Jul 7, 2015 12:48 AM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
PORTSMOUTH – Carly Fiorina says “Donald Trump is famous for saying outrageous things.”
In her first public comments reacting to Donald Trump’s controversial comments regarding Mexicans immigrants, Fiorina told NH1 News “this was also an outrageous thing and my guess is this is not the last he says. But he does not represent me and he does not represent my party. So I think we should get used to the fact that he will keep saying outrageous things.”
Trump made the comments in his June 17 GOP presidential campaign launch in New York City. That evening at a rally in Manchester, Trump repeated the controversial language, saying “I have so many friends that are Mexicans. But the people who are coming into our country are in many cases brutal. You’ve the drugs guys, you’ve got rapists, you’ve got killers.”
Since then Trump’s repeatedly stood by his language. On Monday he released a statement saying that “the Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”
“The last thing Mexico wants is Donald Trump as President,” he added.
Asked by NH1 News if Trump’s comments should disqualify him from running for the White House, Fiorina said “that’s up to the voters to decide. I would just say that Donald Trump has been a self-promoter for a very long time.”
Exclusive look at private dinner
Fiorina spoke to NH1 News as she arrived at a dinner party at the Portsmouth home of prominent Seacoast GOP activists Renee and Dan Plummer. The home, which looks down on the Memorial bridge, has spectacular views of the Piscataqua River and the harbor.
The Plummers have hosted more than a dozen presidential contenders at the business roundtable luncheons at the Pease International Tradeport so far this election cycle, but only about a half dozen candidates have been invited for a dinner at the Plummers’ home.
NH1 News was given exclusive access to the dinner for Fiorina and a guest list of some of the most influential Republicans in the Granite State.
After mingling and dining with the guests, Fiorina gave speech, joking that “many of you asked me isn’t campaigning hard work. We’ll, huh, this isn’t exactly hard work. Beautiful apartment, wonderful food, lovely company.”
And Renee Plummer says that’s the secret to attracting the candidates.
“First of all we feed them really well. They get some great food here, great views, and they’re with other people that they can have great conversations with,” Plummer told NH1 News.
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