Carly Fiorina, Chairman of Good360, and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, speaks at the National Press Club, July 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Ms. Fiorina was the guest speaker for the Press Club's newsmaker luncheon and spoke about American innovation and leadership in the 21st century. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)National Journal

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Carly Fiorina is taking her trolling of Hillary Clinton to the next level.

The former Hewlett Packard executive, who has spent 2015 shaping herself as the GOP field's chief Clinton attacker, is taking advantage of dueling visits to Columbia, South Carolina, to needle the Democrat for restricting reporters' access.

"Carly Fiorina is speaking in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday," Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores wrote to reporters in an email on Tuesday night. "And guess what? So is Hillary Clinton."

The difference, Flores says, is that Fiorina will talk to the press outside of the Marriott hotel—where Clinton is scheduled to talk to a Democratic women's group later that afternoon.

"Our events tomorrow are all open to the press," Flores writes. "And by 'open press,' we mean we'll actually take questions. That's right. We've answered hundreds of questions from reporters because we believe the American people will not and should not elect a president that can't answer for her record, won't explain her positions, or for whom the truth is whatever she can get away with."

Clinton plans to meet with minority women who own small businesses and then speak to the "Day in Blue" event for the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council. Fiorina is in Columbia to meet with Republican state lawmakers, and her team is eager to point out that she'll hold not one but two media avails over the course of the day.

This isn't the first time Fiorina has implicitly or explicitly criticized Clinton's lack of engagement with the political press corps. Shortly after Fiorina launched her campaign in early May, her team emailed reporters saying she had taken 322 on-record questions from reporters in eight days.

And that's at least partly because Fiorina needs the attention to boost her polling numbers and to land a spot on the Republican debate stage.

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