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Will Carly Fiorina run for president?

Will Carly Fiorina run for president?

‘Higher than 90 percent chance’

Former Hewlett Packard CEO told Chris Wallace yesterday there’s more than a ninety-percent chance she’ll run for president. She would announce late April – early May in the event she decides to jump into the 2016 Republican horse race, making her the only woman currently considering such a role.

Working for Senator McCain during his 2008 presidential bid, fundraising for the RNC, and running for Senate in 2010, Fiorina isn’t completely green to the political world.

Touting her deep rooted economic understanding as she starting working as secretary and worked her way up to be the CEO of the world’s largest tech company, Fiorina brings a fresh perspective to the political debate. A believer in unlocking the potential of each individual, Fiorina described two structural problem with the economy. “One is that we have tangled people up in a web of dependence from which they can’t escape and so we’re leaving lots of talent on the field. Secondly, we’re crushing small businesses now… for the first time in history we are destroying more businesses than we are creating.”

Not one to offer prosaic, beltway platitudes, Fiorina has a plan to fix D.C. — zero base budgeting and a meritocracy based civil service. “How many Inspector General reports do we have to read that say you can watch porn all day long and get paid exactly the same as somebody who’s trying to do their job,” Fiorina explained.

Questioned about her record at HP which included mass layoffs and devalued stock, Fiorina indicated she was proud of her accomplishments, saying she managed through the worst tech recession in history.

To say Fiorina isn’t exactly impressed with Hillary Clinton is an understatement. Giving a speech at CPAC this year, Fiorina implored Mrs. Clinton to “name an accomplishment.” Wallace mentioned speculation that Fiorina was only running to be selected as Vice President for the eventual nomination and asked her if she would be willing to serve as VP. To which Fiorina replied, “when you start asking all the other candidates that question, then maybe we’ll have that conversation.”

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That’s all well and good, but she’s also a pro-choice, and squishy on several other fronts. At best, a Chris Christie sort of character.

If Carly Fiorina were Chuck Flowers, would we even be talking “presidential material” here?

    MattMusson in reply to Amy in FL. | March 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    She can attack Hillary on the Woman issue. And, she has already proved that she is not afraid to go after Mrs. Clinton.

Midwest Rhino | March 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Fiorina gets extra media attention for being a woman, and Republican probable candidate. Regardless of her positions or odds, I respect that she can lay down some good arguments against Hillary and the left, that can’t be waved off with Hillary’s misogynist card. Carly broadens expands the field and enhances the conversation.

She has small chance, but she is cogent and unabashed … A good face and voice to have in the diet for media consumption, if nothing else.

Henry Hawkins | March 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

“Working for Senator McCain during his 2008 presidential bid, fundraising for the RNC, and running for Senate in 2010, Fiorina isn’t completely green to the political world.”

Isn’t completely green to *losing* in the political world. FIFY.

Fiorina = Trump without the comb-over and with a personality.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I should add that I support her running, but I don’t personally see much that is compelling about a Fiorina campaign as compared to dozens or hundreds of other business leaders with much better records of success.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Fiorina = Trump. No. Trump is actually a success at business. Unlike Fiorina who is a big failure in business.

    BTW who advised MCCain to go out there and announce the fundamentals are sound two weeks before the crash?

but..but…but, she didn’t attend Harvard!!!

She’s running for vice president. She’s also the perfect attack dog to unleash on Ms. Rodham, a role that she has already taken on.

Capable individual. But no national campaign fundraising infrastructure or wide appeal. I think she’d accept a VP offer and could be a good VP nominee.

The “perfect attack dog” in 2008 had her political career and a good portion of her life ruined.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to cbenoistd. | March 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Fiorina took some Palinesque shots at Hillary, but I think Carly is vastly more prepared for a national audience than Palin was, and she’s had more prep time. Her corporate world knowledge is valuable politically, even if she wasn’t able to save HP.

    Palin is still an important voice … her life was changed, but perhaps for the better in many ways, despite the vicious attacks. She’s an awesome woman.

MouseTheLuckyDog | March 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Fiorina, the woman who single handedly destroyed HP.
Yeah, yeah it was hard times. That’s why a lot of companies had troubles, but HP had more troubles then the rest companies combined.

She’s the person that the Hewlitt and Packard families launched a proxy fight against.

She didn’t bring down Lucent but she did play a big role in that. Imagine, the techology that drives phone systems and the internet, in the hands of the French thanks to her.

The woman who while at HP said “No one in this country has a God given right to a job” . Truth or falseness aside, how is that going to play in the general election?

The woman who when engineers at HP heard of her departure went around singing. “Ding Dong the witdh is dead.”

    tom swift in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | March 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Fiorina, the woman who single handedly destroyed HP.

    She was indeed a strategic and managerial disaster, but “single handedly” may be giving her too much credit.

MouseTheLuckyDog | March 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

“Touting her deep rooted economic understanding as she starting working as secretary and worked her way up to be the CEO of the world’s largest tech company, ”

Which was no longer the largest tech company when she left just before she was kicked out.

In fact the company was in free fall when she left, and has never recovered.

As a veep candidate, the Dem attack ads practically write themselves. Start with calling her a ‘token’ woman, who’s only on the ticket because the Republicans hate women and they’re faking out the american people. Then drag out a few mouthy HP employees who lost their jobs during her tenure, regardless if their job loss had anything to do with her decisions, toss in a few soundbites chopped into monosyllabic rubbish, make up a few good lies, and she’s taken care of.

Hey, it worked for Palin, and the exact mirror-image of the plan will be used by Hillary.

    Don’t forget everyone in the tech industry, Dem or GOP, who’ve either lost their job or are suffering job insecurity due to H-1B abuses. There aree a lot of them out there, and they’re not all liberal/union types. Carly’s all about embiggening the ranks of the H-1Bs in the tech industry. Unless she flip-flops on that, she’s going to lose a lot of techie support.

    Glenn Reynolds has mooted the idea that maybe the GOP should take a populist stand against this. “Limiting H1B visas would make a good issue for the GOP, and split the Dems.”

Fiorina can be a good spokesman on television, but she has no natural constituency and limited political appeal.

But Gingrich got in last time to boost his speaking fees and sell more books with the free exposure, and it worked like a charm, so I expect there will be a number of such unlikely candidates this cycle.

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The best way to stop the practice is to limit debates to the top five in polling for the four weeks preceding the debate.

After primaries actually begin, include those who have finished first in a primary or second in two, and weed out the also-rans.

    Doug Wright Old Grouchy in reply to Estragon. | March 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Kind of agree with limiting the number of participants in the debates once 2016 gets here. Then, just top five in the polls, including primary top three(Maybe just the top two?).

    But, before the primaries start, not sure that’s a good idea!

Bush / Fiorina, can you say third place in the election?