Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina backed up Donald Trump's assertion that Hillary Clinton seeks to play "the woman card" during an interview Monday on Fox and Friends.
The former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard also agreed that former President Bill Clinton is "fair game" on the campaign trail — but she argued that going after him isn't the way to win the 2016 presidential race.
“First of all, of course Bill Clinton is fair game, he’s a former president,” Fiorina said. "[But] you’re not going to beat Hillary Clinton by attacking Bill Clinton. You’re going to beat Hillary Clinton – I’m going to beat Hillary Clinton – by attacking her track record and her lack of trustworthiness.
"Of course she’s going to play the woman card, that’s what she does. The way to deal with the woman card is to attack her track record.”
Fiorina said that Clinton "calls everybody a sexist," whether they are or not.
“She called Bernie Sanders a sexist because he criticized her,” she said.
The so-called Republican "war on women," which Clinton often talks about, “doesn’t exist,” according to Fiorina. "In fact, Hillary Clinton’s policies are bad for women," she added.
The 2016 candidates on both the Republican and Democratic side should be judged for their stances on the issues that matter to Americans, she added.
“It should be about the issues, always,” Fiorina said. “Hillary Clinton wants to talk about the historic nature of her candidacy, she wants to talk about being [the] first woman president, and there are people out there – lots of people, men and women – who think it’s time for a woman president. My message to them will be, ‘look, how about an honest woman, how about a competent woman, how about a qualified woman?’ But I’m never going to ask for people’s support because I’m a woman, I’m going to ask for their support because I’m the most qualified candidate to beat Hillary Clinton and to do the job.”
Clinton's opponents should focus on her track record, which is more difficult for some candidates than others, Fiorina argued.
“Maybe Donald Trump has difficulty doing that because his positions on key issues like health care are so close to Hillary Clinton’s,” she said.