Carly Fiorina: The Truth

Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina

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Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP) and a 2016 Republican presidential candidate. She is a right wing conservative.

Carly Fiorina’s Background

Fiorina Failed Running For Senate. Fiorina lost by double digits in 2010 when she ran for the Senate in California, even though many other Republicans won elections that year.

Fiorina Lied When She Said Not “A Single Regulation” Has Ever Been Repealed. “An anti-regulatory stance might make sense for a former business executive seeking the presidency. But Fiorina needs to get her facts straight.” [Washington Post, 4/27/15]

Carly Fiorina On Abortion

Fiorina Opposes A Woman’s Right To Choose. She ran as a “pro-life conservative” in California in 2010.

Carly Fiorina’s Record At HP

Fiorina Destroyed HP’s Value. Hewlett Packard stock dropped nearly in half during the time she was CEO because she was forcing a merger with Compaq.

Fiorina Fired 18,000 People At HP. “At HP, Fiorina developed the reputation of a manager who knocked heads together—or who chopped them off. And there were massive layoffs during her tenure. In 2003, the company announced it would dismiss almost 18,000 people.” [Mother Jones, 5/4/15]

Fiorina Was Fired From HP. “She was ousted after six years in the position, and her tenure remains controversial, with some seeing it as a disaster” [Wall Street Journal, 5/4/15]

Fiorina Pushed To Outsource American Jobs To Other Countries. “When the outsourcing of jobs turned into a national political issue, Fiorina became the poster-girl for an industry campaign aimed at blocking any legislation that would restrict a company’s ability to can American employees in favor of workers overseas.” [Mother Jones, 5/4/15]

HP Family Member: “She Put Herself Ahead Of The Interests Of The Company.” ““She put herself ahead of the interests of the company and I fear she would do the same as president,” Jason Burnett, a grandson of the late HP co-founder David Packard and a member of the Packard Foundation board of trustees, told the Guardian. “I don’t want her to do harm to this country.”” [The Guardian, 5/3/15]

HP Exec: Fiorina Created A “Cult.” “HP’s longtime director of corporate communications, Roy Verley, said his ex-boss alienated colleagues with a “cult of Carly” that put self-promotion first.“She didn’t know what she was doing and couldn’t deliver on her promises,” said Verley, who left HP in 2000.” [The Guardian, 5/3/15]

After Leaving HP In Chaos, Fiorina Was Given A $40 Million+ Golden Parachute. “Fiorina left with $21 million in cash, plus stock and pension benefits worth another $19 million. “ [Time, accessed 5/4/15]

Carly Fiorina On LGBT Issues

Fiorina Opposes Same Sex Marriage. “While she does not endorse same-sex marriages, Ms. Fiorina supports granting government benefits to same-sex couples.” [New York Times, 5/4/15]

Fiorina Supported Indiana’s Law Allowing Discrimination Against Gays. “She defended the recent Indiana law, subsequently altered, that drew criticism for having the potential to allow discrimination against gay people.” [New York Times, 5/4/15]

Carly Fiorina’s Views On The Economy

Fiorina Opposes Raising The Minimum Wage For Working Families. “Speaking at a Clinton Global Initiative forum last June, Fiorina continued to oppose fresh minimum wage legislation, giving standard GOP free-market arguments. “The sad truth is that raising the minimum wage will hurt those who are looking for entry-level jobs,” she said.” [Politico, 5/3/15]

Fiorina Said The Economy “Was Not Appreciably Better” After Unemployment Dropped 4%. In an interview Fiorina said “There is deep disquiet, because here we are in 2015, and things are not appreciably better [than they were in 2010].” But unemployment was at 10% in 2010, and is under 6% in 2015. [, 5/1/15; BLS.Gov, 5/3/15]