Earlier today, I had the chance to interview Carly Fiorina on her campaign for the Senate; I expect to devote at least two posts (including this one) to the conversation.
Given that one of my readers had wondered whether the former HP CEO had backed the $787 “stimulus,” that has failed to fulfill its promise to keep unemployment below 8% and so set it on a downward trend, my first question was to address that reader’s concern. I asked her if she supported the “stimulus” (as some of Chuck DeVore’s campaign material suggests). She began her reply with an emphatic, “No.” She pointed out that she had such as much on Fox and CNN in March. Her opposition, she reminded me, has been “consistent and on the record.”
She doesn’t believe the “stimulus” attacked the real problem and asserted it wouldn’t create jobs.
When I brought up “card check,” she said she “adamantly” opposed the legislation, adding that she “cannot understand” why anyone would want to undermine the secret ballot in union elections.
Two things most impressed me about the interview. First, Carly undertands how government regulation impedes innovation in the marketplace and hurts entrepeneurs, preventing employers from creating jobs. Second, she recognizes the importance of new media, intending to use “technology aggressively” in her campaign.
To be sure, I’m not on board with Carly on every issue. She, for example, supported Prop 8. But, I do like the general gist of her campaign: to use new media to promote conservative reform the federal government and so to promote free enterprise and job creation.