Sept. 30–Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina touted her business experience and leadership skills at a stop Tuesday at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in Oklahoma City.
The former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief said she wants to be president to “unlock the potential in others” and stop what she called an out-of-control federal government run by a “professional political class.”
“We can do something about it,” Fiorina said to a friendly crowd of about 150 people at OIPA’s headquarters. “Ours was intended to be a citizen government. We, the citizens of this great nation, must now take our government back.”
Fiorina said longstanding issues such as border security, entitlement reform and bipartisan tax reform have been talked about for decades in Washington with few results. She said both government and business have too many managers who tinker around the edges and not enough leaders who challenge the status quo.
OIPA President Mike Terry introduced Fiorina, detailing a resume that included her first job as a receptionist at a real estate firm and her rise to CEO of a major technology company. Terry also said he admired her resilience as she battled cancer and dealt with the death of a child.
“She has faced some very difficult challenges in her life, and yet, she’s done all these wonderful things,” Terry said.
In her speech and in response to an audience question, Fiorina threw her support behind several issues of interest to the audience, including approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, lifting the crude oil export ban and curbing excessive environmental regulations.
She also addressed climate change, urging the audience to “read the fine print” in scientific reports.
“Climate change is being used as the reason why the possibilities of this industry are being crushed,” Fiorina said. “All the scientists who tell us that global warming and climate change is manmade and real, they will also say that with current technology, it will take a concerted effort, coordinated over 30 years, costing trillions of dollars, to make any difference at all.”
Although Fiorina touted her reputation on the campaign trail for answering any and all questions — including one about whether a hot dog is a sandwich — she did not take questions from the media after the event. A campaign spokeswoman said Fiorina had limited time in her schedule.
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