Carly Fiorina is joining the many Republicans slamming Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for comments that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God.
Appearing on Meet the Press, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard and vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee appeared to abandon her candidate in defending Mitt Romney instead.
Asked if Richard Mourdock’s comments are reflective of a greater disrespect for women in the Republican Party, Carly Fiorina chose to defend Mitt Romney and cast aside Mourdock:
“Well, first of all, talk about bad timing for Mitt Romney’s endorsement. Richard Mourdock said a really stupid thing and he apologized and Governor Romney’s position on life is identical to Richard Mourdock’s Democratic opponent. In other words, in that state, there are two pro-life candidates running, Richard Mourdock is clearly more extreme and I agree, I think, most people disagree with him. But here’s the reason why Governor Romney is gaining among women right now. He’s gaining among women. And that’s because women care about the economy. Women care about the role of government. Women care about their children’s education. Women care about their health care. And more women are living in poverty under this president that in anytime in decades, that’s why Governor Romney is winning with women.”
Carly Fiorina also turned her attention to Barack Obama, saying the president hasn’t delivered on his promise to bring unemployment down and bring economic growth. When asked about Obama’s strong standing in Ohio, a crucial swing state in the 2012 presidential election, Fiorina noted that it has actually been the policies of Republican governor John Kasich that turned the state around.
“Well, that important battleground state has a Republican governor that’s done exactly the opposite of what Obama claims he’s going to do. That is he’s lowered taxes and closed budget deficits. But I actually find the trust argument very odd because President Obama promised that we would have 4.2 percent economic growth. Right now we have two percent. He promised an unemployment that would be far below where it is today. He hasn’t delivered on his promises. On the issue of trust, what is going on with regard to Libya? I mean here we have an extraordinary thing where the president comes out on Friday and says I directed that everything possible should be done to aid our embassy under attack. That attack went on for seven hours. We now know that Secretary of Defense saying he denied requests for help over that seven hours.”
Carly Fiorina speaking out against Richard Mourdock seems to be more telling than her defense of Mitt Romney. Though Mourdock has found some support from the GOP the Indiana Senate candidate is also seeing a wave of Republicans speak out against him. His odds to win the seat fell by about 50 percent since the rape comments, Yahoo! News blog The Signal noted.