“Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment. And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments doesn’t represent a conflict of interest,” Fiorina said.
Critics have seized on a report by The Washington Post that Clinton’s family foundation accepted donations from foreign governments while she was still serving as secretary of state.
Fiorina also took aim at Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.
“She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights,” she said. “She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own office's pay standards — and neither will our president. Hillary likes hashtags. But she doesn’t know what leadership means.”
In attacking Clinton directly, Fiorina looked to rile the conservative activists attending the conference -- and to highlight her status as the only woman in the fledgling GOP presidential field.
“Like Mrs. Clinton, I too have traveled the globe. Unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment,” Fiorina said, cribbing comments she made earlier this week. “I have met Vladimir Putin and I know that his ambition will not be deterred by a gimmicky red reset button.”
In her remarks, Fiorina hit an inspirational note as well -- and her Clinton critique, combined with a nod to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his address to Congress next week, earned her the first standing ovation of the day.
Fiornia on women: "We are not a special interest group, we are the majority."— Katie Zezima (@katiezez) February 26, 2015
On Friday, Fiorina will again strike a women-oriented note, appearing at a CPAC panel titled, “Countering the 'War on Women' Lie.” Next month, she'll be featured at a Republican women's conference in Iowa.