Fiorina Promises to Cut Federal Payroll as President

Carly Fiorina on Sunday pledged to reduce the federal workforce if she is elected president next year, Think Progress reported.

The Republican candidate made the vow when Fox News’ Chris Wallace pointed out that she fired about 30,000 employees as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO. The network host warned her that Mitt Romney’s record of laying off workers at Bain Capital was one of the reasons he lost the 2012 election.

“Not all business people are the same, just like not all politicians who run for president lose,” Fiorina said, adding: “The vast majority of Americans understand that in tough times, sometimes tough decisions have to be made.”

She continued: “We have never succeeded in shrinking the size of government. We have a bunch of baby boomers who are gonna retire out of the federal government over the next five or six years. I will not replace a single one.”

Think Progress reported that “taken literally,” Fiorina’s pledge means “she would simply leave vacant Supreme Court vacancies, would not appoint any executive officials, and would leave military forces without any commanders should any retirements occur.”

The news site disputed Fiorina’s claim that the government payroll is growing. According to the Office of Personnel Management, the number of federal employees decreased from 5,289,000 in 1988 to 4,185,000 in 2014.

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