Fiorina: 'Technology Has Moved On, and the Terrorists Have Moved on With It'

By Susan Jones | December 16, 2015 | 7:43am EST
Carly Fiorina responds to debate moderator Wolf Blitzer during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)

( - Republican Carly Fiorina said the Republican Party needs to stand for "solutions," and that includes taking full advantage of the latest technology.

"Technology has moved on, and the terrorists have moved on with it," she said at the Dec. 15 debate hosted by CNN.

Host Hugh Hewitt asked Fiorina to imagine a "Christmas dinner debate." "We've heard a lot about...keeping Americans safe and everyone else out. Is this what you want the party to stand for?"

"What I think we need to stand for are solutions," she responded. Then she dinged the politicians and Donald Trump standing with her on the debate stage: "I offer myself as a leader to the people of this country because I think they're looking for solutions, not lawyers arguing over laws or entertainers throwing out sound bites that draw media attention.

"We need to solve the problem. To solve the problem, we need to do something here at home and something over there in their caliphate. We need to deny them territory.

"But here at home, we need to do two fundamental things. Number one, we need to recognize that technology has moved on. The Patriot Act was signed in 2001, roughly. The iPhone was invented in 2007. The iPad was invented in 2011. Snapchat and Twitter, all the rest of it, have been around just for several years. Technology has moved on, and the terrorists have moved on with it.

"Let me tell you a story. Soon after 9/11, I got a phone call from the NSA (National Security Agency). They needed help. I gave them help. I stopped a truckload of equipment. I had it turned around. It was escorted by the NSA into headquarters.

"We need the private sector's help, because government is not innovating. Technology is running ahead by leaps and bound. The private sector will help, just as I helped after 9/11. But they must be engaged, and they must be asked. I will ask them. I know them."

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