Fiorina blasts Clinton during Facebook Q&A

October 26, 2015

Republican Carly Fiorina used an online question and answer session to attack Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, labeling the former secretary of state “the epitome of the professional political class.”

“I disagree with her profoundly on virtually every policy prescription she has,” Fiorina said when asked about the biggest differences between herself and Clinton during Monday’s live session broadcast on Facebook.

“I wouldn’t lie. Hillary Clinton has lied,” the Republican presidential hopeful said referencing Clinton’s handling of the deadly 2012 attacks at a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

“She knew that those were purposeful terrorist attacks, and yet she got up the next morning and lied to the American people.”

This isn’t the first time the former Hewlett-Packard executive has taken shots at Clinton, often using the fact that both she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have spent several decades in politics. Fiorina herself has never held office, losing a 2010 bid for a U.S. Senate seat in California to Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

During the 30-minute virtual sit-down, Fiorina also pledged to repeal the “failing” Obamacare, if elected, and suggested that the nearly 74,000 page tax code be slashed to just three pages, though she avoided offering specifics on the plan.

Despite a recent jump in the polls, Fiorina has lost some steam in recent weeks, plummeting from third place to sixth, after having spent the early summer months barely on the radar.

But the former business executive was all smiles despite the polling stumble, also fielding some less serious queries from her virtual audience which, at its peak, counted nearly 9,000 viewers.

When asked about her granddaughter’s favorite song, Fiorina enthusiastically replied, “Something by Taylor Swift, anything by Taylor Swift.”

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina listens to a question after speaking at Cornerstone Action: Practical Federalism 2016 at the University of Southern New Hampshire in Hooksett, New Hampshire October 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm

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