Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina may criticize Hillary Clinton a lot, but she says that shouldn't stop voters from viewing the former Hewlett-Packard CEO as a qualified leader in her own right.

"It's true that the media picks up what they want to," Fiorina told a Breitbart News Q&A Monday. "[But] I started out as a secretary in a nine person real estate firm and went on to become the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world."

Fiorina said she understands the U.S. economy "better, honestly, than anyone running" and has a unique history of diplomatic relationships with foreign leaders that gives her an advantage as a White House contender.

"I know more world leaders on the stage today than anyone running, with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton — maybe she's met a few more than I have over the years," she added.

According to Fiorina, Clinton's interaction with world leaders during her tenure as secretary of state consisted mostly of "photo ops." Fiorina claims to have engaged in "substantive meetings on business or policy or charity or education with everybody from [Russian President] Vladimir Putin to the Chinese to the Jordanians [and] to the Saudis."

"I think we need someone who's going to fight against Hillary Clinton and can win this job, but I also think it's very important to have someone who can do this job," she added.

The former business executive is scheduled to deliver her first major foreign policy speech as a 2016 candidate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. on Monday evening. According to RealClearPolitics' polling average, Fiorina currently polls in the bottom-half of the GOP field and is unlikely to secure a spot on stage at the first Republican debate on Aug. 6.