Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, a pro-life businesswoman, ended her campaign for the nomination today after two disappointing showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them,” she said Wednesday in a statement released by her campaign.
Here is her full statement on Facebook:
This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.
Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.
Leading pro-life advocates had good things to say about Fiorina:
So glad @CarlyFiorina ran. Sad to lose her unique pro-life voice but know she’ll continue to be a force to be reckoned with.
— Billy Valentine (@valentinebilly) February 10, 2016
It may not have worked out for her but @CarlyFiorina is a class act. Best of luck to you in anything you decide to do next!
— Andrew Bair (@ProLifePolitics) February 10, 2016
Carly’s 2016 legacy: A valuable conservative female voice who turned in two of the most commanding debate performances I’ve ever seen. — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 10, 2016
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) February 10, 2016
Fiorina, who has spoken out strongly against abortion throughout her campaign,did not yet endorse another candidate.
In the past few months, Fiorina has slammed the abortion giant Planned Parenthood for the “butchery of babies for body parts” and called on its CEO Cecile Richards to resign. She also dared pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton to watch the undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing top Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.