The Alabama GOP is having a series of statewide telephone calls with the first being held Tuesday with Carly Fiorina.
In the invitation, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said, “In an effort to help us all get acquainted with our national Republican friends, who are interested in sharing their visions of our nation’s future, we are introducing a first for our state — a conference call series between possible presidential candidates and our Alabama Republicans.”
Fiorina isn’t a household name yet but she’s hoping that in a crowded field her business credentials and straight talk stand out.
Based on recent appearances to date here is what you likely can expect if you call in:
- She can be counted on to attack Hillary Clinton (though occasionally swiping at Bill): The New York Times reports that this is a favorite quip so you may even here it. She used it at CPAC and again at the New Hampshire First in The Nation Forum this past weekend, “Unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment,” referencing Hillary bragging about how much she flew as Secretary of State.
- She’s all business: That’s the emphasis on her background. As the first woman to ever run a Fortune 20 company, Hewlett Packard, you can expect that to be a central part of any campaign and any conversation about her. In a National Review piece titled Fiorina Has Hillary Defenders Worried printed Sunday, John Fund described her business experience and her defense against her detractors. Fund wrote, “She believes she can connect with ordinary voters because her own experience shows how people can rise when they have economic opportunity.” He went on to quote her speech in New Hampshire where she told the audience, “For the first time in U.S. history, we are destroying more businesses than we are creating.” She went on to say, “The weight of the government is literally crushing the potential of the people of this nation.”
- She’s probably running for president. Quotes from Fiorina and her team have pretty much assured us of that. Saturday, on Fox and Friends she said it. Before that on an earlier Fox and Friends visit she put the odds at 90 percent. Reports Sunday night indicate that the announcement may come on May 04, putting her Alabama call just weeks before her launch.