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June 12, 2015

Carly Fiorina 2016: The New Face Of Feminism? [PODCAST]

Today's episode of the Freedom Report podcast zeroes in on Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. During a speech at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the former Hewlett Packard CEO outlined her belief in free market solutions to problems women face in modern society. 

Fiorina's vision includes bold solutions such as offering over the counter access to birth control, which ironically Planned Parenthood opposes because it means women would have to pay for their own. Fiorina argues that expanding access in such a way allows the market to solve health problems while keeping costs low. “We have loads of data that support that when you put something over the counter, the costs plummet dramatically,” she said. “And so I really think this is a specious argument on the Democratic side. Frankly, I don’t understand why they’re not supporting over-the-counter birth control. I think it’s completely illogical.”

Much of Fiorina's focus has been on attacking Hillary Clinton, but she'll need to have a broader strategy if she wants to poll in higher digits so that she will qualify for the Republican presidential debates. Only the top 10 candidates in the polls will be included, and Fiorina suffers from a lack of name recognition that might deep six her candidacy before she can even get it off the ground. 

Libertarian listeners would do well to educate themselves about Fiorina, who's unorthodox positions on the War on Drugs have set her apart from the other candidates, save for perhaps Rand Paul and Rick Perry.

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