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Fiorina grudgingly admits she “misspoke” on claim about women made at debate

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At the third Republican debate last week, Carly Fiorina unleashed some scathing claims against the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton. In one, Fiorina asserted that “Ninety-two percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama’s first term belonged to women.” That claim was resoundingly shot down by fact-checkers at numerous news organizations who described the claim as a “misleading” case of “cherry-picking.” During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Fiorina admitted to Martha Raddatz that she “misspoke” about that figure. When Raddatz confronted Fiorina with data that showed more women were actually employed at the end of Obama’s first term than when he took office, Fiorina said, “Well, in this particular case, the fact-checkers are correct. The 92 percent, it turns out, was the first three-and-a-half years of Barack Obama’s first term, and in the final six months of his term, things improved.”

Fiorina didn’t leave it at that though. She echoed a sentiment about the media that was floated by other GOP candidates during the debate and quickly resonated with many viewers. “But this is what the liberal media always does. It attacks the messenger trying to avoid the message. Here is the message,” Fiorina continued. “It is factually true that women have been hit very hard by progressive policies. It is factually true that the number of women living in extreme poverty is at the highest rate in recorded history. It is factually true that 16.1 percent of women live below the poverty line, the highest level in 20 years.” She continued in that fashion until Raddatz interrupted and said, “You just said there was some improvement, but you didn’t say that during the debate.” Fiorina shot back. “Martha, I’ve just acknowledged that I misspoke on that particular fact,” she said. “You have not acknowledged the facts that I just laid out.”

Read the full story and watch the video at Mediaite.

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