Tough talk

Carly Fiorina breaks promise, takes personal shots at Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina participates in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

During last night’s Republican undercard debate, Carly Fiorina took a thinly veiled personal shot at Hillary Clinton, saying, “Unlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband. I’m standing here because I think we have to restore a citizen government, we have to end crony capitalism.”

Earlier that day, she had tried out the line at a town hall in South Carolina, as she thanked her husband for campaigning for her. Back in September, Fiorina had vowed to “never make a personal comment” about Clinton in an interview with PEOPLE, saying that her criticism of the Democratic frontrunner would be “fact-based, based on her actions and track record.” With her poll numbers dwindling, and being relegated from the main debate to the undercard one, it seems like Fiorina forgotten about that promise. During the South Carolina town hall, she spent much of her time criticizing Clinton, even comparing her to Mexican drug lord El Chapo: “Hillary Clinton wants to go to the White House. But the truth is she is only qualified for the big house.” Fiorina said. “This is a woman who has escaped prosecution more times than El Chapo. I’m sure Sean Penn is waiting to interview her, breathlessly.” Fiorina doubled down on the remarks Friday morning during an appearance on MSNBC when she was questioned about whether she agrees that the remarks were mean-spirited. “I’ve been called all kinds of things and I’m sure there have been things said about me that’s considered mean-spirited,” she responded, adding, “If my husband had done some of the things that Bill Clinton had done, I would have left him long ago.”

The personal attacks come as support for Fiorina has been plunging lately in polls, both in Iowa, where she placed seventh with just two percent in a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics released Wednesday, and nationally. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Thursday showed her at three percent.

Read the full story at MSNBC.

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