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Fiorina Promises to Restore Possibilities

John Pemble
Carly Fiorina speaks at a Dallas County Republican event in the West Des Moines Marriott

Republican presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, spent an hour-and-a-half speaking to about 75 people in a downtown Cedar Rapids coffee house Thursday morning.  She promises to restore what she calls "possibilities," in Americans' lives.

“And we knew, we knew that our lives were defined by possibilities, and our children and our grandchildren’s lives would be filled with even greater possibilities. And yet, people don’t know that anymore. And when we lose the sense of limitless possibilities that has always defined this nation, we are losing the core of who we are.”

In a brief conversation with reporters as she was leaving, she was asked about her strategy for competing in the Iowa Republican caucuses.

“We’re three days into a presidential campaign…and the Iowa caucuses are obviously very important and they are one of many important things that need to happen. And so, we’re not going to put all of our eggs in any one basket.  But, we are going to work hard and compete hard and hopefully continue to perform well in every opportunity, including the Iowa caucuses.”

Fiorina went on to say that she’s running against Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

“What I want to know is what have you done? And the truth is Hillary Clinton hasn’t done a lot except for obfuscate, muddy up, fuzz up a whole bunch of questions

Without mentioning opponents she must defeat to win the Republican nomination, Fiorina portrayed herself as a leader rather than a manager.

“Everything about me is different. My experience is different. My life is different. My experience is different. My perspective is different. My voice is different. My approach to problem solving is different.”

Fiorina also says to win the presidency, Republicans must first win with women voters. 

Fiorina is a former business executive who ran an unsuccessful 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate in California.  Later in the evening she spoke at a Dallas County Republicans event in West Des Moines.