Former CEO and potential Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday the probability she’ll formally start a 2016 campaign is “higher than 90 percent” and that she will probably announce in late April or early May.
Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer, told “Fox News Sunday” that she still needs to get “the right team in place … the right financial resources lined up, just as all the other potential candidates are doing.”ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENT
The 60-year-old Fiorina has already staked out her place in the early 2016 race as the only potential Republican candidate so far to serve as a contrast to Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ front-runner and lone, potential female candidate.
Fiorina was consistent in her criticism about Clinton’s legacy as secretary of state, saying, “flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”
She also said Clinton, a former first lady and New York senator, lacks accomplishment, is “not candid,” and “made a deliberate effort to shield her communications” while at the State Department by using a private server and email accounts.
Fiorina defended her tenure as Hewlett-Packard’s top executive from 1995 to 2005, which ended with her being forced out as company stock plummeted and tens of thousands of employees lost their jobs during the dotcom bubble.
She said she navigated the company through the worst tech recession in 25 years and that the criticism is just part of “Democratic talking points.”
Fiorina said her corporate experience gives her a good understanding of the U.S. economy and foreign policy. And she dismissed accusations that she is really angling for a GOP vice presidential nomination.
“If I run for president, it’s because I can win the job and do the job.”