Call B.S. on the Candidates: Part 1 - Carly Fiorina

In light of this week's big debate on Fox News, I've been doing some more digging into the backgrounds of the GOP candidates trying to figure out where my support should go.

I haven't been old enough to vote for long but it doesn't take decades of ballot-experience to realize there is no such thing as a perfect candidate. So, with that in mind, I'm going to attempt to call B.S. on some of each candidate's own spin.

I don't do this because I have anything for or against one candidate over another. At this point, I'd classify myself as "undecided". My hope is to maintain the stamina required to find at least one point from each candidate that sets off the ol' bullshit detector.

I Call Bullshit - Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina speaks to Republicans at CPAC

Why is it that politicians think Americans love a rags-to-riches story? (Maybe it's true). If you watched the debate, you likely heard Marco Rubio mention living paycheck to paycheck and his father's job in a local tavern.

With a lot of buzz about Carly Fiorina's performance in the first of the two debates this week. I thought I should learn some more about her. It didn't take long to find some things that didn't exactly match-up with reality when it comes to the narrative her team is spinning.

From her "meet Carly" page:
"Only in the United States of America can a young woman start as a secretary and work to become Chief Executive of one of the largest technology companies in the world."
Wow, she started as a secretary? Amazing climb through the corporate ranks, right? It sounds like she sure had a humble start to life!

The campaign reiterates the story on the same page of their website. Wow, they're really pushing this humble "picked up by her own bootstraps" narrative!
"Carly started out as a secretary for a small real estate business. She typed, filed paperwork and answered the phone. Eventually she would become a leader in technology, business and charity."
Fiorina was born in Austin, Texas in the mid 1950's. While her very first job may have been as a secretary for a real estate company. It's not like she had grew up in the urban ghetto and had to beg, borrow and steal her way to a degree from a public university.

Fiorina is the daughter of a law school dean and federal judge and attended Channing School, a private institute in London for girls. Today, the school charges the equivalent of $8,000 per term for their "junior school". Are you paying $8,000 per semester for your child's elementary education?

Fiorina attended the Channing School in London
Channing School in London, England

That secretary gig? Well, she worked it summers before she attended Stanford - another private institution - and earned the VERY valuable degrees of philosophy and medieval history.

Nothing says "get stuff done" quite like a Philosophy degree.

Fiorina also holds degrees from the University of Maryland and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Not exactly the rags-to-riches story her spinsters would lead you to believe.

You might be asking - So What?

You're right. There's nothing necessarily wrong with her background. However, she's not from a typical middle class background. Why won't they just acknowledge her as such. If her team is glossing over this point, what else aren't they being transparent about? When it comes to credibility and trust, marketing gets in the way of these candidates and this is an obvious example of it.

From Fiorina's website:
"It is time to declare the end of lowered expectations. It is time for citizens to stand up to the political class."
So... if Fiorina has it her way, you'll replace the "political class" with the daughter of a federal judge. To me, that sounds like bullshit and frankly, this story line needs to be replaced by her campaign with an actual platform. At this point, I can't find any information on her website about where she stands on any issues from guns to the economy - there is nothing.

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