Washington (CNN) – California senate candidate Carly Fiorina weighed in on two issues currently inflaming political debate: immigration reform and U.S. offshore drilling.
Specifically regarding Arizona's controversial immigration law, the candidate, who is vying in a Republican primary for her party's nomination, said that, "The people of Arizona did what they felt they had to do."
"I support their need to protect their citizens," Fiorina told Wolf Blitzer in an interview that aired on CNN's The Situation Room. "But what we ought to be talking about is the federal government needs to secure the border."
On the issue of comprehensive immigration reform, the former chairman and CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard outlined what, she believes, is a more urgent issue.
"Without one new piece of legislation, the federal government has the power and the responsibility to secure the border and to come up with a temporary program - a temporary worker program that works," Fiorina said. "That's what the federal government needs to do. Forget trying to change the subject and talk about comprehensive immigration reform."
Fiorina also said she does not support a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 12 to 14 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
"I do not support amnesty," she said.
Meanwhile, as thousands of barrels of oil leak daily into the Gulf of Mexico and a massive oil slick approaches the Louisiana coast in the wake of the April 20 oil rig explosion, Fiorina called the approaching environmental disaster "a troublesome situation."
Fiorina said she supports offshore drilling "if it can be done in an environmentally safe way." California coastal waters currently see plenty of oil drilling. Fiorina said she does not support any moratorium, pending an investigation on the Louisiana crisis, on new offshore drilling off California's coast.
Re-stating a line partly made popular by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Fiorina said, "I wouldn't say, 'drill baby drill.'" She added, "If we are serious about growing our economy and lessening our dependence on foreign oil, then offshore drilling has to be part of that equation."