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Senator Martha McSally (R - Arizona) has broadly proven herself a stalwart ally of conservatives, libertarians and the Trump Administration in her brief tenure on Capitol Hill.  A former U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot, her votes have confirmed President Trump's phenomenal array of judicial nominees and advanced his economic agenda to bring us arguably the greatest economic conditions in history.

She must be careful, however, to avoid potentially catastrophic missteps on the issue of healthcare and prescription drugs.

Specifically, Sen. McSally has introduced legislation and supported other Senate Finance Committee proposals that would introduce drug price controls from socialist foreign healthcare systems to the U.S., empower the Department of Health and Human  Services (HHS) to directly…[more]

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Will Carly Fiorina Be the Sleeper Candidate of 2016? Print
By Troy Senik
Thursday, March 05 2015
What truly impresses about Fiorina is her casual eloquence, her obvious intelligence, and her thoroughgoing conservatism.

God help any Republican aspiring to break out of obscurity in the 2016 presidential race.

Sure, there have been dark horses who have emerged in the past: Few people knew who Mike Huckabee was before the former Arkansas governor won the Iowa Caucuses and a handful of southern primaries in 2008. Similarly, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain wasn’t exactly a household name before his meteoric rise (and equally abrupt fall) during the 2012 race. There are limits, of course — it’s salient that neither man ended up being his party’s nominee.

Next year’s race, however, has much higher barriers to entry than the ones in which Huckabee and Cain first made their star turns. The 2016 primaries look set to be bursting at the seams with talent, whether in the form of governors like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Scott Walker or senators like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Underdogs tend to shine when there’s a lack of talent at the top — but the 2016 Republican primary debates are likely going to end up looking like an all-star game.

That’s just one of the reasons that Carly Fiorina should, under any reasonable analysis, be a non-starter. Another reason: She’s never held elected office. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, but she ultimately lost that race to hyper-liberal incumbent Barbara Boxer by a whopping 10 points.

There aren’t many politicians who look in the mirror after a loss like that and think, “I should be president.” Carly Fiorina — who’s now exploring a White House bid — isn’t a conventional politician, however.

Despite the considerable odds against her, the early signs are that Fiorina is starting to make waves amongst conservative activists. A report from RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy indicates that she’s made inroads in New Hampshire with both establishment and Tea Party types, a rare phenomenon. In addition, a well-received speech at CPAC last week has put her name into broader circulation within the conservative movement.

So what’s the appeal?

Part of it, of course, is identity. As of this writing, Fiorina looks to be the only woman seriously considering a presidential campaign on the Republican side, a pertinent consideration given the near-certainty that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. Apart from that, Fiorina’s also been a private-sector executive, a trait that will likely be appealing to many business-minded conservatives, even if her tenure at HP was far from smooth.

That said, plenty of candidates with impressive resumes never end up going anywhere. What truly impresses about Fiorina is her casual eloquence, her obvious intelligence, and her thoroughgoing conservatism (how many Republican candidates go out of their way to profess their pro-life bona fides while running in California?). She also seems to have her finger on the pulse of the conservative movement. She told the CPAC audience:

“Work is a central part of [a life of dignity, purpose and meaning] and so we must rebuild Main Street. Elizabeth Warren is right: crony capitalism is alive and well. Government and government programs have grown so big, so powerful, so costly and so complex that only the big and the powerful can prosper. But Elizabeth Warren is dead wrong about how to end crony capitalism. You see, whether it is Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare or net-neutrality, all this government complexity means the big get bigger, the small disappear, and the powerless are trapped.”

That may be the most effective, succinct rebuttal to the ideology of the Obama years yet offered.

Will Fiorina rocket to the head of the GOP presidential field? It’s a very long shot. There’s simply too much talent — and too many candidates with governing experience who dwarf her — to imagine a political novice rocketing to the front of the pack.

When national audiences start to get a taste of her forceful style, however, it likely won’t be long before she becomes a household name. At that point, expect to hear Carly Fiorina become one of the two or three figures most heavily touted as a potential vice presidential nominee. At the very least, pencil her in for a cabinet position in the next Republican administration.

In 2016, a new Republican star will be born.

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