Apr 28, 2015 4:00 PM
CONCORD – Carly Fiorina says she’s running for president.
“I can say that I will be making a formal announcement in the very near future. And I am very encouraged by what I’ve experienced here in New Hampshire over the last many months,” Fiorina said Tuesday during a sit down interview with NH1 News.
But Fiorina refused to confirm reports that she’ll make that announcement on May 4. Asked if she could share details on her campaign launch, she said “no, I won’t tell you that.”
Fiorina’s interview with NH1 News came as she kicked off a three-day swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state. And it came on the same day that the Supreme Court was hearing a major case on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
Fiorina said that “I support civil unions because I think that government shouldn’t discriminate in the way that it provides benefits. I also know that marriage for so many of us is a religious sacrament. It has been that way across every religion for millennia.”
Asked if she would attend a same-sex ceremony, Fiorina said “I have attended a reception in a same sex couple’s home and celebrated with them. I would not be comfortable doing that in a church, for example. But I certainly would be willing to attend a civil ceremony or reception if I were invited to do so. And I have many gay friends and I’m glad they’re happy.”
Fiorina stopped by NH1’s studio right after kicking off her latest Granite State swing at an event with business leaders at the Barley House in downtown Concord. She told the audience that “I’m very encouraged as I get ready to begin this journey that we’re going to have a conversation with the people of New Hampshire and the people of America.”
And as she does at every opportunity, Fiorina criticized Hillary Clinton, the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Hillary Clinton should not be president of the united states. Not because she’s a woman. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president of the United States because she is not transparent and she is not trustworthy,” she said.
Fiorina’s the only woman in the field of up to 20 Republican 2016 candidates and likely contenders. Asked if she’s the GOP’s answer to Clinton, Fiorina said “If I’m the nominee of the party, there are certain things Hillary Clinton can’t do. Hillary Clinton cannot talk about becoming the first woman president. Hillary Clinton cannot talk about the war on women. Hillary Clinton cannot play the gender card at all. What Hillary Clinton, if she faces me, will have to do, is talk about her track record and her transparency and what she’s actually accomplished.”
The former Hewlett Packard CEO, ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, winning the GOP primary but losing by 10-percentage points to incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in the general election.
This time around, Fiorina will face off for the GOP nomination against a lot of candidates with high name recognition and big bucks. But she’s confident she can be competitive, saying that “I’ll be able to compete. I’ll be able to go the distance.”
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