I was one of the many people who volunteered for Carly Fiorina’s senate-run. I listened to many of her speeches, so imagine my shock when I heard her tell her story of having to “bury her child due to drug addiction” during one of the early Presidential debates. Without a doubt it’s horrible for anyone to lose a loved one to drug addiction and alcoholism, but to describe one’s 35-year-old stepdaughter as a child couldn’t be further from the truth. This isn’t the only instance where Carly has stretched the truth allowing the public to draw conclusions. Such as when she paints herself as someone who started out as a secretary and then pulled herself up by her bootstraps and into the CEO’s office at HP. Once again her statement isn’t as clear-cut as it might be. Yes she worked, as a secretary for a bit, if I recall it was a summer job, in between semesters at Stanford University where her father foot the bill for her education. Again nothing wrong in having parents help out with college tuition, but don’t make it out as if you typed your fingers to the bone as a secretary as you worked your way through college.
Her word choice helps put a spotlight on how so many politicians these days stretch the truth, spin facts, pander, etc. as they try to convince us that they are the better candidate to back. Birds of same feathers flock together.