But Keane, who served during the Bush administration, retired before Obama became president.
Keane, now a FOX News contributor, came forward to say that Fiorina got the facts wrong surrounding his retirement.
“No, I have never spoken to the president,” Keane said on FOX News. “That's not accurate, and I never served this administration. I served the previous administration.”
When asked Wednesday if she misspoke, Fiorina dug in on the accuracy of her statement.
“No, I didn’t misspeak,” Fiorina told reporters today. “He has been someone of great experience who has been highly critical of the way this administration has not taken threats seriously and unfortunately he hasn't been listened to and I would listen to him.”
“One of the things I would immediately do in addition to defeating them here at home is bring back the warrior class: Petraeus, McChrystal, Mattis, Keane, Flynn,” Fiorina said in the debate. “Every single one of these generals I know, every one was retired early because they told President Obama things that he didn't want to hear.”
But Keane is not the only general named by Fiorina whose retirement was not a direct result of any disagreements they may have had with the president.
Gen. David Petreaus’ retirement, for instance, followed revelations that he shared classified information with his biographer and alleged mistress.