Washington (CNN) — Carly Fiorina says she's glad some companies are offering paid maternity leave -- but the government shouldn't mandate it.
"I'm not saying I oppose paid maternity leave. What I'm saying is I oppose the federal government mandating paid maternity leave to every company out there," Fiorina, the Republican presidential contender, said Sunday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
The former Hewlett-Packard executive said her company offered paid maternity leave, and she lauded Netflix's decision to offer new mothers one year of paid leave.
But she said that "for the government to tell others how to do things when the government hasn't gotten its basic house in order is not only ineffective, it's hypocritical."
"I don't think it's the role of government to dictate to the private sector how to manage their businesses, especially when it's pretty clear that the private sector, like Netflix, like the example that you just gave, is doing the right thing because they know it helps them attract the right talent," Fiorina said.
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