DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina sharply criticized Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state on Saturday, saying that unlike Clinton, “I have actually accomplished something.”
In a speech to activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, Fiorina, a possible candidate for president, said: “We must understand our role in the world – which is to lead – and the nature of our allies and especially, our adversaries. Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something.”
“Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity not an accomplishment,” Fiorina continued.
Said Fiorina: “I have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red ‘reset’ button. Having done business in over 80 countries and having served as the chairman of the External Advisory Board at the CIA, I know that China is a state-sponsor of cyberwarfare and has a strategy to steal our intellectual property. I know Bibi Netanyahu and know that when he warns us, over and over and over again, that Iran is a danger to this nation as well as to his own, that we must listen.”
Fiorina, who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, also referenced the attacks in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
“Unlike Hillary Clinton, I know what difference it makes that our Ambassador to Libya and three other brave Americans were killed in a deliberate terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11,” she said, “and that the response of our nation must be more forceful that the arrest of a single individual a year later.”