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A leader's most important decisions are about people. Who do you put in which jobs? How long do you leave them in a job?
Carly Fiorina
I think it would help tremendously to have a senator that knows where jobs come from, that knows how to create them, that knows how to bring them back and, importantly, knows what it means to manage billions of dollars' worth of expenses and cut billions of dollars' worth of expenses.
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A woman's experience is different from a man's in virtually every respect, including how she is treated by the media.
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I have very eclectic tastes.
When men cut jobs, they're seen as decisive. When women do, they're vindictive.
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This world is clearly emerging before our eyes. The shifts ahead, the opportunities ahead are massive.
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People who don't fit the mold are treated differently than those who do.
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The truth is in California you can't build a new manufacturing facility, and businesses are leaving in droves because of bad government policy.
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I think we ought to ban earmarks. I think we ought to give citizens the opportunity to designate up to 10 percent of their federal income tax toward debt reduction. If we did that, we would reduce our debt by $95 billion a year.
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We can rebuild an alliance to fight ISIS, but we have to lead, and we have to give our allies what they are asking us to do. We do not have to march off to war, but we have to help our allies fight a war which we need them to win.
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Most of the media… is positioning the merger with Compaq and the recent actions by Walter Hewlett and David Packard as a fight between the past and the future.
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Well, first, if I am fortunate enough to be elected to the U.S. Senate, it won't be a party that will have elected me. It will be the people of California.
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I don't take on a fight just for a fight. I don't tilt at windmills.
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I think when you've been a career politician for 34 years you have to run on your record.
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I really believe that all CEO pay should be voted on by shareholders ahead of time. Mine was.
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The GAO just released a report that said 22 percent of federal programs fail to meet their objectives. The truth is we don't know how taxpayer money is spent in Washington, D.C., which is why I think we ought to put every agency budget up on the Internet for everyone to see.
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Well I think money has been going into political campaigns for a very long time.
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Well, I've been a Republican for all of my voting life.
There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore.
Had anyone told me that I was going to have a career in business, I would have said, 'No way.'
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People's ideas and fears can make them small but they cannot make you small. People's prejudices can diminish them but they cannot diminish you. Small-minded people can think they determine your worth. But only you can determine your worth.
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Fiscal policy is not just, or even not even principally, the purview of the president.
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It's the federal government's job to secure the border.
A merger is hard to pull off under any circumstances. It's harder when everybody is against you.
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My goodness, my hair's been talked about by a million people, you know? It sort of goes with the territory.
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The truth is, Hillary Clinton's ideas create more income inequality. Why? Because bigger government creates crony capitalism. When you have a 70,000 page tax code, you've got to be very wealthy, very powerful, very well connected to dig your way through that tax code.
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I'm happy to tell you that having been through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation, breast cancer is officially behind me. I feel absolutely great and I am raring to go.
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Politics exist in the boardroom, as well.
Quitting law school was the most difficult decision of my life. But I felt this great relief that this is my life and I can do what I want with it.
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I know why jobs go, and I know why they come.
What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table. And then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices.
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We need more transparency and accountability in government so that people know how their money is being spent. That means putting budgets online, putting legislation online.
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I understand how bureaucracies work. And that's important because our government has become a vast, huge, bloated, corrupt bureaucracy.
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Look, I'm a cancer survivor, all right? So I have great personal empathy for people who have pre-existing conditions and can't get insurance.
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A boardroom is a collection of individuals, and individuals have varying motives, egos, agendas and qualifications. Sometimes the dynamics can go off track.
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I've never thought in terms of 'men do this' and 'women do that.'
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Well I'm not a novelist. I've only written one book and that is a memoir.
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Life is measured in love and positive contributions and moments of grace.
Whatever your issue, your cause, the festering problem you thought would be resolved – the political class has failed you.
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I didn't get a phone call from Bill Clinton before I jumped in the race … maybe it's because I hadn't given money to the foundation or donated to his wife's senate race.
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You take unacceptable risk, you have to be prepared to face the consequence.
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I think somehow men understand other men's need for respect differently than they understand it for a woman. I'm disappointed to have to say that, but I think it's undeniably true.
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Of course people think Washington is arrogant. It is.
The truth is, I'm proud of the life I've lived so far, and though I've made my share of mistakes, I have no regrets.
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Many people have asked me how I feel about losing my job.
I've traveled around the world.
There are Tea Parties, and I would say plural, in California.
I started out as a receptionist. I typed, I filed, I answered the phones for a little nine-person company.
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I don't think we're going to see the price of oil going down in the near future, that's the reality.
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2016 is going to be a fight. A fight between conservatism and a Democrat Party that is undermining the very character of our nation.
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You don't create jobs by passing bills, you create jobs by cutting taxes.
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You know, Californians care about protecting their environment. So do I. But they also care about that in the context of a healthy economy.
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If you have a line of business – I know this as a CEO – or if you have a teenager – I know this as a parent – who have a spending problem, what do you do? You quit giving them money.
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I think Donald Trump taps into an anger that I hear every day. People are angry that a commonsense thing like securing the border or ending sanctuary cities is somehow considered extreme. It's not extreme; it's common sense. We need to secure the border.
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You do not need to have a 2,400-page bill come out of Washington, D.C.
You take unacceptable risk, you have to be prepared to face the consequence.
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Look, you need technical skills to run a company.
We need to be very well aware of the fact that China and Russia are using technology to attack us, just as ISIS is using technology to recruit those who would murder American citizens.
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Very ugly things were said about me.
Don't think of yourself as a woman in business.
Women are not all single-issue voters.
I think bolstering free trade is a boon to the dollar.
Well, you know, I – again, even in the context of BP, I wonder about this government's priorities. The federal government's top priority right now should be the cleanup. And BP certainly has done so many things wrong. They need to be held to account.
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I mean there are many people who have endorsed me that I agree with on some things and not others.
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I'm a pro-life candidate because I believe that science is proving us right every day.
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Every job is important because each one represents an American's livelihood and ability to raise a family. Yet spending our time building walls around America will do nothing to help us compete for the millions of new jobs being created.
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What I have said to people is that I've lived the American dream, because I have.
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Any work that's worth doing has its challenges as well as its opportunities. That's true if you're running a business, it's true if you're trying to help on a campaign.
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That's the thing about business. Facts and numbers and results actually count. It's not just about words as it is in politics.
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You have to master not only the art of listening to your head, you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut.
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Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lied about emails, she is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party's frontrunner.
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I started out typing and filing and answering the phones for a little nine-person firm. And that nine-person firm gave me my chance to find my own way.
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Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class.
I know more world leaders on the stage today than anyone running, with perhaps the exception of Hillary Clinton.
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You know, every family and every business in California knows what it means to go through tough times.
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Obviously the Senate is a federal office, but to get California's economy moving again we need to do some things in the federal arena.
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Russia – having sat across the table from Vladimir Putin, it's pretty clear when you meet him that he has an almost limitless ambition for power. And he's been very good at acquiring it – political power, economic power, military power, territorial power.
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I lost my job in the most public way possible, and the press had a field day with it all over the world. And guess what? I'm still here.
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You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
I think the dot-com boom and bust represented the end of the beginning. The industry is more mature today.
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To build a great company, which is a CEO's job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom.
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When you lead change, sometimes you get arrows in your back. I mean, that's just the way the real world is.
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If values matter in an organisation, you have to be prepared to act consistently.
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You can find lots of people like you through technology, and women in particular like communities.
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When our most important issue is the debt that we're piling on our children and grandchildren, I think it's pretty helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate who has actually managed billions of dollars and knows how to cut billions of dollars.
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I certainly support civil unions.
I think what's fascinating is how many people are playing in politics who maybe haven't played before.
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Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system.
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I love being a woman. I like dressing up; I love buying shoes.
I think 4 percent growth is a good goal. And I think the fact that we have become used to an economy that sort of putt putts along between 1 and 2 percent is sort of tragic.
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People have decided that career politicians may be part of the problem, not part of the solution.
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Like Hillary Clinton, I, too, have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe. But unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.
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If a decision-making process is flawed and dysfunctional, decisions will go awry.
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Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes.
You know, I'm very proud of the large number of Hispanic endorsements that I've received.
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I think a strong dollar is the result of policies, but I don't think the strong dollar is in and of itself a policy.
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The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.
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You know, the truth is this: it is a leader's job to challenge the status quo. And when you do, you make enemies.
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My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
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But ours was intended to be a citizen government. It is what of, by and for the people means. And when our most important issue in California is the creation of jobs, I think it's quite helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate or in the governor's seat who actually knows where jobs come from.
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The Democratic policy is any abortion, any time, for any reason at any point in a woman's pregnancy, right up until the last minute, to be paid by taxpayers. Barbara Boxer described this policy as, 'It's not a life until it leaves the hospital.'
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I learned long ago that the most effective way to compete is to play your own game, and I've been competing with men my whole life.
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I managed Hewlett Packard through the worst technology downturn in 25 years, the dotcom bust.
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If someone believes they are limited by their gender, race or background, they will become more limited.
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When it turns out that you were supposed to be disclosing all these foreign government donations to the Clinton Global Initiative while you were Secretary of State, and you didn't, and now the Clinton Global Initiative is having to restate their 990s, that doesn't sound very trustworthy to me.
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I understand how the economy actually works.
Californians are worried about whether they will have a job along with ballooning federal spending and deficits.
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I don't give up on commitments until what I've been asked to do is clearly finished.
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When you challenge other people's ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it.
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I am a conservative and proud of it.
Once I dive in, I dive in all the way.
Do not be afraid to make decisions, do not be afraid to make mistakes.
I felt disconnected from the decisions made in Washington and, to be honest, really didn't think my vote mattered because I didn't have a direct line of sight from my vote to a result.
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I'm not a professional politician, I'm a problem solver.
Crony capitalism is alive and well: the big are bigger, the wealthy are getting wealthier because, with a very large powerful complicated government, which is what we have and which Democrats want more of, only the big, the powerful, the wealthy and the well connected can survive.
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You know, I believe that technology is the great leveler. Technology permits anybody to play. And in some ways, I think technology – it's not only a great tool for democratization, but it's a great tool for eliminating prejudice and advancing meritocracies.
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