• Carly Fiorina,  Democratic National Convention

    Carly Fiorina: Most Americans See the Democrats as the Extreme Party

    Carly Fiorina speaking on CNN

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina

    Carly Fiorina on CNN today gave her unsolicited advice to the national Democratic Party – moderate your EXTREME out of the mainstream positions on the issues.

    On Thursday, former Republican Senate candidate from California, Carly Fiorina, dropped an impressive bit of counterintuitive political wisdom on her fellow panel guests during CNN’s increasingly interesting, unscripted “unsolicited advice” segment with Pete Dominick. Fiorina performed a clever bit of reverse logic on Democrats and identified, succinctly and dispassionately, the many reasons why the Democratic National Convention has handed Republicans a litany of ways in which they can tar Democrats as the party of real extremism for America’s center-right electorate.

    Here is the video and it is worth a watch:

  • Americans United for Life,  Carly Fiorina

    Video: Carly Fiorina Speaks at Americans United for Life 40th Anniversary Gala

    Carly Fiorina speaks at Americans United for Life’s 40th Anniversary Gala on November 2, 2011, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Fiorina is introduced by AUL President & CEO Charmaine Yoest. The benediction is said by Paige Cunningham.

    I remember during the primary campaign for California United States Senate when Chuck DeVore challenged Fiorina’s pro-life credentials. Well, DeVore and others were wrong and Fiorina went on to win the GOP nomination over him and pro-choice Tom Campbell.

    Unfortunately, Fiorina lost to the very pro-abortion Senator Barbara Boxer in the November 2010 general election.

    Carly is now with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and it is good to see her speaking again.

  • Carly Fiorina,  John Cornyn,  National Republican Senatorial Committee

    Carly Fiorina Back in the Political Arena as Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wears a Navy hat given to him by a member of the Patriot Guard Rider as he and Republican senate candidate Carly Fiorina prepare for group picture in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010

    This will be a good position for Carly as the GOP poses to take back majority control of the United States Senate in 2012.

    Republican former California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is back in the political mix, Tuesday named the new vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign — the fundraising and campaign organization that’s central to GOP efforts to take back control of the Senate in 2012.

    The announcement was made this morning by Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who heads the key GOP group, which will be focusing on at least 10 highly competitive Senate races in 2012 around the nation.

    “I’m pleased to welcome my friend Carly Fiorina to the NRSC team, where her many business and civic achievements will make her an invaluable leader and fundraiser during this critical election cycle,” Cornyn said in his release today. “I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama’s failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth and job creation Americans so badly need.”

    In her new role, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will assist Cornyn and NRSC vice chair Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to “amplify Senate Republicans’ focus on healing America’s troubled economy,” and to pump up fundraising as Republicans aim for a Senate majority, Cornyn said.

    Of course, the Democrats have already attacked the choice as a millionaire yacht owner who sent jobs overseas, but this social class warfare is getting old. There is little question that Fiorina has business acumen, (been financially successful) and that the Democrats and the failed Obama Administration don’t.

    The move to put Fiorina in a key fundraising role gives the GOP organization the advantage of having what it calls “one of the most recognized business executives in the world” at its helm in a year in which economic issues will lead the political agenda.

    Fiorina is the only woman ever to run a Fortune 20 company, and raised $22 million in the primary and general election for her own campaign.

    I am looking forward to seeing Carly on the stump again soon.

  • Carly Fiorina

    Carly Fiorina Watch: Announcement for U.S. Senate Race Next Week

    Carly for California website

    Apparently so, although the exact location is subject to speculation.

    The Contra Costa Times reported last week that Fiorina is headed to Pleasanton on Friday, Nov. 6 to make a “very important” announcement to the Tri-Valley Business Council. Indeed, Council President and CEO Tobias Brink said today that it “would be my assumption” that Fiorina is planning an official Senate launch at the Pleasanton event. Brink said his group plans to showcase high-tech start-up companies at the event, give Fiorina the floor and then have a Q&A session.

    Fiorina, however, has at least three other appearances planned for next week. She is the keynote speaker on Wednesday at the 2009 International Business Leadership Awards event in San Diego. She will speak at the Sacramento Regional Housing Forecast event on Thursday in Sacramento.

    And she’s scheduled to appear Wednesday at Earth Friendly Products in Garden Grove, which the Orange County Business Journal today called “Carly’s Big Date” because it said “Fiorina is expected to announce her candidacy for Democrat Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat.”

    Fiorina spokeswoman Beth Miller wouldn’t confirm which event, if any, is the official Fiorina launch. “I don’t want to ruin the surprise,” Miller said.

    Exit answer: Next week

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  • Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore,  Meg Whitman,  Steve Poizner

    California GOP Angst: The Problem With Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman

    meg whitman and carly fiorina

    Former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman and California GOP governor candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and undeclared GOP candidate for U.S. Senate

    The Problem?

    They could NOT be bothered TO VOTE.

    • Carly Fiorina –  Voted in 5 of 18 elections, 2000-08

    • Meg Whitman  – Voted in 6 of 13 elections, 2002-07

    This failure to vote is a big deal for Flap and WILL be a vote breaker for Flap in a California GOP Primary election. Luckily, the GOP has other candidates in each race:

    Steve Poizner who is the GOP California Insurance Commissioner and

    Chuck DeVore who is a GOP California Assemblyman

    Now, will Poizner and Devore be able to exploit this vulnerability?

    Stay tuned…..

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger,  Barbara Boxer,  Carly Fiorina,  Chuck DeVore

    The Obligatory Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Run for the U.S. Senate in 2010? Post

    arnold and obama

    U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the White House in Washington, March 20, 2009

    The stories are out again suggesting that the Governator will run against incumbent United States Senator Barabara Boxer in 2010.

    The Chronicle points out that the Terminator turned governor has been tactful in his political allegiances. He campaigned for Sen. John McCain during the 2008 campaign and showed up last week with President Obama at a White House meeting on infrastructure.

    The article points out his ambitious campaigning across the state for his new budget plan and notes that lately the governor has softened his tone on a political future.

    “I have my hands full with all the stuff I’m doing now,” Schwarzenegger said earlier this month. “I’m concentrating on that and not what I’m going to do next,” he told the Chronicle reporter.

    “You know,” he apparently added, “I’m not a politician. I’m a public servant.”

    He and wife Maria Shriver are not strangers to Washington’s power circles.

    Saturday night, Schwarzenegger brought down the house during his Republican “response” at Washington Gridiron Dinner. He laughed at the journalists’ apparent dumping by the president, who declined the invitationt to attend.

    “You did such lovely work for [Obama],” the governor told Washington’s media elite. “You put your lives on hold to put him in the White House. Now you get all dressed up, the champagne’s on ice, and you find out he’s just not that into you,” he joked, according to the Washington Post.

    But, Arnold is warring with the California GOP, has poor approval ratings as Governor in the latest polls and would have to run against a long-time incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who has plenty of campaign cash.

    Don’t look for Arnold to involve himself with a partisan primary election in which he will face another self-funded millionaire, Carly Fiorina and/or California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore who has gained the endorsements of most all of the elected members of the California GOP. More likely, Arnold will be appointed to some Obama Administration position or simply go back to Hollywood and make some movies.


    RINO California Governor Schwarzenegger Snubs California GOP Convention in Sacramento This Weekend

    Chuck DeVore Preempts Arnold Schwarzenegger By Announcing California GOP Endorsements

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  • Barack Obama,  Carly Fiorina,  Joe Biden,  John McCain,  Sarah Palin

    Are You Running for President or CEO?

    Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and McCain campaign surrogate

    Folks are getting their shorts tied up in knots about former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina first saying:

    “Do you think [Sarah Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?” asked the host.

    “No, I don’t,” responded Fiorina. “But you know what? That’s not what she’s running for.”

    The rest of Fiorina’s statement is:

    Appearing on the McGraw Milhaven Show on St. Louis KTRS Radio, Fiorina went on to stress that the Alaska Republican had more executive experience than anyone else on the ticket, specifically Barack Obama.

    “I find it quite stunning actually that the Barack Obama campaign is questioning Sarah Palin’s experience,” she said. “She has more executive experience than he does and she is the vice presidential nominee and he is the presidential nominee.”

    Then, Fiorina went on MSNBC to say neither could John McCain, Joe Biden and Barack Obama run Hewlett Packard. Watch the video above as she debunks the entire idea as a FALLACY.

    Here is the full quote:

    I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation. I don’t think Barack Obama could run a major corporation. I don’t think Joe Biden could. But it is not the same as being the president or vice president of the United States. It is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company, so of course, to run a business, you have to have a lifetime of experience in business, but that’s not what Sarah Palin, John McCain, Barack Obama or Joe Biden are doing.

    Well, Fiorina is correct and NONE of them are applying for a major CEO position, now are they?

    So, how do you judge a Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate?

    Flap guesses you VOTE (based on an informed rationale (of character, executive experience and issue positions) notwithstanding that Team Obama will try to exploit Fiorina’s naked truth as some sort of GAFFE or disqualifier of Palin and McCain.

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  • Carly Fiorina,  Sarah Palin

    Belittling Sarah Palin


    US Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, August 29, 2008

    Democrats have been relentless in their belittling of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:

    • Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): “Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has I think 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.” (CNN’s “360 With Anderson Cooper,” 9/1/08). Update: The Video of Obama’s comment is here.
    • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): “She’s been mayor of a city half the size of Blue Ash and governor of a state with half the population of Hamilton County. … John McCain failed in his first big decision as a potential president. He chose somebody with no experience to be a heartbeat away from being the U.S. president.” (Steve Kemme, “At Picnic, Brown Slams Palin,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/2/08)
    • Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE): Biden On Palin: “She’s Good Looking.” “‘From our perspective the whole deal is how does the government help you get back up without getting in the way?’ Biden asked. ‘There’s a gigantic – gigantic — difference between John McCain and Barack Obama, and between me and I suspect my vice presidential opponent. And that is that –’ The crowd laughed. ‘Well there’s obvious differences,’ Biden said, beginning to ham it up. ‘She’s good looking,’ he said, laughing.” (Jake Tapper, “Oh, That Joe! (Number 4 In A Series) — Biden On Difference Between Him And Palin: ‘She’s Good Looking,’” ABC News’ “Political Punch” Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 8/31/08)

    Would you call this belittling or patronizing? This belittlement of Sarah Palin is reminiscent of Obama and his campaign attacks on Hillary Clinton which pissed off a goodly number of Democrat women voters.

    Team McCain responds:

    RNC Victory 2008 Chair Carly Fiorina released the following statement today in response to Democrat attacks on Governor Sarah Palin:

    “I am appalled by the Obama campaign’s attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin’s experience. The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life. Because of Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the Presidency and the treatment she received, American women are more highly tuned than ever to recognize and decry sexism in all its forms. They will not tolerate sexist treatment of Governor Palin.”

    Sexism and patronizing women = Barack Obama and his campaign for the Presidency.

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  • John McCain,  President 2008

    John McCain Blogger Conference Call with Carly Fiorina

    RNC Victory Chairman Carly Fiorina comments on her new role with the Republican National Committee

    Flap just finished up on a blogger conference call with former HP CEO Carly Fiorina. Today’s topic was the John McCain campaign and economic policy.

    More to follow……..


    The other bloggers on the call:

    Flap Question: There are going to be a number of battleground states in the campaign. How do you and the campaign plan to tailor your economic message to the desperate type of markets like Indiana and Ohio versus the Far West, say Utah or the battleground state of New Mexico?

    Carly Fiorini: First, it is an obvious statement to make that his election may be in many ways be of the economy. The economy encompasses many things – the high price of fuel, the plan for energy independence which McCain will be talking about next month, health care because health care costs are a huge part of an employer’s bill these days. And, fundamentally encompasses free trade. But, fundamentally the economy is an important message. And, clearly while Americans all over the country are hurting there are particular issues in each state.

    One of the things, as an example of what you are talking about is talking in local specifics about free trade. An example, is a McCain speech this past Monday in Illinois. And, McCain talked very specifically about the number of dollars Illinois exports and the number of jobs tht are dependent upon free and open trade. One of the tings the campaign must continue to do is to speak about economic issues in very local terms notwithstanding the fact there are some economic issues that are common across the United States.

    Another example, because we are in California, is to take the example of entrepreneurialism, access to capital and job creation. California, particularly in Silicon Valley, trying to apply some of those lessons to other areas of the country which you will be seeing him do as time goes on. in other words small business counts for 75% of job growth in this country – obviously we need to get our economy growing again and creating jobs. How do we make sure small businesses have access to capital that they need? And, continue to grow? That we are lowering the tax burden on small businesses and encouraging investment in technology because we know all of those things work and work better now in a state like California.

    And, finally, McCain talks alot about the tax burden on the stump. And, uses as an example, the reality that governments matter – different business tax rates in different states. You can save auto jobs leaving Michigan and going to South Carolina in part because of the differentiated tax structures in those two states.

    More to follow…….


    Ok, James Richardson, over at the RNC has graciously put up the entire blogger conference on audio here.

    Flap can stop his VERY poor transcription skills and you can listen to Flap’s and the other blogger’s questions and Carly Fiorina’s answers.

    Most Striking to Flap:

    John McCain favors a bi-partisan commission to solve Social Security and Medicare insolvency problems and will NOT be making specific piecemeal proposals of his own during the campaign. This may be wise from a policy perspective but Obama and the Democrat Party surrogates will continue to demagogue the issue and wage some class warfare in portraying the GOP as a “DO NOTHING” party.

    Flap’s suggestion: Prepare a White Paper on what McCain would recommend to the bipartisan commission.