Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is ending her race for the GOP nomination for the presidency. Fiorina came in seventh in the New Hampshire primary.
Feisty Ms. Fiorina won the first undercard debate hands down and battled her way onto the main stage in September, but she suffered a blow when MSNBC kept her off the stage for the last debate before Tuesday's primary.
Her numbers were such that she was wise to drop out, and I feel certain many nervous Republicans are wishing other candidates would follow suit (New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose vicious attack on Senator Marco Rubio during the last debate has been compared to detonating a suicide belt, is rumored to be on the verge of ending his campaign).
Of all the dark-horse candidates who’ve run in GOP presidential primaries over the last eight years, she seemed to have the most potential to become a real threat. She knew her stuff, she could debate with the pros, and she wasn’t obviously trying to move merchandise. Kind of a shame that she ended up as marginal as she did.
From her statement posted on Facebook:
This ampaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I've said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I'm not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.
Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you're a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn't shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.
On Hillary Clinton's gadabout tenure at the Department of State: “Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity not an accomplishment."
On Donald Trump's adverse comment about her face: "Ladies, look at this face," she said. "This is the face of a 61-year-old woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle."
We will miss her wit but feel we will be seeing her again.