By Steve Woodhouse Knoxville Journal-Express, Iowa.
Potential of the individual and the role of women in government and politics dominated speeches given Friday morning at the Dixie Cornell Gebhardt home when former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina joined Congressional Candidate Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Sen. Chuck Grassley for a meet-and-greet.
"Women bring special talents (to government)," Miller-Meeks said. She opened her remarks by sharing that Iowa is where the women's suffrage movement actually began.
It has been the Democrats' "War on women" remarks regarding Republicans which inspired Fiorina to get involved in politics during the 2008 election cycle. After an unsuccessful campaign of her own in California, she is back trying to support fellow conservatives.
"I'm engaged, mostly, because politics impacts people's lives," Fiorina said. She is working to elect great leaders, because too often politicians forget that their actions impact people's lives.
Fiorina shared her own story of how she rose from the role of a secretary to the chief executive of a major technological company, saying that the United States of America is the only place in the world where this was possible.
True leaders unlock the potential of those they lead. Fiorina believes that too many in government today believe that they know better than most Americans, and thus, try to dictate most aspects of American lives.
"There are a lot of people who actually believe they are better than others," Fiorina said. "Leadership isn't about the title..it's about the ability to bringing out the potential in others."
She added that she believes that the eyes of the world are on Iowa, given the race between Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley, as well as Miller-Meeks' challenge of incumbent Dave Loebsack.
Grassley offered his praises of Miller-Meeks, her work ethic and how the future of the country does not depend on government. He endorses Miller-Meeks because she believes in the principles of liberty and free enterprise. Miller-Meeks was happy to be joined on the campaign trail by Grassley and Fiorina.
"It's been great," she said. "Sen. Grassley and Carly Fiorina are both icons."
In a post-event interview, Fiorina said she believes Loebsack supports higher taxes and more government control.
"We have so much potential in this state and in our nation that's not being unlocked," Fiorina said.