"She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won’t answer basic questions about her own offices’ pay standards—and neither will our President," Fiorina said. "Hillary likes hashtags. But she doesn’t know what leadership means."
This comes as Fiorina and her aides have been floating the idea that Clinton is cribbing from Fiorina in her book title and her speeches.
"Hillary needs some original ideas," Fiorina said in an interview right before her CPAC speech.
So, what's the deal between Fiorina and Clinton?
First, the evidence that Clinton is stealing Fiorina's boring book title for her own boring book title, or that she is stealing boilerplate lines from Fiorina for her own boilerplate speeches is pretty thin. Fiorina and her aides haven't identified evidence of plagiarism and -- duh -- this is all just political positioning.
Being anti-Clinton is a very good thing for a Republican trying to prove her conservative bona fides. And, the Clinton-Fiorina juxtaposition puts Fiorina in the same airspace -- ahem -- as Clinton, which is exactly where she wants to be. It's the main argument for her candidacy--she is uniquely equipped to blunt the power of an historic Clinton run. (Supposedly).
After her speech, Fiorina was asked why it's important to have a female candidate in the race for the White House. "I think our party needs to be as diverse as the nation we hope to represent....women are now 53 percent of voters, we are not a special interest group, she said. "And I will say this: if Hillary Clinton had to face me on the debate stage, at the very least she would have a hitch in her swing."
The crowd roared of course, which means you'll be hearing this line again. And again.