Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said during remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that the conservative movement shouldn’t lose sight of persuading others to join the cause just because Republicans are now in office.
“Most people agree with us, they just don’t know it yet,” she said.
Fiorina told the conservative gathering that she made it a point during her campaign to go on shows like "The View" where the audience may not be used to hearing conservative ideas. Politics is the art of persuasion, and not about having a fight, she said.
“Hey, a good fight is fun. … You guys know I can land a punch,” Fiorina quipped to cheers.
Fiorina, who is being discussed as a potential 2018 opponent to incumbent Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, said that conservatism is comprised of three basic principles — and policies implemented by conservatives should reflect those principles.
The first principle, she said, is that every human life has “value, purpose, promise and potential” regardless of a person’s background or circumstances. The second principle is that those impacted by problems are most equipped to devise a solution to them. The final principle is that power concentrated is power abused.
She argued that it’s important “now that we’ve won that we bring people together.”
“We want to lift everyone up,” she said.