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Carly Fiorina stops in SLC for a fundraiser

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Oct 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-31 00:34:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina made a stop here on Friday, speaking to supporters and campaign donors in a private luncheon.

Fiorina spoke to about 70 people gathered at a posh home in the Federal Heights neighborhood at a $1,000 a plate luncheon (donors could also pay $2,500 to meet with her). Among those spotted in attendance: billionaire Spence Eccles, Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser, former state lawmaker Holly Richardson and Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork.

"I supported her going in and I support her even more coming out," Henderson told FOX 13 after the event. "I think she's absolutely the right person for the job."

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a Salt Lake City fundraiser in this photo provided to FOX 13 by an attendee.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a Salt Lake City fundraiser in this photo provided to FOX 13 by an attendee.

Attendees told FOX 13 Fiorina recounted her rise from a secretary to CEO, asking the crowd not to vote for her because she's the only woman GOP candidate -- but because she believes she is the right person for the job. Fiorina spent most of her time talking domestic policy, including her ambitious goal to pare down the tax code.

Former Rep. Richardson, R-Cedar Hills, said Fiorina told the crowd she'd take the 73,000-plus page tax code and make it three pages.

"There was a question asked specifically, 'Can you do this because that's a really big vision?' She said yes we can, what we've had is we've had lots of really great ideas, we haven't had the will to implement them," she said.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a private fundraiser in Salt Lake City in this photo provided to FOX 13 by an attendee.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a private fundraiser in Salt Lake City in this photo provided to FOX 13 by an attendee.

Fiorina is the latest presidential candidate to make a fundraising stop in Utah. Most recently, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton made stops to raise money for their campaigns.

Clark Caras said he left impressed with Fiorina.

"I want to vote for her. I want her to be the candidate. As a Republican, I will support -- I'll just say this: I will support pretty much everyone who is running," he said. "With the exception of Mr. Trump."