Campaign stop for Carly

Chico plays host to Senate candidate Carly Fiorina

Photo By Stacey Kennelly

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina made her priorities clear during a Chico stopover: Cut spending and grow the economy.

Fiorina (pictured), a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and self-made businesswoman, spoke to about 60 people on Tuesday (May 4), while a group of Butte County Democrats protested outside the Mooney Farms office at the airport with signs charging H-P paid bribes to gain Russian business when she was CEO. Fiorina has denied involvement in the bribery.

During her brief speech, Fiorina focused on Barbara Boxer’s mistakes and the nation’s growing budget deficit. She described the Republican Party as the “had-enough party” and said she would bring fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability to Washington.

Issues brought forth during a short Q&A session included Arizona’s new immigration law, offshore oil drilling, the rise of the European Union and health care. Most of Fiorina’s answers centered on cutting spending and encouraging government leaders to have a “will to fix things.”