The 2016 presidential election is just months away now and CitizenLink had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with candidate Carly Fiorina. Fiorina was making her way across New Hampshire and she spoke by phone with President and CEO Paul Weber about her personal faith journey.
“I remember waking up one Christmas morning and suddenly understanding: human beings are capable of building a global positioning system, which is capable of keeping track of billions upon billions of moving objects with such precision that at the precise right moment, we can hear a voice telling us, ‘At the next legal opportunity, make a U-turn.’ I realized that if man can do that, then yes, Jesus Christ knows every detail of our lives.”
She is grateful for what she calls that “revelation,” as life would get difficult for her soon after.
“A couple years later, I went through a long and difficult battle with cancer, but I was not afraid because I knew our Lord was with me every step of the way,” she explained. “Two weeks after I finished that long battle, we buried our younger daughter Lori who was taken by the demons of addiction. I know that I could not have made it through that dark time without Jesus by my side.”
Weber then asked Fiorina how she would deal with the Supreme Court and the potential the next president has to nominate up to 4 justices.
“My dad was a judge,” she said. “He was a conservative jurist on the incredibly liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. I watched my dad, a principled conservative, stand up to pressure for decades. He was very proud of the fact that the Supreme Court usually referred to his dissenting opinions when they overturned the 9th Circuit.
“I will nominate people who have the courage of their convictions and who have a track record of sticking to their convictions, even under pressure. And I’ll spend a lot of time getting to know my nominees, not delegating it to the general counsel of the White House, because what I’m going to be looking for are men and women like my father, who are conservatives, who believe as we do, but are prepared to stand up and take the pressure.”
Concerning the court’s marriage decision, how would she deal with that while protecting people of faith?
“We must have state-based RFRA laws, because it’s very clear that the federal government and the state governments will, in fact, impinge on American citizens’ religious liberty and so they have to be protected,” she said. “I do not think, as some politicians have said, that it is realistic to pass an amendment to the Constitution. But I do think it is realistic, and I do think it is necessary to ensure that each and every state, as well as our nation, have laws that protect religious liberty.”
On the issue of life, Fiorina pointed to her tenacious stand on the issue in the debates.
“I am very outspoken about life,” she told Weber. “We have to restore the character of our nation and there are two parts to that. One is to stand for the sanctity of life, and you have seen me stand up over and over and over on this issue, and also to protect and restore religious liberty. So let me just say, in the first President Fiorina budget, there will be no budget for Planned Parenthood. Period.”
With primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina on the horizon, Weber asked what she felt she needed to do in order to win the nomination. Her answer was signature Carly.
“The American people have been told to sit down and be quiet and accept the way things are. Eighty percent of us now believe we have a professional political class of both parties that cares more about running and winning and saying whatever they need to say to get elected – and then doing whatever they please. Whether or not anybody or everybody listening to me has made up their minds, in your heart of hearts, what you all know is you cannot wait to see a debate between me and Hillary Clinton. I can beat Hillary Clinton. And while it is not the last thing we must do to take our country back, it is the first thing we must do to take our country back.”