2016 GOP Candidate Carly Fiorina called into Kilmeade & Friends today to discuss CNN making changes to the debate rules, the Iran deal, Donald Trump and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Expecting Twins.
CNN Debate Changes
"CNN looked at the facts and realized that there are so few polls between August 6th and September 10th that by averaging polls that went all the way back to July 17th they were really disadvantaging people who made a big move. I'm the only candidate who has gone in the polls from the lower 10 to the top 10. I am not number 4 nationally. Number 3 in NH and Iowa and so they took a look at that and said we need to look more carefully at the polls between August 6th and September 10th which clearly was the right thing to do. I have to say, we had literally thousands of people across the country weighing in with CNN and saying this just isn't fair she's earned her place on that stage. I am so grateful to all the people across the nation who weighed in. This was a big team effort."
ON TAKING SHOTS AT DONALD TRUMP
"I would say we have taken shots at each other. Donald Trump has called me a failure on more than one occasion. I think my record speaks for itself. The point I was trying to make, and I will make it again if the occasion arises, is I think Donald Trump is very effective at criticizing others ought to, perhaps, aim more of his criticism towards the democrat front runner. I mean, Hillary Clinton is the front runner of her party and in the end we need a nominee to beat whoever the democrats put up. I tend to go by the Ronald Reagan rule. You know, it's important to draw contrast between myself and Donald Trump. I will. Myself and Jeb Bush, or Ben Carson or anyone else, I will. But in the end we have to defeat a democrat party machine that is undermining the character and the foundation of this nation."
REACTS TO JEB BUSH AD ON TRUMP. Kilmeade: That might be the reason why he isn't attacking Hillary Clinton.
"Well, that might be. They are clearly friends or friendly. I mean, I think that is clear. He has been upfront about that. Look, I'm as disturbed by the fact that in 2012 he said that he thought amnesty for 30 million illegals was the right answer and he criticized Mitt Romney heavily. I am more disturbed by the fact that he does not want to defund Planned Parenthood. I am more disturbed by the fact that he thinks that a single payer healthcare system is the answer. I don't think any of those are the right answers for America and that's what I mean when I say I am perfectly prepared to draw contrasts where those contrasts are necessary."
Are you concerned that you will not be able to stand out like you did in the first debate with only two hours and 11 candidates on stage in the next debate?
"The short answer is no, I am not concerned. I think if you look at the last debate, what you will see is people stood out with a relatively small amount of time. Ben Carson had a terrific performance and he didn't get that much time. Look, I think viewers, listeners are pretty discerning. I think the political establishment seems concerned about how many people are running. I don't think voters are actually, I don't sense concern on voter's parts. I think voters are eager to hear from people. I think they are grateful to have such a broad field and I think it gives people a real opportunity to compare and contrast, which is what this is all about."
On President Obama having enough votes to push through the Iran nuclear deal...
"It is why I have been saying that from day one in the Oval Office I will make two phone calls. The first to Bibi Netanyahu, a man I have known a long time and who I am fortunate to call a friend, to reassure him we will stand with the State of Israel. The second call will be to the Supreme Leader of Iran and the message will be this: new deal. I don't care what deal got signed, the new deal is this, until you open every nuclear facility to real, anytime, anywhere inspections by our people and not yours, we the United States of American will make your life as difficult as possible to move money around the global, financial system. We don't need anyone's permission or collaboration to do it and we must do it. Even if congress had managed to vote this deal down, the rest of the world has moved on. China and Russia and the rest of Europe are in there and the money is flowing and we must cut off the money flow."
Are you disappointed in this vote?
"Of course. President Obama and John Kerry got rolled. They got rolled at the negotiating table. This is a terrible deal. I can remember sitting in Bibi Netanyahu's office having a private conversation about Iran and then I walked down the hall and met with the head of Mossad, Israeli secret intelligence, and talked about Iran. I was able to do that because I held the highest level of clearance available to a civilian. There is no doubt, Brian, that Iran is hell-bent on acquiring a nuclear weapon. There is no doubt they are funding their proxies to sow conflict in the Middle East so they can become the reigning power in the Middle East. There is no doubt about this so we must cut off the money flow.
On Sec Kerry saying if we walk away from the nuclear agreement, that will confirm Iran's worst fears about America and the West.
"From the very beginning, President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and now Secretary of State Kerry, have been way too concerned about the Supreme Leader of Iran. Way too concerned about what people think and what these people feel. I think actions speak louder than worlds. The Iranian's actions have been crystal clear for a very long time. Their actions confirm that they want to be a disruptive power in the Middle East and they are hell-bent on acquiring a nuclear weapon. Unfortunately this administration has paled right into it. That's what I mean when I say they got rolled at the negotiating table. There is time if we have the right person in the White House in 2017 to roll this back, and I will. But I must say I am not utterly surprised that congress has failed to stop this deal. Honestly, even if they managed to vote it down, the reality is the world has moved on, which is why it is so critical we have a commander in chief who understand our allies and our adversaries. I have spent a lot of time in the Middle East, so I also know with great certainty, the Saudis, the Egyptians, the Kuwaitis, the Jordanians, the Emirates, all of these nations are now saying to themselves, we need to take care of ourselves because they cannot count on the United States of America and they are beginning an arms race as we speak."
After you were fired, one of the first people to call you was President Bush. What was that like?
"I was grateful for his call. There were two calls on that day that I remember. I got fired during in a board room brawl. When you lead you have to challenge the status quo and you make enemies. It's interesting, the ringleader of the boardroom brawl wrote a letter to the New York Times, his name is Tom Perkins, saying that I was a great CEO, he supports me for president and he made a mistake. George Bush called me and Steve Jobs called me. George Bush wanted me to go work for him. He had tried to get me into the administration for some time and I was grateful for that vote of confidence but I wanted to do some other things at that point in my life. Steve Jobs called to say 'Hey, been there, done that twice'. Steve Jobs was fired twice and it was a hard day in many ways but it was also a good day in many ways because I received literally thousands and thousands and thousands of phone calls and notes and best wishes from people who understood what happened. And so life goes on."
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announcing she is pregnant with twins.
"First of all, congratulations to Marissa Mayer. What this demonstrates is high performing workplaces give women and men opportunities to balance all of the many demand in their life. If you build a rigorous meritocracy, not a seniority system that exists in the federal government, not mandating things from the federal government as Hillary Clinton would like to do. If you build a meritocracy and you measure people on their performance and you give people the tools to balance the many things in their lives, men and women will perform better."