Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that when it comes to her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she "led HP through a very difficult time.”  

"In a difficult time, sometimes difficult decisions are necessary to compete," Fiorina added. She cited positive statistics that proved the company’s success during that time including doubling its size.

Fiorina also reflected on the current economy and job market challenges:

"I think what we have to realize in the 21st century is that we have to compete for every job and honestly we're shooting ourselves in the foot all the time. The complexity of our tax code and our regulatory structure is now destroying more businesses than we are creating in this country, which means we're destroying jobs," she said.

"Most of the businesses we're destroying are small and family-owned businesses. That's important because they create two third of the new jobs employ half the people."

"We also shoot ourselves in the foot when we have the highest tax rate in the world."