Fiorina to ABC's Raddatz: Why Won't You Acknowledge Women Are Worse Off Under Obama?


Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and ABC's Martha Raddatz face off over President Obama's handling of the economy when it comes to women in the workforce.

MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS: I want to talk about one thing you said in the debate that's come under a good degree of criticism, something fact checkers say was cherry picked and misleading. You said that 92 percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama's first term belonged to women. The fact checkers say a big problem with the 2012 -- with the claim is that it was cherry picked the starting date for assessing it. And in fact that according to these government data more women actually were working at the end of Obama's first term compared with the day he first took office.

FIORINA: Well, in this particular case the fact checkers are correct. The 92 percent, it turns out, was the first three-and-a-half years of Barack Obama's term, and in the final six months of his term things improve.

But this is what the liberal media always does, it attacks the messenger trying to avoid the message. Here is the message, it is factually true that women have been hit very hard by progressive policies. It is factually true that the number of women living in extreme poverty is at the highest rate in recorded history. It is factually true that 16.1 percent of women live below the poverty line, the highest level in 20 years. It is factually true that 3 million women have fallen into poverty...

RADDATZ: Mrs. Fiorina, one of the things...

FIORINA: ...that progressive policies have been bad for women.

RADDATZ: Mrs. Fiorina, you just said there was some improvement. You acknowledged there was some improvement, but you didn't say that during the debate did you?

FIORINA: Martha, I've just acknowledged that I misspoke on that particular fact that three-and-a-half years 92 percent represented progress in three-and-a-half years and then in the last six months of Barack Obama's first term things got better for women.

You have not acknowledged the facts that I just laid out, 3 million women are living in poverty. the number of women living in extreme poverty is the highest on record, 16.1 percent of women live in poverty, the highest level in 20 years.

RADDATZ: ...speak for yourself...

FIORINA: Their own facts that...

RADDATZ: I didn't launch into any facts, Mrs. Fiorina.

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