Carly Fiorina in Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate


On Budget & Economy: Combine zero-based budget with tax reform

Sen. Ted CRUZ: I would eliminate 25 programs [including] corporate welfare like sugar subsidies. Sugar farmers farm under roughly 0.2% of the farmland in America, and yet they give 40% of the lobbying money.

FIORINA: This is why we must combine, actually, zero-based budgeting with tax reform because unless we can examine, and cut, and move, every single dollar of discretionary spending in the federal government. Ask yourself this question: How is it possible that the federal government gets more money each and every year for 50 years, under Republicans and Democrats alike, and yet, never has enough money to do the important things? The answer? All the money's always spoken for. All the money's spoken for. So, we have to go to zero-based budgeting, which is a simple idea. There's been a bill for zero-based budgeting; it exists, it can be voted on. Every dollar must be examined. Any dollar can be cut. Any dollar can be cut, any dollar can be moved.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Budget & Economy: Dodd-Frank bank regulation is how socialism starts

What's interesting about Dodd-Frank is it's a great example of how socialism starts. Socialism starts when government creates a problem, and then government steps in to solve it. Government created the problem of a real estate boom. Republicans and Democrats said, "home ownership is part of the American dream. Let's create a bubble," and then government stepped in. The big have gotten bigger, and 1,590 community banks have gone out of business.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Foreign Policy: Arm the Kurds, the Emiratis, and more

We have a set of allies in the Arab Middle East that know that ISIS is their fight. They have asked us specifically over and over again to support them. King Abdullah of Jordan, a man I've known for a very long time, has asked us for bombs and material, we have not provided it.

The Egyptians are asking us to share intelligence, we are not, I will. The Kurds have asked us to arm them for three years, we are not, I would. The Egyptians, the Saudis, the Kuwaitis, the Bahrainis, the Emirati, the Kurds--all of these understand ISIS is their fight, but they must see leadership support and resolve from the United States of America. We have the strongest military on the face of the planet, and everyone has to know it.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Government Reform: We've become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws

Big government has created a big business called politics. We need to do five things to really get this economy going again.
  1. We need to go to zero-based budgeting so we know where every dollar is being spent, we can challenge any dollar, cut any dollar, move any dollar.
  2. We need to actually reform the tax code. Go to a 3-page tax code. Yes, there are plans that would reform our tax code to 3 pages.
  3. In addition to rolling back what Pres. Obama has done, we need to do a top-to-bottom review of every single regulation on the books. That hasn't been done in 50 years.
  4. We need to pass the REINS Act so Congress is in charge of regulation, not nameless, faceless bureaucrats accountable to no one. We've become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws.
  5. And finally we actually, yes, have to hold government officials accountable for their performance. All this has to be done, and the citizens of this nation must help a President Fiorina get it done. We must take our government back.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Government Reform: Problem is government growing bigger, crushing growth

This government has been growing bigger and bigger, more corrupt, less effective, crushing the engine of economic growth for a very long time. This isn't about just replacing a Democrat with a Republican now. It's about actually challenging the status quo of big government.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Health Care: ObamaCare is failing; replace 10,000 pages with free market

Q: How will you alleviate the pressure on small business from ObamaCare?

FIORINA: Well, first ObamaCare has to be repealed because it's failing the very people it was intended to help, but, also, it is crony-capitalism at its worst. Who helped write this bill? Drug companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, every single one of those kinds of companies are bulking up to deal with big government. So, we have to repeal it. It's tens of thousands of pages long, no one can possible understand it except the big companies, the lawyers, the accountants, the lobbyists that they hire to protect their interests. Then, we have to give back to states the responsibility to manage a high risk pool. We need to try the one thing in health insurance we've never tried. Health insurance has always been a cozy, little game between regulators and health insurance companies. We need to try the free market. The free market. Where people actually have to compete.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Health Care: Replace ObamaCare with state-managed high-risk pools

Q: You say you want to repeal ObamaCare; but what's the alternative?

FIORINA: The alternative is to allow states to manage high risk pools for those who really need help. Look, I'm a cancer survivor, OK? I understand that you cannot have someone who's battled cancer just become known as a pre-existing condition. I understand that you cannot allow families to go bankrupt if they truly need help. But, I also understand that ObamaCare isn't helping anyone . We're throwing more and more people into Medicaid, and fewer and fewer doctors are taking those payments. The point is ObamaCare is crushing small businesses, it is not helping the families it was intended to help. So, let us allow states to manage high risk pools. Let us try the one thing in health insurance we've never tried, the free market. Let us ensure that as patients and customers that we have information to shop wisely for our health care.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Principles & Values: Take back government and restore security and prosperity

Imagine a Clinton presidency. Our military will deteriorate. Our veterans will not be cared for. The rich will get richer. The poor will get poorer. The middle class will continue to get crushed. A Clinton presidency will corrode the character of this nation. Because of the Clinton way: lie as long as you can get away with it. We will restore the character of this nation, the security of this nation, the prosperity of this nation, because as citizens, we will take our government back.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Technology: The secret sauce of America is innovation

I know more about innovation and entrepreneurship than anyone on this panel because I have led innovative businesses in the most highly competitive industry in the world for decades. The truth is the secret sauce of America is innovation, and entrepreneurship, it is why we must cut our government down to size, and hold it accountable. It's why we have to take our government back, because innovation and entrepreneurship is crushed by a 73,000 page tax code and a vast regulatory thicket.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On War & Peace: Aggressive exercises in Baltic; more US troops in Germany

Q: Russia has invaded Ukraine, and has put troops in Syria. Should we talk with Mr. Putin?

FIORINA: I would not be talking to Vladimir Putin right now, because we are speaking to him from a position of weakness brought on by this administration, so, I wouldn't talk to him for awhile, but, I would do this: I would start rebuilding the Sixth Fleet right under his nose, rebuilding the missile defense program in Poland right under his nose. I would conduct very aggressive military exercises in the Baltic States so that he understood we would protect our NATO allies. And I might also put in a few more thousand troops into Germany, not to start a war, but to make sure that Putin understand that the United States of America will stand with our allies

Q: Gov. Bush suggests a no-fly zone in Syria while Donald Trump says no. Your opinion?

FIORINA: Gov. Bush is correct. We must have a no fly zone in Syria because Russia cannot tell the United States of America where and when to fly our planes.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

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Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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