Carly Fiorina kept up her tough rhetoric on Hillary Clinton Wednesday, saying the former secretary of state should worry about her own staff and stop “lecturing others” on equal pay for women.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell outside of where Clinton was set to speak in Columbia, S.C., Fiorina also argued that the seniority system is to blame for the issue, not the laws on the books, a point she has argued in the past.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was pointing to the revelation that Clinton paid her women staffers 72 cents for every dollar she paid a man during her tenure in the U.S. Senate.
ANDREA MITCHELL: What about the issue of Hillary Clinton saying she represents everyday Americans? Here she’s talking about equal pay. Do you support equal pay for women?
CARLY FIORINA: Of course I support equal pay for equal work, and that’s why in 1963 when a law was passed guaranteeing that if a woman is discriminated against in the workforce purely because of her gender, she should take every advantage of the law.
But I also know this — a seniority centered system which exists in the federal government that allows a man to watch pornography all day long in the federal government and earn the same pay, pension, and benefits as a woman sitting next to him trying to do a good job, that is not equal pay for equal work. And the seniority system, and the federal government that promotes that seniority system, and the unions as well, they’re not willing to talk about that. So before a federal government or Hillary Clinton — who by her own measures is not paying women equally in her own office, nor is President Obama — before they lecture others, maybe they ought to look into their own offices or look into the seniority system and the federal government.