(CNSNews.com) – Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina received enthusiastic applause during the GOP debate on Wednesday night when she linked two issues – the nuclear deal with Iran and federal support for Planned Parenthood – and slammed the Obama administration over both.
“I would like to link these two issues, both of which are incredibly important, Iran and Planned Parenthood,” said Fiorina, whose surge in the polls since the Fox News debates in Cleveland last month got her promoted to the CNN main stage at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
“One has something to do with the defense of the security of this nation. The other has something to do with the defense of the character of this nation,” she said.
“You have not heard a plan about Iran from any politician up here, here is my plan,” she said, echoing remarks she made during the “voters first presidential forum” in New Hampshire in August.
“On day one in the Oval Office, I will make two phone calls, the first to my good friend to [Israeli Prime Minister] Bibi Netanyahu to reassure him we will stand with the state of Israel,” she said.
“The second, to the supreme leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], to tell him that unless and until he opens every military and every nuclear facility to real anytime, anywhere inspections – by our people, not his – we, the United States of America, will make it as difficult as possible [for Iran] to move money around the global financial system.”
Fiorina said such action targeting Tehran could be done unilaterally, and would not require the cooperation of other governments. (The Obama administration has argued that any Republican action to apply the brakes on implementing the nuclear deal would leave America isolated.)
It would also send a message to the world, she added.
“Every ally and every adversary we have in this world will know that the United States in America is back in the leadership business, which is how we must stand with our allies.”
Fiorina turned to the issue of Planned Parenthood, which is embroiled in controversy over undercover videos showing officials discussing the harvesting of body parts of aborted babies.
Conservative lawmakers want the Republican leadership to take a tougher approach to Planned Parenthood, and some have pledged to oppose any spending bill that includes funding for the organization, even if the result is a federal government shutdown. President Obama has threatened to veto legislation that defunds the abortion provider.
“As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina said. “ Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says, we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
“This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us,” she said.