Election season is heating up, and US media are gleefully scrambling to pull every interview, TV appearance and Chipotle receipt from the archives of candidates in hopes of unleashing a political shitstorm upon the world. Reporters at BuzzFeed only needed to look back as far as January for a juicy morsel of China-bashing from Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, when she commented that the Chinese are “not terribly imaginative” and merely leech off of Americans’ intellectual property.
Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, made the remarks during an interview about the Common Core education policy on January 24, but the video has gained more traction since being republished by BuzzFeed staff on Tuesday.
“I also think the argument for Common Core is frequently, ‘Oh, we have to compete with the Chinese,’” Fiorina said in the interview with Iowa political blog Caffeinated Thoughts.
“I’ve been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate,” Fiorina said. “They’re not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial, they don’t innovate, that’s why they’re stealing our intellectual property.”
Watch the video here:
Fiorina routinely touts her experience abroad, and claims to have “met with more world leaders today than anyone else running for president, with the exception of Hillary Clinton.” Some observers, however, have questioned the relevancy of her time overseas today.