Carly Fiorina in CNN 2015 GOP primary debate


On Drugs: Marijuana laws should be left to the states

Boulder Colorado may be hosting the third 2016 GOP presidential debate, but not all candidates on stage are publicly sold on one major issue in Colorado: legalized pot.

Sen. Rand Paul has long been a vocal supporter of the issue being left to the states, as opposed to strictly enforcing federal law, and he's spoken favorably of cases involving medical marijuana.

While other candidates might voice tempered acknowledgement of recreational pot, they also point out other issues where a hard line against drugs should be held. "The marijuana that kids are smoking today is not the same as the marijuana that Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago," businesswoman Carly Fiorina said during the last debate. Fiorina also said marijuana should be left to the states but, like Bush, has emphasized the need to tackle the drug issue of heroin overdoses while on the campaign trail in areas like New Hampshire.

Source: The Hill weblog on 2015 Republican two-tier debate on CNN Oct 28, 2015

On Abortion: Planned Parenthood harvested organs from living babies

As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain. This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Civil Rights: U.S. will be better off when women have equal opportunity

Q: What woman should be on the $10 bill??

A: I wouldn't change the $10 bill, or the $20 bill. I think, honestly, it's a gesture. I don't think it helps to change our history. What I would think is that we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation, and this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Corporations: I got fired because I challenged the status quo

I led Hewlett Packard through the worst technology recession in 25 years. Yes, we had to make tough choices, and in doing so, we saved 80,000 jobs. As for the firing, I have been honest about this from the day it happened. When you challenge the status quo, you make enemies. The man that led my firing, Tom Perkins, just took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to say he was wrong,
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Drugs: Drug addiction is an epidemic that takes our young people

I very much hope I am the only person on this stage who can say this, but I know there are millions of Americans out there who will say the same thing. My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction. So, we must invest more in the treatment of drugs.

I agree with Senator Paul [that drug laws favor the rich over the poor]; I agree with states' rights [allowing marijuana legalization]. But we are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It's not. And the marijuana that kids are smoking today is not the same as the marijuana that Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago.

We do need criminal justice reform. We have the highest incarceration rates in the world. 2/3 of the people in our prisons are there for non-violent offenses, mostly drug related. It's clearly not working. But we need to tell young people the truth. Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people. I know this sadly from personal experience.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Drugs: Stepdaughter died of addiction; invest in treatment of drugs

There's a very real reason Carly Fiorina is against legalizing marijuana: She watched her stepdaughter, Lori Ann Fiorina, battle drug addiction and die an early death, at just 35 years old. At the CNN debate, Fiorina turned to her personal history: "My husband and I buried a child to drug addiction. We must invest in the treatment of drugs."

Fiorina first shared details about the 2009 loss of Lori in her book, "Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey", which she published earlier this year. "The two police officers stood awkwardly in our living room," she writes of her and her husband's experience at the start of the book. "The police officers said our daughter was dead, 3,000 miles away. Lori couldn't--or wouldn't--take that first step of admitting she was powerless over her addiction. And ultimately her body just gave out," she writes further into the work.

Fiorina came into the lives of her two stepdaughters, Lori Ann and Tracy, when she married her husband, Frank, in 1985.

Source: Refinery29.com on 2015 Republican two-tier debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Foreign Policy: Rebuild 6th fleet instead of talking to Putin

Q [to Fiorina]: Mr. Trump said he could do business with President Vladimir Putin, you say and that they would get along "very well." You've met Vladimir Putin...

FIORINA: Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn't talk to him at all. We've talked way too much to him. What I would do, immediately, is begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense program in Poland, I would conduct regular, aggressive military exercises in the Baltic states. I'd probably send a few thousand more troops into Germany. Vladimir Putin would get the message. Russia is a bad actor, but Vladimir Putin is someone we should not talk to, because the only way he will stop is to sense strength and resolve on the other side, and we have all of that within our control.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Foreign Policy: No Iran nuke deal unless we can inspect

You have not heard a plan about Iran from any politician up here, here is my plan. On day one in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls, the first to my good friend to Bibi Netanyahu to reassure him we will stand with the state of Israel.

The second, to the supreme leader, to tell him that unless and until he opens every military and every nuclear facility to real anytime, anywhere inspections by our people, not his, we, the United States of America, will make it as difficult as possible and move money around the global financial system.

We can do that, we don't need anyone's cooperation to do it. And every ally and every adversary we have in this world will know that the United States in America is back in the leadership business, which is how we must stand with our allies.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Government Reform: 75% of people think current government is corrupt

The truth is 75 percent of the American people think the government is corrupt; 82 percent of the American people think these problems that have festered for 50 years in some cases, 25 years in other cases. The border's been insecure for 25 years; 307,000 veterans have died waiting for health care. These things have gone on for so long because no one will challenge the status quo.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Homeland Security: We need strongest military & that whole world knows it

Let's talk about the future. We need the strongest military on the face of the planet, and everyone has to know it. And, specifically, what that means is we need about 50 Army brigades, we need about 36 Marine battalions, we need somewhere between 300 and 350 naval ships, we need to upgrade every leg of the nuclear triad. We need to reform the Department of Defense, we need to invest in our military technology, and we need to care for our veterans so 307,000 aren't dying waiting for health care.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Immigration: People tired of just talking about immigration for 25 years

FIORINA: Immigration did not come up in 2016 [only] because Mr. Trump brought it up. We talked about it in 2012; we talked about it in 2008; we talked about it in 2004. We have been talking about it for 25 years. This is why people are tired of politicians.

BUSH: Look, I wrote a book about this 4 years ago. I laid out a comprehensive approach for immigration reform.

TRUMP: We are spending $200 billion a year on maintaining what we have. We will move them out. The good ones will come back.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Immigration: 14th Amendment allows birthright citizenship; do something

As to birthright citizenship, the truth is, you can't just wave your hands and say "the 14th Amendment is gonna go away." It will take an extremely arduous vote in Congress, followed by two-thirds of the states, and if that doesn't work to amend the Constitution, then it is a long, arduous process in court. And meanwhile, what will continue to go on is what has gone on for 25 years. What has happened? Nothing. The border remains insecure. The legal immigration system remains broken.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Principles & Values: Look to Lady Liberty and Lady Justice

What this nation can be is symbolized by Lady Liberty and Lady Justice. Lady Liberty doesn't shield her eyes from the realities of the world -- she faces outward, as we always must. Lady Justice holds a sword because she is a warrior for the values and the principles that have made this nation great. She holds a scale in her other hand. With that scale she says all of us are equal in the eyes of God. All of us must be equal in the eyes of the law and the government.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On War & Peace: Arm the Kurds and other allies in the Mideast

Sen. Marco RUBIO [to Fiorina]: The Russians will begin to fly combat missions in [Syria and its region], not just targeting ISIS, but in order to prop up Assad. [Russian leader Putin] will then turn to other countries in the region and say, "America is no longer a reliable ally, Egypt. America is no longer a reliable ally, Saudi Arabia. Begin to rely on us." He is trying to replace us as the single most important power broker in the Middle East, and this president is allowing it.

FIORINA: We could rebuild the Sixth Fleet [the US' main force in the Mediterranean Sea]. I will. We haven't. We could rebuild the missile defense program. We haven't. I will. We could also, to Senator Rubio's point, give the Egyptians what they've asked for, which is intelligence. Bombs and materiel. We have not supplied it.We could arm the Kurds. They've been asking us for three years. All of this is within our control.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

The above quotations are from CNN Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
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Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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