Fiorina discusses latest ‘View’ appearance in N.H.
By Samantha-Rae Tuthill | November 9, 2015, 6:33 EST
LONDONDERRY, NH — With another presidential debate set to take place on Tuesday night, Republican hopeful Carly Fiorina made a stop at the Londonderry Middle School on Saturday to speak to a crowd of more than 200 voters in the nation’s first primary state.
Fiorina was introduced by State Rep. David Lundgren (R-Londonderry) who, in a reference to Fiorina’s recent flap with daytime talk show host Joy Behar, told the crowd that he thinks the only woman in GOP field is “pretty darn good looking.”
Lundgren was responding to comments made last month by Behar on her daytime show “The View,” which she co-hosts with Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Collins and others. Behar said that the former Hewlett Packer CEO’s face would make a good Halloween mask, and Collins said that Fiorina’s face was “demented.”
On Friday, Fiorina appeared on “The View” to challenge Behar and Collins about their comments and to discuss her policy prescriptions for America.
“We saw that you were a little upset with us about a comic comment that was made,” Goldberg challenged Fiorina. “So how will you get a thicker skin to accept some of the humorous things that will be said about you?”
Fiorina, who has spoken at length on the campaign trail about the the challenges of succeeding in business as a woman and about the double standard that applies to conservative women, did not hesitate to fire back.
“I’ve been called all kinds of things, Whoopi … I’ve been called a bimbo from the time I was a secretary to the time I was a CEO,” Fiorina said, “I have a real thick skin.”
This was the second time Fiorina has appeared on “The View.”
On Saturday, she told the Londonderry crowd that she recognizes the show’s audience is not a traditionally Republican one, but noted that it is important to “talk to people who don’t yet know they agree with us.”
Fiorina urged the New Hampshire crowd to stay involved in the political process, arguing that change only occurs when the voters make their voices heard. Fiorina cited the Veterans Administration scandal as an example. Last year, it was revealed that at least 35 U.S. armed services veterans died while awaiting treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Health Administration system. An internal V.A. audit later revealed that more than 120,000 additional veterans across the country were either waiting for or had been denied services.
Americans, Fiorina said, were rightly outraged. She noted that it only took three weeks to change federal regulations regarding the ability to fire VA employees because the American people got involved, and she called on citizens to continue to put the pressure on Congress to reform the V.A.
On Tuesday night on the Fox Business Network at 9 p.m., Fiorina will debate her GOP rivals, Florida senator Marco Rubio, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Texas senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Ohio governor John Kasich, businessman Donald Trump, and Dr. Ben Carson.