The former Hewlett-Packard CEO positioned herself as the diametric opposite to the Democratic frontrunner, nodding at a future general election race between the two of them.
“We must beat Hillary Clinton,” she said, making her prepared statements with a deliberate, staccato delivery. “Carly Fiorina can beat Hillary Clinton. I will beat Hillary Clinton, and under a president Fiorina, we will restore the character of this nation, the security of this nation, the prosperity of this nation because as citizens, we will take our government back.”
On the eve of Veteran’s Day, Fiorina also darkly predicted that a Clinton presidency would lead to impoverished care for U.S. military veterans.
“Our military would continue to deteriorate, our veterans will not be cared for, and no, Mrs. Clinton, that situation is not exaggerated,” Fiorina said.
In October, Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that last year’s scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which revealed that vets were waiting months to receive medical attention, “was not as widespread as it has been made out to be.”