Fiorina: I feel empathy for Hillary
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Carly Fiorina said she feels empathy for the only other female presidential candidate, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Poll: Democrats trail Trump in Wisconsin, lead in Michigan and Pennsylvania MORE, during a new magazine interview set to be released this Friday.  

"I feel empathy with every woman who is working really hard and giving it all they've got — and Hillary is," she told People Magazine.

Fiorina has been a frequent critic of Clinton’s policies and record as secretary of State. When the former Hewlett-Packard CEO jumped into the race, she focused her attacks almost solely on Clinton. She created a website called Ready To Beat Hillary, a play off the similarly named super-PAC Ready for Hillary, and gave a speech outside of a South Carolina hotel where Clinton was speaking in July.


But she told the magazine that she solely focuses her criticism on her official duties and wouldn’t attack her personally.

"We as women, especially in presidential politics, need to play by the same rules as the men. If we want to play this game as equals, we need to play by the same rules, and that means our track record is relevant," she said.

“And so I never make a personal comment about Hillary Clinton — my criticism of her is fact-based, based on her actions and track record. And that is fair game."

Fiorina has burst into the top echelon of the crowded Republican field in a handful of polls conducted after her widely-praised performance at last week’s CNN debate. One of her signature moments: a strong rebuke of Hillary Clinton and other Democrats over the controversial Planned Parenthood videos.

Critics have accused her of mischaracterizing the videos by claiming they show a live-birth abortion when that footage isn’t included in the released videos. But Fiorina has defended her comments as characteristic of what’s occurring in Planned Parenthood and echoed her calls for the organization to be defunded.

Fiorina now sits at sixth place in recent polling of the GOP presidential field, according to the RealClearPolitics average. A CNN/ORC poll released after the debate showed her in second, while another post-debate poll of Iowa Republicans found her third in the first nominating state.