garnering Republican support for the stimulus package. Was later found to have been completely innocent of the charges. And efforts to secure GOP support were ultimately futile. So, as to PP. did this noted anti-abortion group follow Brighbart’s tact Since the video Ms. Fiorina claimed to have viewed, that others say doesn’t exist. Who’s correct? And how hard is it to this find out? Would closing down such a large operation be prudent? Or just politically popular among the anti-choice constituency the Right is currently courting? Is this then purely political in both it’s timing, and motivation? Who would be most effected in a politically motivated gov. shutdown? If PP were completely eliminated, would there be avoidable deaths occur? If as is reported by many health agencies, there are no immediate replacements for PP. in many of the poorest areas to provide services such as cancer screenings, and pre-natal care for indigent women. Services which make up 97% of PP’s activities. Should theses other facilities be beefed up to handle the work load, before the sudden cutting of funds to PP? And finally, has there been a Congressional inquiry launched to discern fact from hyperbole? Any initiative, or proposals at all, to temporarily fund PP. while an investigation into whether any laws were broken, or profit realized as a result of PP’s involvement in the sale of fetal tissue? We could start with that. Excuse me, if this all looks, and sounds very very familiar to me.

    • Grannysmovin says:

      Carly Fiorina won the GOP debate, but fact checkers will have a field day

      Forensic Analysis Shows the Real Planned Parenthood Scandal Is the Videos Themselves A review finds evidence the sting videos had been “manipulated” and “deceptively edited

      Investigations turn up no Planned Parenthood wrongdoing

      Here Are The Fake IDs Anti-Abortion Activists Used To Film Planned Parenthood

      In addition in California all parties must be aware that they are being taped, which appears now to be a legal issue pertaining to these PP tapes. Also the footage they claim to have of an abortion, how did they get it? Did the woman who having the abortion sign release authorizing them these phonies to tape her and show those videos to the public?

      “Moreover, the footage of the fetus in that video isn’t from the Planned Parenthood videos. One image is of a stillborn baby, initially included in the video without the mother’s permission. Other footage appears to come from a collection of stock footage of fetuses. “The stock footage was added to the video to dramatize its content,” fact-checking website Politifact concluded. “We don’t know the circumstances behind this video: where it came from, under what conditions it was obtained, or even if this fetus was actually aborted (as opposed to a premature birth or miscarriage).”

      • latebloomingrandma says:

        The whole thing stinks. To be so irresponsible as to shut down the gov’t before anyone knows the legitimacy of the “sting” and what is true and false, is so typical of Republican knee-jerk governance. Completely closing all abortion clinics will only see a rise in the underground abortion industry. And that will be truly ugly and barbaric. I consider myself pro-life in the fullest meaning of the word. I abhor the current anti-abortion movement because of their modus operandi. It is full of distortions, lies, and doesn’t really achieve the result of reducing abortions. It merely allows self righteous people to pat themselves on the back for being “for life”, completely ignoring the unintended consequences, which are pro-death.
        After 40 years, we will never solve this problem without a change in MO. Remember that definition of insanity. It’s part of the Republican platform.

        • Independent1 says:

          And what the GOP keeps deliberately ignoring, is that PP actually counsels almost 250,000 women a year out of having an abortion. If they shut down PP the number of abortions will in fact rise, clearly contrary to the misguided GOP intention. Women aren’t influenced for or against an abortion simply because they’re legal in their state or not; in states where the GOP has made them virtually illegal by eliminating all the ‘safe’ abortion clinics – women with means simply travel to where one is legal and women who can’t do as you pointed out – will find a quack in the underground abortion industry, and more women will be dying in botched abortions.

          Anti abortionists are not ‘pro’life’ they’re only ‘pro-birth’ and then, forget about that newly born infant, if it dies before its 1st birthday – so what. Which is why 13 of the 15 states with the highest infant and maternal mortality rates are GOP-governed states.

  3. jakenhyde says:

    Wow. This is a replay of the gop candidate carousel prior to the 2012 election. Deja vu all over again.

  4. stcroixcarp says:

    Why is it worse to take fetal body parts for research or tissue transplants than to take the body parts of of a 6 year old killed in a car accident or a 19 year old gunshot victim to transplant into a person needing a new kidney, liver, lungs or heart? Hospitals routinely use body parts. Why shouldn’t tissues from miscarriages and abortions shouldn’t be used to benefit the living?

    • johninPCFL says:

      Abortions are intentional. Abortions relieve the life-long punishment for the sins of the mother. Abortions remove the uneducated cheap labor pool the GOP relies on.

      • TheSkalawag929 says:

        You’re all about punishment. Punishing a woman for whatever transgression YOU may think she has committed. And possibly punishing a baby by forcing him or her to grow up in what could be an abusive poverty stricken environment.
        Yeah you care until they’re born then it’s you’re on your own kid. I can almost hear you now saying I’m not going help you you little moocher.

        • johninPCFL says:

          You may want to review my past postings before you make incorrect assumptions. My post above is composed from “David”, “Otto Grief”, “Paulyz” and others over the last few weeks, and was posted to offer the conservative view.

      • stcroixcarp says:

        What about the sins of the “father” who may have raped or abused the mother? Why aren’t fathers held accountable for the unintended and and unwanted pregnancies that they cause. All pregnancies, wanted or not are caused by men.

      • paulyz says:

        I think you must mean the cheap labor pool the Democrat/Socialist Party & special interests depends on from Illegals. Just think how many more Democrats there would be if not for aborting them.

    • palsifar says:

      Why is there no focus on some of the *purchasers* of this material … besides medical research labs, it is perfectly legal for both food and cosmetic companies to add fetal tissue to their products … and in the latter case, there is not even a requirement to disclose the material’s in there … the next time Carly goes on a rant about that “dead baby” video, i’d like to see someone ask her why she seems to have no problem with having that very same “dead baby” smeared all across her face just to make her look a little better in front of the cameras …

  5. Lynda Groom says:

    Maybe the also rans will get the message. It does not work using weasel words to increase your numbers….you’ve got to lie. Go too it boys!

  6. Independent1 says:

    Unfortunately, Carly is no different than virtually all Republican presidential candidates for at least the past 4-5 decades – all they seem to know how to do is pathological lie. And my definition of pathological lying is someone who can contrive outright lies in an instant, in order to make a point, create a false impression of themself or just downgrade someone else or someone elses accomplishment. GWB, Mitt Romney, and now Carly has that ability to an excess.

    See this from the Huffington Post:

    Carly Fiorina Lies to Fox, Has a Bri-Wi Problem

    Carly Fiorina has a big problem with the truth. More specifically, she has a problem with embellishing the truth, in a manner very reminiscent of disgraced NBC anchor Brian Williams.

    On Friday, conservative radio host Sean Hannity asked Fiorina to explain stories
    that Hewlett-Packard violated in the Iran embargo, by selling millions of dollars of computers, parts and equipment through a Dubai-based company, while she was CEO. “The SEC did a thorough investigation and concluded that no one in management, myself included, knew anything about it,” Fiorina told Hannity.

    She repeated the line, nearly verbatim, to FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, this weekend.

    “In fact, the SEC investigation proved that neither I nor anyone else in management knew about it,” she told Wallace.

    Yes,except the SEC investigation didn’t. In fact, the SEC didn’t perform an
    investigation at all, especially one that cleared her of any knowledge of the affair.

    What is true is that the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance inquired about HP’s dealings with Iran. There was back and forth, with the SEC asking questions, and HP answering, which ended with this letter from the SEC. But, there is no record of the Enforcement Division — the only division that performs investigations — taking up the matter. Thus, no investigation was performed.

    See more here:

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