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Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks Saturday during a town hall meeting at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry. (HUNTER McGEE/SUNDAY NEWS CORRESPONDENT)

Fiorina takes on Clinton, 'crony capitalism' during speech in Derry


DERRY — Going on the offensive against Democrat Hillary Clinton and challenging the political status quo, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina delivered a fiery speech Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.

Dozens of supporters rose to their feet several times during the town hall meeting to applaud the GOP candidate as she also took on Donald Trump, the U.S. tax code and the Iran nuclear deal.

Fiorina drew some laughter from the audience when she said Clinton “has escaped prosecution more times than” the Mexican drug lord El Chapo.

Expressing confidence in her debating skills, she vowed to easily defeat Clinton if she is ever her opponent in a debate. Since she is also female, Fiorina said gender wouldn't be a factor in a debate, and like Clinton she's also a grandmother. So, Clinton would have no choice but to talk about issues affecting Americans, Fiorina said.

She told the audience, “In your heart of hearts you just cannot wait to see that debate between me and Hillary Clinton,” adding, “I'm going to win.”

Fiorina said politicians such as Clinton and Trump have taken advantage of the system for far too long. She challenged the audience members to not settle for a system of “crony capitalism.”

“You have politicians on the inside, like Hillary Clinton, who sell access and influence and rake in money doing so, and you've got people on the outside like Donald Trump who've made billions by buying people on the inside, Fiorina said. “This is the way the game has been played for a really long time.”

Fiorina said many Americans are choosing to settle for an economy where “record numbers of men aren't working, record numbers of women are living in poverty.”

Middle class incomes have remained stagnant for decades, she said.

“Why are we settling for a government that is completely out of control,” she said.

Addressing the complex tax code, she said it favors the wealthy while stifling small business development in the country.

If elected President, she would propose a plan that would radically simplify the code and take it from 73,000 pages down to three.

hmcgee@newstote.com


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