Carly Fiorina Backtracks on '92 Percent' Job Loss Claim


During the most recent GOP presidential debate, Carly Fiorina made a claim that 92% of the job losses in President Obama’s first term belonged to women. Fiorina was in fact, wrong, as several news outlets pointed out she had copied a previously debunked statistic used during the 2012 election by Mitt Romney. By the end of Obama’s first term, there was an increase of over 400,000 working women.

According to ABC News, Fiorina corrected herself on a recent episode of This Week With George Stephanopoulos. “I misspoke on that particular fact,” Fiorina said. “In this particular case, the fact-checkers are correct,” Fiorina continued. “The 92% it turns out was the first three-and-a-half years of his term and in the final six months things improved.” However, President Obama had entered into office when a recession had already been in place for two years.

Fiorina then turned the attention towards the “liberal media.”

“But this is what the liberal media always does, it attacks the messenger trying to avoid the message,” she said. “Here is the message: It is factually true that women have been hit very hard by progressive policies.”

The Republican National Committee suspended the next primary debate, which was scheduled to be in February, after accusing CNBC’s moderators of engaging in ‘gotcha’ questions designed to embarrass the candidates.

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