After putting up a tough and brave front, Presidential hopeful and former Hewett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has stepped out of the GOP’s race to be the Republican nominee.
At one point, she was in my top three candidates whom I wanted to receive the nomination, but after seeing how the press treated her and how ABC News ignored her, I knew the tides were against her run.
She rose to prominence after she won the first Fox News undercard debate in August 2015 and was thrown into a whirlwind with the others candidates in the CNN primetime debate in September 2015. She handled the debate with ease and quickly showed her intelligence and grace.
During the early debate process, she won, not one, not two, but three debates, but after getting closer and closer to primaries, the polls were showing that frontrunner businessman Donald Trump would seemingly at the time have only one challenger: Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
After the Iowa caucus, ABC News banned her from the GOP debate, though she did better than a few of the candidates on the stage. Ted Cruz, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a host of others threw their support behind her, but it was not to be. After a poor showing in New Hampshire, Carly Fiorina has stepped out of the race.
While she may not become the President of the United States of America, I want to praise her and the way she campaigned. She stayed above the fray and was classy to the very end. On her Facebook page on Wednesday, she said:
This campaign 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 the Women of America she said:
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.
Her last paragraph was equally important.
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.