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Nov 17, 2015 5:46 PM

Steinhauser: In 1-on-1 intv. with NH1 News, Fiorina touts foreign policy chops

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CONCORD – Carly Fiorina touts that when it comes to battling ISIS, “I would argue I have more foreign policy experience that anyone else running on the Republican side.”

The GOP presidential candidate made her claim, which will most likely be disputed by her Republican rivals, in a one-on-one interview Tuesday with NH1 News.

The convention wisdom is that the horrific attacks in Paris may politically benefit presidential candidates who’ve held office and who have experience with issues such as national security and foreign policy. In a field of 15 Republican candidates, only Fiorina and co-front runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson have never held elective office.

Fiorina disagrees with that assertion, saying “I have unique experience in foreign policy, unique among the insiders and the outsiders. Not only have I spent many decades in Europe, in the Middle East, meeting with people. I know virtually all of these leaders. But I’ve also held the highest clearances available to a civilian, advised the CIA, NSA, two secretaries of defense, a secretary of state and a secretary of homeland security. And it is why I understand so clearly that the United State of America must stand with our allies. We must confront our adversaries, we must lead. Only this nation can lead.”

And she added that “I would not lump me in with Donald Trump or Ben Carson.”

Fiorina also criticized President Obama and Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS.

“President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton declared victory in Iraq and against the advice every military general, just withdrew precipitously and they left ISIS with vast swaths of territory and weaponry and they have consistently underestimated the threat of this enemy. They won’t even call it by its name. ISIS is an Islamic terrorist organization that is at war with us, and President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, now the presumed Democratic nominee, will not say who they are, and will not admit that we must wage a war against them and win,” Fiorina said.

Fiorina, the only female candidate in the GOP 2016 presidential field, spoke with NH1 News minutes before headlining the annual meeting and luncheon of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women.

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