Fox's John Roberts Explains To Fiorina How Her Claim About Women Suffering 92 Percent Of Jobs Lost Under Obama Was Wrong

Carly Fiorina: “Yes ... We Misspoke”

From the November 1 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday:

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JOHN ROBERTS (HOST): On the subject of women and their plight under the Obama administration, one of your most talked about moments from Wednesday's debate is when you said this. Let's listen.

CARLY FIORINA: Ninety-two percent. Ninety-two percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama's first term belonged to women.

ROBERTS:  What women are talking about, Ms. Fiorina, in relation to that statement, is that the data that you used does not represent the totality of the Obama administration's first term. People from your campaign said to me yesterday you misspoke during the debate. Do you want to take a moment to clarify those remarks?

FIORINA: Well, you know, this is what the liberal media do. They try to discredit the messenger when the message is true. Yes, it is true, the 92 percent figure refers to the first three and a half years of Barack Obama's term, not the first four years. Here's what's undeniable: Women have been hurt under this administration's policies. The extreme poverty rate among women is the highest ever recorded. The poverty rate among women, 16.1 percent, is the highest in 20 years. Women have been harmed by this administration's policies, just as African-Americans have, just as the poor have been. Progressive policies are bad for the people that they claim to help. That is true of women as well as men.

ROBERTS: Now let me just ask you again, if you're using a data set that stops in March of 2012 that you used, because that is the most advantageous point to make that point, are you doing voters a disservice by not telling them what really happened during the entire first term of the presidency, which is, that by January of 2013, the number of jobs among women had actually increased by about 400,000.

FIORINA: Yes, as my campaign said, we misspoke.


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