Last night, former Hewlett Packard (HP) CEO Carly Fiorina won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate race in the state of California. She has made fighting for the “millions of Californians [that] are struggling without a job” one of the central themes of her campaign.
A radio interview of Fiorina today on California’s KNX 1070 suggests she may not be living up to her campaign’s rhetoric. At one point during the interview, the host asks her, if she were still the CEO of HP today and if “the figures suggest that you have to cut 10,000 jobs, today, would you do it as a responsible CEO?” Without any hesitation, Fiorina quickly says, “Of course.” She then goes on to brag that, as the head of HP, she “doubled the size of the company, from $44 billion to $88 billion” and compares cutting 10,000 jobs to “what families and businesses are doing all over California right now”:
HOST: Well, let me ask you this. If you were still the CEO at Hewlett Packard and the figures said you had to cut 10,000 jobs today, would you do it as a responsible CEO?
FIORINA: Of course. And by the way, having managed HP through the worst technology recession in 25 years and nevertheless doubled the size of that company from $44 billion to $88 billion, I know what every responsible family and every responsible business in California knows. That sometimes in tough times you have to make tough choices. And that’s what families and businesses are doing all over California right now.
Listen to it:
Fiorina has a long history of having callous views on the job security of working-class Americans. During her time as HP CEO, she was a fierce defender of off-shoring American jobs, referring to the practice as “right-shoring.” In 2004, she proclaimed that “there is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore.”