Dec 062015
 
Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina © Cynthia Hanevy/CJH Photography LLC

When I set myself the goal of photographing every viable presidential candidate, I was anxious to learn more about Carly Fiorina.  I liked the success story she often tells of starting out as a secretary and rising to become CEO of Hewitt Packard.  I soon found out that she has appeared on more than one “worst CEO list,”  but  she did oversee the lay offs of many, many employees-not a great way to win friends and influence people.  And adjectives like “best” and “worst” will surely sell more articles than adjectives like “OK” or “acceptable,”  so I am prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt on this.  Even opponent Chris Christie acknowledged when speaking of Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina (impatient with their bickering) at the Republican Debate on September 16: “You’re both successful people. Congratulations.”  I can relate to her struggles with cancer, and I feel deeply for her loss of a child to drug addiction.  As for Donald thinking Carly Fiorina doesn’t look presidential, all I can say is check that hair, Donald!

Carly Fiorina is a pro-life candidate, favoring a ban on abortion 20 weeks after fertilization with exceptions for incest, rape, and danger to the mother’s health.  She favors equal opportunity for women, but then again who is going to come out and say we should discriminate against women? She believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but is OK with civil unions.  I have always thought that the government should get out of the marriage business and leave that to the churches.   Civil unions can handle the property type issues related to long-term partnerships.   In our society, marriage carries the connotation of God’s approval of the union.   Let’s leave that to the churches and separate it from the state.  Carly supports moving more control of education to local sources.   I am not sure I can support this idea.   It seems to me that we need federal oversight to ensure that all students in the US have access to adequate, quality education.

Carly impresses me as a tough, strong woman.   She is fond of saying in public appearances that, support her or not, we would all love to see her debate Hillary Clinton.   As far as I am concerned that is absolutely true!   I believe she would hold Hillary’s feet to the fire and I know Hillary could fire right back.   My main concern with Carly Fiorina is that she seems to have a problem passing fact checks.   It makes me wonder…is she ignorant of the facts or is she just hoping we are?

Sources:  Carly Fiorina speeches and debate performance, Mercury news, ontheissues.org

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