Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina promises zero-based budgeting, supporting married same-sex couples with same benefits as heterosexual couples and not giving U.S. citizenship to illegal migrants.
While Fiorina boasts of being the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business in her stint as chief executive for HP, it was her time with the company that has become the center of criticism.
Carly Fiorina presidential bid
Fiorina said that as soon as she is given the presidential seat, she will call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei and the head of the Democratic Party, to discuss issues with them.
She will also promote her pro-life stance on abortion and will promote equal benefits for same-sex couples while supporting civil unions.
“I think government cannot provide benefits in a discriminatory fashion. But marriage is a religious institution. Only a man and a woman can create life which is a gift that comes from God, and I think it is important for us to respect and protect those who hold that view,” Fiorina told TIME.
She, however, does not support giving U.S. citizenship to illegal migrants.
“At some point they may be able to earn legal status, but I do not think they should have a right to earn the privilege of citizenship. Perhaps their children will get to be citizens someday, but I think the privilege of citizenship should be left to those who have worked hard and have done it the right way,” she said.
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Carly Fiorina laid off 30,000 employees as CEO of HP
An anonymous source has put up the website carlyfiorina.org, following Fiorina’s official announcement of her candidacy.
“Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard. It was this many,” the website reads. This was followed by 30,000 sad faces representing each and every employee who lost jobs under Fiorina’s leadership.
“And what does she say she would have done differently? ‘I would have done them all faster.’ — Carly Fiorina,” was written at the very bottom of the page.
Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Holly Shulman spoke of such criticism.
“Fiorina’s short time at Hewlett-Packard is all we need to know — laying off 30,000 employees, while being rewarded with a multimillion dollar bonus. If this is how Fiorina ran her business, just imagine what she would do to the country,” Shulman wrote in a statement obtained by CNN.
In defense of Fiorina, deputy campaign manager Sarah Isgur Flores said she led the company during the recession.
“If HP had gone under during the recession — and it was by no means a foregone conclusion it would have survived the recession — then every employee at HP would have lost their job. In the end, the company succeeded and grew because of her tough choices,” Flores told CNN.
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