Carly Fiorina took on the women of “The View” today while answering questions about abortion, maternity leave, and her face.
Co-host Joy Behar couldn’t understand why Fiorina considers herself pro-woman yet opposes abortion, mandated maternity leave, and minimum-wage hikes.
“That is the litany of the Left,” Fiorina said. “That the only way you can be pro-woman is to agree with the Left’s prescription for women. Here’s the problem: the prescriptions you laid out aren’t helping women.”
Tensions rose between the women of The View and Fiorina when they talked about abortion. “Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, the majority of Americans are horrified by the reality that we are harvesting baby parts through late-term abortions,” Fiorina said.
The hosts interrupted her comments multiple times, insisting Planned Parenthood never harvested organs. “It offends my sensibilities to hear you say something like that when you know it’s not true,” Behar said.
“It’s interesting, Planned Parenthood just announced they are not going to take compensation for that,” Fiorina shot back.
In the second segment, co-host Michelle Collins asked Fiorina about her polling numbers, which are currently at an average of 3.8 percent.
“Are you seeing something we’re not?” Collins asked.
“When people hear me, they tend to support me,” Fiorina said.
She also mentioned Matt Bevin, who won the Kentucky governorship after he was predicted to lose just 24 hours before the election.
“The polling data at this point is not predictive,” she said. “In fact, it’s wrong.”
Collins asked Fiorina about her face and whether it’s “difficult” for her to smile.
“Is that [smiling] difficult for you? Do you have people coaching you to act a different way or be a different way, and is that going to win this election?”Collins asked.
“There’s a time to smile, and there’s a time to be serious,” Fiorina said. “And there are serious issues facing the nation.”
When talking about maternity leave, Fiorina explained that women do better in environments where they earn based on the value they add, not when they are paid according to years in a specific position.
“Women do better where they are paid not for their time [on the job] and grade, but where they are paid for their real value, their real contributions, what they produce,” she said. “Women do better in those environments because women come to the workforce later and they often leave the workplace to care for their families. Yet government jobs and union jobs pay on grade, they pay on seniority. […] Meritocracies are what got me from a secretary to a CEO.”