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In Plymouth, Fiorina says Obama's ISIS stance is 'infuriating'

Union Leader Correspondent

November 16. 2015 10:11PM
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke at Plymouth State University Monday night. (DAN SEUFERT)

PLYMOUTH — Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina covered lots of ground speaking at Plymouth State University Monday night, hitting issues like government waste, the “bloated” tax code, and telling students of her common stances with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

But a silence fell on a packed room of about 150 students, area residents and supporters at a town hall-style meeting when Fiorina criticized President Obama for his words on a television program Friday morning, just hours before the Paris terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people and wounded hundreds more.

“How infuriating,” she said. “For our President to say on national television hours before the Paris attacks that ISIS has been contained … How infuriating.”

Speaking in the Hage Room as part of Plymouth State’s Presidential Candidate Lecture Series, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said Obama’s policy on ISIS had “failed,” and was critical of the President for not speaking directly to the ISIS attacks, as French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron did, she said.

She criticized Obama and former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for having failed to lead America in fighting terrorism. She was also critical of Obama for removing troops so quickly from Iraq, and for “declaring victory” in Iraq, which helped the terrorist threat grow, she said.

“When the United States does not lead, the world is a far more dangerous place,” she said.

Though the room was filled with supporters wearing “Carly” buttons and student conservative groups, Fiorina, whose poll numbers have remained steadily low at under 10 percent in New Hampshire, acknowledged that there were many Sanders supporters in the room.

She said she agrees with Sanders that the nation’s government has grown corrupt in the past decades, “but Bernie is dead wrong on how to fix it,” she said. “Bernie wants to fix it with more government.”

Fiorina said she wants to help Americans prosper by allowing them to “fulfill their potential.”

But under Obama, she said, “the potential for this nation is being crushed.”

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