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By Ros Krasny, Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON –– Republican Donald Trump is “a big Christmas gift wrapped up under the tree” for Hillary Clinton because he couldn’t beat the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner in a general election, Carly Fiorina said Sunday.

“I am the lump of coal in Mrs. Clinton’s stocking,” Fiorina said on “Fox News Sunday.” “She can beat Donald Trump. Donald Trump can’t beat Hillary Clinton.”

Clinton desperately hopes she can run against Trump, Fiorina said, because “I will reveal to the American people again and again the ‘Clinton way.'”

Fiorina, 61, the only woman among major Republican candidates, criticized Clinton’ foreign policy strategy after Saturday’s debate between the three remaining Democratic presidential candidates.

“She’s gotten every single foreign policy challenge wrong, and no, Mrs. Clinton, we are not where we need to be,” Fiorina said, adding that the policies of Clinton and President Barack Obama amount to “leading from behind” and letting others set the agenda.

Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co., is running in seventh place in polls of likely voters in Iowa, which will hold its first-in-the-nation caucuses Feb. 1, and eighth in New Hampshire, which holds its primary Feb. 9.

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

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

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