Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addressed an audience at the Melaleuca Global Headquarters in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday afternoon.
Fiorina spoke on a variety of political topics including why she believes she is qualified to become president of the United States and answered a number of questions from members of the audience.
“I am running for the presidency of the United States because I believe we have come to pivotal point in our nation’s history,” Fiorina said. “Where the possibilities of too many Americans — indeed the potential of this great nation — is being crushed by a government that has grown too big, too powerful, too costly, too complicated, too inept and too corrupt. I believe at this pivotal point in our nation’s history we must take our government back.”
Fiorina said she supports small family-owned businesses because they are what have supported a strong economy.
“For the first time in history, we are destroying more businesses than we are creating,” she said. “That is why our economy is only growing at 2 percent. That is why we have so many people who want to work more but can’t find a job. That’s why wages haven’t grown.”
Fiorina responded to questions from the audience.
“I will make you this promise,” she said. “In my first term in office I will submit a budget that balances within a decade. That is absolutely something we can do.”
Fiorina said she plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m a cancer survivor,” she said. “I understand how important it is that a family not be bankrupted by a pre-existing condition. I know there are people who genuinely need help, but Obamacare has solved not a single problem and has made crony capitalism far worse.”
She said she plans to give states the responsibility to manage high-risk pool for those who genuinely need help.
“Why states,” Fiorina said. “Because the closer you put decision making and money to the people affected by those decisions, the more accountable those decisions are.”
Fiorina said because of the difficulty for graduating students to find jobs, it is important to build up small businesses and new businesses.
“I started in a nine-person real estate firm, a small business,” she said. “My husband Frank of 30 years started out driving a tow truck in a family owned auto body shop. So when we are crushing small businesses, and we are, we are making it more and more and more difficult for someone to become an entrepreneur. We’re not creating enough jobs.”
Fiorina said she wants more competition and to decentralize the federal student loan program to drive tuition costs down.
“We need more choices in lower K-12 education and more choices in higher education,” she said. “We need less rules that add cost and expense, and we need to have competitive student loan industry so that you have real option and that you have real power as a consumer.”
She said when she becomes president she will get people involved by including them in her weekly radio broadcasts.
“I’m going to ask you in my weekly radio addresses to take out your smart phones,” Fiorina said. “I will say ‘Ladies and gentlemen, do you agree with me that we need to know where your money is being spent? Do we need justify every dollar and spend every dollar wisely? Press one for yes and two for no.’”
She technology will be a tool used to focus the frustrations of the American people on the political process.
“We know politicians respond to pressure,” Fiorina said.
Fiorina said on her first day in the oval office she will make two phone calls.
“The first will be to my good friend Bibi Netanyahu,” she said. “To reassure him that this nation will stand with the state of Israel always.”
She said her second call will be to the Supreme Leader of Iran.
“He may not take my phone call realistically, but he will get the message, the message is, new deal,” Fiorina said. “Until you open every military, every nuclear facility to real any time anywhere inspections by our people not yours, we the United States of America will make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system.”
Fiorina ended her speech by calling on the audience to think of Lady Liberty and Lady Justice.
“Think about Lady Liberty,” Fiorina said. “She stands tall and strong; she is the way America must always be. Lady Justice holds a sword by her side because she’s a fighter; she’s a warrior for the values and the principles that make this nation great.”