Thursday, June 18, 2015

Carly Fiorina floors Katie Couric on abortion

Carly Fiorina is at the present time the only female republican presidential candidate. She is former CEO of Hewlet Packard, former republican candidate for the senate, and current chairperson of Good360.  I have now listened to a couple interviews she gave and she appears to me to be a very intelligent conservative candidate. I'm very impressed.  I especially loved the way she schooled Katie Couric on abortion.

COURIC: Let me ask you about the GOP and the trouble it's had among female voters. As you well know, in the last midterms, women were ten points less likely than men to support Republicans. It's the largest gender gap in decades. How do you shore that up for the GOP?

FIORINA: A lot of times, women will come up to me and say, "You know, I'm very uncomfortable with the extreme position the Republican Party takes on abortion." And so, I'll say, "Do you know what the Democratic position is?" Most people don't, by the way. The Democratic policy is any abortion, any time, for any reason at any point in a woman's pregnancy, right up until the last minute, to be paid by taxpayers. Barbara Boxer described this policy as, "It's not a life until it leave the hospital." How do you feel about that? Most women are horrified. If I ask women: How to you feel about the fact that a 13 year old girl needs her mother's permission to go to a tanning Solon, but not to get an abortion.  Most women are horrified by that. How do you feel about the fact that a tattoo parlor is more rigorously regulated and inspected than an abortion clinic. Women are horrified by that. The truth is, most Americans, most women, most young people, most most Americans, have now come to a point of view that an abortion for any reason at all after five months is a problem.  So lets take that common ground. I think our tone matters.  We can't be judgemental.  We can't be angry. But I also think we have to make sure people understand the extremity on the other side. 

COURIC: But you say after five months and you oppose abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger. 

FIORINA I'm pro-life.

COURIC: So – But what you're saying is that most Americans support it –

FIORINA: Right. So, let's find common ground.

COURIC: So, what is the common ground?

FIORINA: Well, the common ground, clearly, now, if you look at the polls, the common ground is that people believe abortion after five months for any reason at all is wrong. So, good. Let's take the common ground:

COURIC: But what about – What about – So – So – Where is the common ground?

FIORINA: Let's take that common ground.

COURIC: So, you oppose it, except in the case of rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger. So, what about those who feel it should be legal for the first five months?

FIORINA: You see, Katie, I think you're just jumping over what I just said. So, what the political class on both sides has done for way too long is argue at the extremes. And in the meantime, there is real common ground. So, we can argue at the extremes here or we can say, you know what –

COURIC: No, I'm curious what is the common ground?

FIORINA: The common ground is if you look at every poll, the majority of Americans, the majority of women and the majority of young people now believe that abortion after five months for any reason is now wrong. So, let's pass – there was a bill in front of the House. Let's pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. That's common ground.

COURIC: So, what is your position on abortion though? Your – as a candidate?

FIORINA: I'm a pro-life candidate because I believe that science is proving us right every day..We've been doing successful surgery in utero on fetuses as young as four months for quite a long time. The DNA in a zygote is precisely as the DNA the day you die. But I understand and respect, Katie, not everyone agrees with me. What I think, is even while we don't agree on everything, let's come together and solve a problem where we have common ground. The truth is there are lots of children being aborted after five months.  That Americans now agree that maybe we should step in and save them.  So let us do that.

COURIC:  So do you believe Roe v Wade should be overturned?

FIORINA:  You know, Roe v Wade right now is the law of the land.  Can we take on common ground right now.  Let's just get that done.

COURIC:  So, is that answer to that question no?

FIORINA:  Let's get common ground done first.  

Transcripts compliments of CNN