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More Lies From Carly: Her 2001 Meeting With Putin Was Quite Different Than She Portrays It

Seems like catching Carly Fiorina in yet another lie has become a daily occurrence here lately. First we had her big fib about having seen a gruesome video from Planned Parenthood showing a live fetus on a table. Then we have Fiorina saying what a great job she did as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard even though the truth is that she laid of tens of thousands of workers and nearly drove the company into the ground.

And now we find out what really happened at that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Fiorina beat her chest and bragged about at last week’s GOP debate. Fiorina, comparing herself to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, said:

“If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton. I have sat across a table from Vladimir Putin, just he and I, and I can tell you having met this man, it is pretty clear to me that a gimmicky red reset button will not thwart his ambition.”

She makes it sound as if she was wagging her finger in Putin’s face and staring him down when she encountered him at the 2001 APEC CEO Summit in Beijing, where they were both scheduled to deliver speeches. But this is what a slavishly fawning Carly Fiorina said as Putin sat next to her:

“I keep wondering how it is that I got positioned to speak in the slot before the president of the Russian Federation—on the subject of change, no less. Hewlett-Packard has been at the center of a lot of change in our 62-year history. But President Putin was elected president in the first democratic transition in Russia in 1,000 years. Talk about giving new meaning to the word ‘invent.’”

I can’t decide if Fiorina wanted to offer Putin a job, get his autograph, or both. She sounds like a smitten schoolgirl who is suddenly in the presence of the varsity quarterback and campus “cool guy.”

So let’s sum up here: Carly Fiorina lies like a rug every single time she opens her mouth. And not just a little, but a whole lot. Sure, all politicians lie, but Fiorina isn’t even good at it. Just like she was no good as a CEO or a Senate candidate. The fact that she is currently rising in the latest polls indicates just how vapid the pool of candidates seeking the GOP nomination is.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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