Looks like Hillary Clinton’s got some female competition! Carly, the former CEO for Hewlett-Packard, announced on May 4 that she will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2016 election.
Carly Fiorina, 60, has officially declared she’s running for president! The former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard made the big announcement on Twitter and Good Morning America on May 4. She’s the first woman from the GOP to announce a presidential bid.
Carly Fiorina Running For President In 2016
Move over, Hillary! There’s another woman in the presidential race. Even though Carly has never held public office, she’s hoping her expertise with the economy will set her apart from the other candidates.
“I understand how the economy actually works,” Carly told Good Morning America. “I understand the world, who’s in it, how the world works.”
Carly ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2010. She told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos, 54, that she doesn’t necessarily think a professional politician is essential for being a great president.
“Our nation was intended to be a citizen government,” Carly said. “Somehow we’ve come to this place in our nation’s history where we think we need a professional political class. I don’t believe that and I will tell you, as I’ve been out there across the country, people don’t believe that either. They’re kinda tired of the political class and they believe we need to return to a citizen government.”
Carly Fiorina: A Brief History
Carly was born in Austin, Texas. She got her career start with AT&T in 1980. She eventually became the company’s senior vice president. Later, she was named the executive for AT&T’s spinoff, Lucent.
She became the CEO of Hewlett-Packard in July 1999. She was dismissed by the board of directors in Feb. 2005, according to USA Today.
Carly will release a book on May 5 titled Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey. The book will reflect on Carly’s experience with breast cancer and the death of a stepchild.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Carly’s decision to run? Will she get your vote?
— Avery Thompson