By The Orange County Register Editorial Board
March 24, 2010
Carly Fiorina, candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, met Wednesday with the Register Editorial Board. We found much to like.
Ms. Fiorina does oppose government health care interference because it’s clumsy and costly. And to the extent programs already exist, they should be held accountable and made to work better, she said. Nevertheless, she emphasized, government intervention in health care should occur only “in very narrow cases.”
Ms. Fiorina reiterated her pledge to seek repeal of the overhaul package, which she criticized as another entitlement that won’t be held within budget. The law, which only magnifies what already ails health care, must be replaced, she said. By that, Ms. Fiorina explained, she meant more private-sector solutions, not more efficient government programs.
Yes, she said, the government must do something: It must undo damage it has wrought by imposing regulations and mandates in the first place. It appears Ms. Fiorina believes that government action is needed to roll back programs, restrictions and mandates – not impose new ones. That’s another big plus, particularly when many Republican candidates would fix what Democrats have broken by imposing merely a Democrat-lite alternative.
“We can’t wipe away those (existing) programs in one fell swoop,” Ms. Fiorina said. But she clearly doesn’t mean to add to them.
Ms. Fiorina emphatically identified herself as a free-market advocate, not a pro-business shill, as many self-proclaimed conservatives turn out to be. She prefers government leave businesses alone to flourish, rather than subsidize their efforts.
As a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Ms. Fiorina understands how jobs are created. The way to fight for jobs, she said, is to lower taxes and reduce regulations. Unless harmful government obstacles are removed, she warned, jobs may flee overseas permanently.
A new poll from the Public Policy Institute shows the race has tightened considerably, with Ms. Fiorina closing the gap with Tom Campbell among Republican likely voters since January. Chuck DeVore’s level of support was unchanged. She touted her candidacy as the Republican capable of beating Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. That could be.
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