Sarah Palin Asks Iowa, ‘Are You Ready for Hillary?’

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Here’s Why Carly Fiorina Thinks She Can Best Criticize Hillary.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Businesswoman Carly Fiorina is introducing herself to Iowa’s Republican voters by drawing contrast with the top prospective candidate on the Democratic side. At first glance, the Republican Party appeared to have picked a pretty run-of-the-mill politician to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address – the biggest set piece event of the US political calendar.Sarah Palin threaded fond memories of her previous visits to Iowa amid a long, scattershot address to the conservative crowd at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday.

And who can beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. “Things must change for our government,” Palin said. “Look at it–it isn’t too big to fail; it’s too big to succeed. The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee recalled that she first met Chris Kyle, the soldier who’s now the subject of the “American Sniper” film, in Iowa, and that her family’s Labrador retriever puppy was trained by a trainer in Des Moines. Maybe they’re struggling with family breakdown or drug abuse, he said, but they still want to work hard and better themselves — they just have holes in their boats. “We need to be the party of the worker,” Santorum said. “What percentage of American workers own their own business? Fiorina cast the former secretary of state as a disappointment on the world stage who failed to defuse serious foreign policy threats. “Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe,” she said, Time noted. “But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Beyond the Iowa references, Palin’s 35-minute speech was a free-form reflection on Republican presidential strategy, Democratic dishonesty, personal slights, the glory of the United States and its military, and several other subjects. “We get honest on national security,” Palin said in one representative riff. “We give hope to the people that we need not — we will not —succumb to evil, and we call it as it is, we address it.

As one of the least-known potential candidates, Fiorina devoted ample time to a biographical introduction, including her distinction as a breast cancer survivor. She never mentioned by name either Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush, two popular moderate Republicans who are skipping the summit, though she did go after Hillary Clinton, considered the Democratic frontrunner. Hillary Clinton may be playing the starring female role in the current Washington cast of characters – but it’s the Republican women who never cease to intrigue. That must be, by the way, that 800-pound elephant in the room of the White House that the radical left won’t even name — they won’t even name the threat to our way of life today.

We’ll hit it, we’ll name it. “It is any Muslim who would choose evil, whose loyalty to a death-cult perversion is so darkened and has deceived their soul that they actually think they’re welcome here to transform here. Clinton, flying is an activity not an accomplishment.” A Republican strategist told TIME last year that Fiorina could be a potent weapon for the GOP in the coming cycle. “The most effective way to criticize a woman is to have another woman do it.”

Iowa’s first female senator is the gun-toting daughter of a pig farmer (on arrival in Washington, she was presented with a pig castration device mounted on a wooden plaque). “Growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes,” she told Congress this week. “So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry.” In another crazy ad campaign – that in Britain would almost certainly be hailed a spoof – a leather-clad Ernst hops off the back of a motorbike before loading up a gun and blasting a few rounds. Palin started a 30-minute speech addressing her latest rounds of controversy: defending both the film American Sniper and its protagonist, Chris Kyle.

What we do is strengthen our military, we respect our troops and let them, our troops as our gatekeepers, we let them tell jihadists, ‘Uh-uh, this is our house, get the hell out.’ ” She also addressed the controversy that erupted recently over a picture of her youngest son Trip standing on top of the family’s pet Labrador, saying that the pet had been trained in Iowa. And another bouffant-haired bombshell, Michele Bachmann, certainly spiced up the 2012 Republican race. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” she opined. “We’ve had an earthquake, we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’” The former Hewlett Packard CEO is the only woman who looks set to throw her hat into the ring for the Republican nomination (with plenty of blokes sniffing around the prize). The 60-year-old – who rose from secretary to Silicon Valley chief – has got heads turning after she said in an interview: “I’m very seriously considering running”.

When asked why she’s interested in the Oval Office, she replied: “Because I think we need different experience, different perspective and a different voice.” Despite holding presidential ambitions she’s never won an election before, unsuccessfully challenging California Senator Barbara Boxer in 2010. In fact – she hasn’t even voted in most elections, admitting: “I’m a lifelong registered Republican but I haven’t always voted, and I will provide no excuse for it.

You know, people die for the right to vote.” She dropped out of law school and worked as a receptionist in a hair salon, before becoming the first woman in history to run a Fortune 20 company when she took over HP in 1999 (although her tenure was rocky and she was forced to resign after five and a half years). “Women are still held to a different standard and scrutinised more than men are,” she told the Wall Street Journal in 2010. “It happened to Hillary. She even managed to see the funny side of her post-chemotherapy, cropped silvery hair. “This is not the look of a left-wing radical”, she joked during a speech to Republican activists. “It’s the look of a proud cancer survivor”. In 2012, 55 per cent of female voters cast their ballots for Obama, while only 43 per cent voted for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (remember his “binders full of women” comment?) An all-male Republican nomination line up would only exacerbate that problem.

So even if Fiorina’s expected bid flops (and let’s be frank – she’s unlikely to win) she could still inch her party closer to the prize just by putting her head above the parapet.

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