Audience engagement a priority for Fiorina at stop in Newton, Iowa


Instead of giving a speech, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina answered questions from a group of people at Bridgehouse Coffee in Newton, Iowa, on June 25. 

Kyle Heim

When GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina first spoke at Bridgehouse Coffee in Newton, Iowa, on Saturday, she froze her audience.

Fiorina didn’t want to give a speech. She had already given plenty of those on her four-day Iowa trip that began Wednesday, featured 13 stops and concluded Saturday. Instead, she wanted to have a conversation. 

“Maybe I’m not going to give a speech at all this morning because you’ve heard it,” Fiorina said. “Maybe we should just talk about what you want to talk about. What do you want to talk about?”

Fiorina on Obamacare

Fiorina said Obamacare is failing and is not serving the people it was intended to serve. 

“The result of Obamacare is an incredibly complicated set of laws and regulations,” Fiorina said. “Nobody’s read it yet because the law itself is longer than any Harry Potter novel. It’s not very interesting, so nobody finished it.”

Fiorina on ISIS

Fiorina said ISIS is an evil that has to be destroyed. 

“[Our Arab allies] have asked us for very specific things to help them win this fight,” Fiorina said. “They are not asking us to throw thousands of troops into the region. In fact, they don’t want that at all but they do want our help. And they need to see leadership, resolve, strength and courage on our part.” 

Fiorina on immigration

“We’ve had Republican presidents, we’ve had Republican control of the House and the Senate, and guess what? Fiorina asked. “The border’s been insecure for 25 years. A lot of politicians are giving speeches right now, but somehow it never changes. … Everybody’s giving speeches, [but] nobody’s done anything about it. 

Fiorina said the reason she is running for president is because she has had enough of a professional political class that talks a good game, gives a lot of speeches and doesn’t get anything done.

Fiorina on the election 

Fiorina said the 2016 election isn’t about “R” versus “D” or Hillary versus Carly.

“I truly believe the fight we’re going to have to have in order to lead this nation in the right direction once again is a fight between our principles — no one of is any better than any other one of us,” Fiorina said. “… [Leftists] believe some are smarter than others, some are better than others [and] some are not capable of lives of dignity or purpose.” 

Fiorina’s closing message

“I believe this nation is at a pivotal point,” Fiorina said. “I can win this job. I can beat Hillary Clinton. But perhaps even more importantly, I can do this job.”