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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