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Fiorina: U.S. in ‘strong position’ with China

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(The Des Moines Register) – While on a four-day swing through Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said America is in “a very strong position” when it comes to dealing with China.

“Right now China is in a weakened state,” she said. “We have seen their stock market crash. We’ve seen all these things they’re trying to do to prop up their economy because they know if their economy stops growing, their regime is in trouble.”

Speaking Thursday at town hall meetings in Le Mars and Sioux Center, Fiorina said that, with the Chinese economy faltering, now is the time to put pressure on their government to reform how they interact with American markets.

I “would ask them to play by the same rules in our economy that we are forced to play by in their economy,” she said. “China took advantage of the U.S. capital markets and the New York Stock Exchange to launch the largest IPO in history, we would never be permitted to do that in their stock market. … American companies are not permitted to buy 100 percent of a Chinese company and yet we’ve permitted them to buy 100 percent of American companies.”

Marge Delzell, 75, of Le Mars said the rising power of China is one of a host of issues she is voting on this cycle.

“I’m very worried about the debt we owe China,” she said.

“I was encouraged by her answer,” Delzell continued. “It’s a difficult and intricate situation and I think she could fix it. She was a CEO, so she has knowledge of foreign powers that other candidates don’t necessarily have.”

Michelle Connor, 50, of Le Mars said that while her main voting interest is defunding Planned Parenthood, she likes that Fiorina has a history of working with foreign countries.

“We need to put China in second place, definitely,” she said. “Nobody can buy us, nobody can control us.”

During an afternoon stop at Dordt College, a Christian institution in Sioux Center, Fiorina reaffirmed her support of prayer in public life and her belief that people of faith make better leaders.

Dordt College Republicans founder and president Steven Kelly, 20, who’s from outside Milwaukee, Wis., said Fiorina was the first candidate the group hosted so far this cycle.

“She was a great way to kick this political season off for us,” he said.

Fiorina was scheduled to appear at the Republican Summer Picnic co-hosted by Sen. Chuck Grassley Thursday evening.

At the event

SETTING: A party room at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars and a lecture hall at Dordt College in Sioux Center.

CROWD: 200 people in Le Mars and about 80 in Sioux Center. Both events were standing room only.

REACTION: Fiorina received applause often at both events, especially when she expressed support for Israel.

WHAT’S NEXT: This was the second day of Fiorina’s four-day trip through Iowa. Friday she will appear in Storm Lake, Carroll and Ames.

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