Carly Fiorina is suspending her campaign a day after her second poor showing in this primary cycle. Fiorina made the announcement today, posting a lengthy statement on her Facebook page detailing her exit.
This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.
Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.
Fiorina’s exit is somewhat disheartening to see, as her personality on the trail and the debate stages was a welcome change to the topical bickering between the other candidates. However, showing that she is a woman to be admired for her experiences and her inspirational tone, she added this in her statement:
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
Fiorina joins a list of candidates that, in a different cycle, would have been truly enjoyable to watch, much like Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal.