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Carly Fiorina on Hillary: She Tweets About Women's Rights While Taking Money From Nations That Deny Human Rights

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Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, National Harbor, Maryland, February 26, 2015. |

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addressed the record of Hillary Clinton, the Democrats most likely presidential nominee, Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.

"Mrs. Clinton, please name an accomplishment," she said. "And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments do not represent a conflict of interest.

"She tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights. She tweets about equal pay for women but won't answer basic questions about her own offices' pay standards, and neither will our president. Hillary may like hashtags. But she does not know what leadership means."

In a Feb. 6 interview with The Christian Post, Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said she's "seriously considering" running for president.

"My decision will be based on if we can build the right support, team, and financial resources," she added.

Fiorina implied the potential race against Clinton by saying, "if Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage, at the very least she would have to have a hitch in her swing."

The Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit established by Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, announced it would stop taking money from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state during President Barack Obama's first term, to avoid a conflict of interest.

Hillary Clinton came under fire this month, partly from fellow Democrats, when reports surfaced that The Clinton Foundation began taking money from foreign governments again after she left office. Then on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that The Clinton Foundation had accepted donations from seven foreign governments while Clinton was secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, Clinton delivered a speech criticizing the pay gap between men and women. "It's time to have wage equality once and for all," she said at the Lead On Conference for Women in Santa Clara, California, for which she was reportedly paid $300,000.

On Monday, The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication, reported that women working in Clinton's office while she was a U.S. Senator were paid 72 cents for every dollar paid to men. After Clinton's wage equality speech, several conservative media organizations cited that report.

Fiorina also criticized Clinton's record on relations with Russia and her response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.

"Nor is it leadership when Secretary Clinton asks, 'what difference does it make?' when our embassy is deliberately attacked by terrorists and four Americans are murdered. It makes all the difference in the world and the required response has never come.

"Like Mrs. Clinton, I too have traveled the globe. Unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment. I have met Vladimir Putin and I know that his ambition will not be deterred by a gimmicky red reset button."

CPAC, held Thursday through Saturday this week just outside Washington, D.C., featured many potential Republican presidential candidates, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

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