April 30th, 2010
07:37 PM ET
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Fiorina talks Arizona immigration law, offshore drilling

California senate candidate Carly Fiorina weighed in on immigration reform and U.S. offshore drilling on Friday.
California senate candidate Carly Fiorina weighed in on immigration reform and U.S. offshore drilling on Friday.

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."


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Didn't Hewlett-Packard fire this woman?

    The Republicans are coming out of the walls like cockroaches this week. As usual, all criticism, no ideas to make things better.

    April 30, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. grrace

    Boy, the GOP really like wars and guns and they really seem to hate other immigrants. What gives? The GOP seems to want to be like Iran on one hand (no separation of church and state) and East Berlin on the other hand. The GOP will spend spend spend on money pits like "the war on drugs" "the war in Iraq, and now the Mexican wall with National Guard . Sounds like they dream about the Berlin wall and sharp shooters. Let's not forget plugging "de-regulate" non-stop. Does everyone understand now why we're broke? We need to get away from violent talking, hostile promoting, money wasting GOP like Carley Fiorina.

    April 30, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    Wasnt this the same lady who got into trouble for the internal mole-hunt at HP? Something to do with entrapment of employees, wiretapping, etc?

    Sounds like the GOP has picked another winner – but in the wrong state... Shouldn't she be in Alaska, Arizona, or South Carolina?

    April 30, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. diane

    Where are all of the Republicans and Tea party hypocrites who constantly complain about the government taking away people's constitutional rights? They should have been the first ones to protest.

    Those on the right are known for being gun enthusiasts. What if the police were given the authority to stop and question them for no reason whatsoever other than they "LOOKED" like they "MIGHT" be gun owners and demand that they show their gun license & registration papers or else risk getting arrested because they "MIGHT" own a gun illegally? Say someone leaving a tea party rally for example, driving a Ford pick up truck with a confederate flag sticker on the bumper, or blasting country music. Wonder how quickly those people who support this law would change their tune if they were the ones being targeted?

    Guess they only care about the constitutional rights of those with their own skin color.

    April 30, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. A.B.

    Carley Fiorina does not understand the issue of immigration reform and has no knowledge about undocumented immigrants. This woman cannot successfully run a computer company. How can she successfully be a U.S. senator? She got fired from the Hewlett- Packard after she nearly bankrupted the company caused it to lose millions in profits. I say to the people of California: WAKE UP AND SEE THE LIGHT!! DON'T VOTE FOR THIS WOMAN!! SHE IS INCOMPETANT AND KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT HOW TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA!!

    April 30, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Fed Up!

    Can't wait for Carly to be related back to the obscurity she deserves.

    April 30, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |